Centre for Remote Health

Systematic Review Training GroupResearchers from the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) provided a five-day Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program for Flinders Northern Territory and Centre for Remote Health (CRH) staff during February.

JBI is the international not-for-profit, research and development centre within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. The training was provided by Medical Doctor, Public Health Specialist and Researcher, Dr Catalin Tufanarua, together with Evidence-Based Healthcare Researcher and Advocate, Zachary Munn.

A systematic review is an overview of all the available evidence about a particular medical research question. Comprehensive systematic reviews identify knowledge gaps that call for more research. The conclusions of reviews are more reliable than those of individual studies and as such are more reliable to inform public health decision making and policy development. Staff members who participated in the three modules of this training can also become Certified Reviewers.

Training in such skills will provide Flinders NT and CRH staff with connections to other researchers, research excellence and innovation. After participating in this training staff reported that they will be conducting systematic reviews to build on and develop high quality research already being carried out by our staff in the Northern Territory.


Remote Health Practice graduates reach record numbersCongratulations to 40 Flinders University students who recently completed Post Graduate studies through the Remote Health Practice Program at the Centre for Remote Health. This is the largest group of graduates of the program in eight years and is a testament to the steady increase in enrolments over the past decade.

Of the 40 graduates, 31 were awarded the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, while 8 students received the Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Practice and 1 achieved the Master of Remote and Indigenous Health.

The Remote Health Practice Program aims to improve the health status of populations living in remote Australia by providing appropriate education of the health workforce. Since its inception in 1999, 591 students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds including Nursing, Medical and Allied Health have graduated.

Working together across Flinders NT

In February, Flinders NT professional staff gathered in Darwin for a two-day annual forum.

This was a great networking and professional development opportunity for staff from all corners of the Northern Territory including Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Darwin.

The forum included individual presentations by staff about new projects, discussion and development of policies and procedures as well as goal setting and time management workshops facilitated by Corp Workplace Solutions.

These important occasions help to increase collaboration, streamline and standardise processes and strengthen staff relationships and connections across our sites.

Thanks to all who contributed to its success.


Jack-o'-lantern carved pumpkins at HalloweenCentre for Remote Health’s Director, Professor Tim Carey recently returned to Central Australia after spending four months in the United States under the Fulbright Scholarship program. Professor Carey recounts his experience and learnings which have important policy and practice implications for service delivery in remote health settings of Australia.

"Being awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship enabled me to spend four months at the Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI), Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England. The University is a very small postgraduate university of approximately 1000 students. The Department of Clinical Psychology is one of five departments at the University and offers a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. The University has a very strong and explicit social justice focus with many messages on noticeboards about the importance of equality, acceptance, and understanding.

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