Centre for Remote Health

Emma Bugden, 2017 Winner of the Gayle Woodford Memorial ScholarshipCongratulations to Emma Bugden, 2017 winner of the Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship, jointly sponsored by CRANAplus and the Centre for Remote Health.

Emma began her Nursing career as an Enrolled Nurse in 2011 and went on to qualify as a Registered Nurse in 2014. Emma has lived and worked in regional and remote areas for the majority of her life and raised her family as a sole parent during her studies. She requested Alice Springs for her eight-week undergraduate placement, and accepted a graduate position at the Alice Springs Hospital rather than a city based hospital. She began as a Project Manager/Research Nurse with Menzies School of Health Research in September 2015 and is also currently a clinical facilitator for Flinders University nursing students undertaking placements in Central Australia. She is a Stage 3 candidate for the 2017 Australian College of Nursing Emerging Nurse Leader program and expects to be complete with a High Achiever’s Award next month.

Flinders NT & Centre for Remote Health Pharmacy Academic, Tobias Speare with his sons Sebastian (left) and Rohan (right)Congratulations to Flinders NT and Centre for Remote Health Pharmacy Academic, Tobias Speare who has been invited to join the newly formed NT Clinical Senate.

The NT Clinical Senate was formed with the intention of achieving the best health and wellbeing for all Territorians through the development, management and performance of the public health system. Recommendations will be provided to the Department of Health Chief Executive Officer to ensure high quality clinical governance and decision making.

Toby is honoured to be able to contribute to the health of people in the Northern Territory.


Patient-Perspective Care by Professor Tim CareyProfessor Tim Carey, Fulbright Scholar and Director the Flinders University Centre for Remote Health, has been made a board member and fellow of the Australian Psychological Society.

Based at Antioch University New England in leafy New Hampshire, Professor Carey is currently investigating more equitable global health systems as the Northern Territory Fulbright Senior Scholar for 2017-2018.

He is also completing a new book entitled Patient-Perspective Care: A new paradigm for health systems and services, to be published by Routledge in December 2017.

The book describes the worldwide problem of inappropriate health care, which leads to overuse of ineffective treatments and the underuse of simple and inexpensive interventions which result in billions of dollars of wasted health services annually.

Disability students: Naomi Tuckett, Charlotte Gobec, Rhianna Brooks, Kia Bedson with CRH Allied Health Academic, Annie FarthingFour students undertaking a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders University in Adelaide recently took the opportunity to complete part of their placement program in Alice Springs through the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) .

Naomi Tuckett, Charlotte Gobec, Rhianna Brooks and Kia Bedson completed their two-week placements at Gillen Primary School and Acacia Hill School.

Support offered to students by CRH includes the use of bicycles at no cost. This enables students to get to and from their placement locations easily. They can even get out and explore the town and surrounds during their free time.

Find out more about student placements in Central Australia


Professor Tim Carey with his participation medalProfessor Tim Carey, Director of the Centre for Remote Health, recently finished an impressive run in the New York marathon earlier this month.

Professor Carey ran the race, which takes in the five boroughs of New York – Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan – in three hours, 38 minutes and 30 seconds.

“The marathon is 26.2 miles long (42.2 km) and I had a goal to run in it under four hours, so it was great to do that,” says Professor Carey.

The New York marathon began in 1970 and, with 51,394 participants last year, has set the record for the largest marathon in the world.

This year, an estimated 2.5 million spectators lined the race route to cheer on runners.

Photo courtesy Yothu Yindi Foundation: The Yolngu clans perform bunggul (ceremonial dances) at the 2017 Garma festivalTwelve Flinders University staff members were fortunate to experience the annual Garma Festival of Traditional Culture held in August, in North East Arnhem Land, about 30 minutes from the township of Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. Flinders NT staff hosted senior staff from Adelaide to experience this unique event.

The Festival was established by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, whose vision is for Yolngu and other Indigenous Australians to have the same level of wellbeing and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians. The aim of the festival is to discuss economic and educational opportunities, and reconciliation through the sharing of culture and traditional practice in a culturally safe environment.


Photo courtesy Northern Territory PHN: Greg Norman, Ramingining Health Centre, Frances Turner, Central Australia Health Service, the Honourable Paul Harding AM, Peter Wordsworth and Joanne Berry, Barunga Health CentreThe Centre for Remote Health (CRH) was once again pleased to be a sponsor of the NT Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care. These annual awards recognise the outstanding service provided by the Northern Territory’s (NT) primary health care professionals and were presented at Government House in Darwin on 13th October.

Karen Piper, representing CRH, gave an address to the Administrator, finalists and guests and CRH Allied Health Academic, Annie Farthing representing Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) spoke on behalf of the judging panel. 


Centre for Remote Health Academic Annie Farthing, who was part of the Flinders NT award winning teamAssociate Professor Sue Lenthall, Dr Helen Wozniak and Associate Professor Narelle Campbell with Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling at the award presentations.A team from Flinders NT has won an Australian Government Award for University Teaching.

Associate Professor Narelle Campbell, Dr Helen Wozniak, Associate Professor Sue Lenthall and Ms Annie Farthing received one of the 2017 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

The team’s citation was for ‘facilitating quality workplace-based supervision practice for health professionals in remote locations through development and provision of context-responsive inter-professional training and peer review resources’.

Professor Tim Carey, Centre for Remote Health and Associate Professor Ellyn Mulcahy, Director of MPH program, Kansas State UniversityAs part of his Fulbright Scholarship experience, Professor Tim Carey from the Centre for Remote Health recently had the opportunity to meet with faculty at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas under the ‘Fulbright Oz to Oz’ program. Professor Carey was hosted by Associate Professor Ellyn Mulcahy, Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

The MPH at Kansas State University is an interdisciplinary degree with 4 areas of emphasis:

  • food safety and biosecurity
  • infectious diseases and zoonoses
  • public health nutrition and
  • public health physical activity

During the visit Professor Carey met with a range of different academics and delivered a seminar titled ‘Defining Health: Issues and solutions’.

The visit was extremely worthwhile and allowed Professor Carey to discuss possible ongoing international collaborations between Kansas State University and Flinders University.

Lady Tureiti Moxon, Tekohao health, New Zealand, Tureia Moxon Tekohao Health New Zealand, Kathleen Martin and Tanja Hirvonen, Centre for Remote Health, Luke Duffy, Black Dog Institute, Terry Brennan, Mallee District Aboriginal ServicesKath Martin and Tanja Hirvonen from the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs were invited to present at the Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Forum (formerly known as Tooleybuc) held in Moama, New South Wales in August. The forum is held to develop relationships, partnerships and also for learning around SEWB and what is working for the workers in the Loddon Mallee Region.


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