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Speech Pathology student Monica Hatswell with Occupational Therapist Kylie Adams heading off to Lake Nash during Monica’s placement in Central AustraliaFlinders University Speech Pathology student Monica Hatswell has just completed her fourth-year placement with Desert Therapy in Alice Springs.

During her placement at Desert Therapy Monica saw clients both in the clinical setting, at the clients’ supported accommodation and out at Indigenous community camps. “Being able to experience remote health and work in close contact with Indigenous speech, language and disability have allowed me to understand the components of social determinants of health”, says Monica.

Since Desert Therapy is a private practice funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Monica was also able to get an insight into the workings of government funding which helped her to recognise the intricacies of providing health in the disability sector.

Once Monica finished her placement, she was offered a job immediately as a Therapy Assistant and stayed on for an extra month, obtaining more hands-on Speech Pathology work, and experience in a transdisciplinary setting.

“Attending placement in Alice Springs with Desert Therapy has been the most amazing placement experience thus far”, Monica said.

Find out more about Nursing and Allied Health placements in Central Australia supported by the Centre for Remote Health.

Centre for Remote Health Project Team: Barbara Richards, Kathleen Martin, Margaret Carey, Tim Carey and Ross CarterThe outstanding reputation of Flinders’ Centre for Remote Health (CRH) for cross-cultural awareness training has taken another leap forward with Newmont Goldcorp Tanami Operations, selecting the centre as a preferred training provider. Newmont Goldcorp is the world’s largest gold producer with a stated purpose to ‘create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining’.

An award-winning professional development course was developed by the CRH several years ago to provide an introduction to the culture of Central Australian Aboriginal people.

Newmont Goldcorp, which has operations and projects across four continents, selected the CRH through a competitive process for its Tanami Operations mine located 540 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs, on Aboriginal freehold land in the remote Tanami Desert. The traditional landowners for the region are the Warlpiri (Yapa) peoples.

Minister for Industry and Skills The Hon David Pisoni MP presents the SA/NT Pharmacist of the Year Award to Dr Danny TsaiCongratulations to Centre for Remote Health and Flinders NT’s Dr Danny Tsai, who received the SA/NT Pharmacist of the Year Award at the Annual Celebration of Excellence in Pharmacy, hosted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Dr Tsai was commended for his significant contribution to the safe and effective use of medicines in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and for improving clinical pharmacy services in Central Australia. He was presented with the award by Minister for Industry and Skills, David Pisoni MP, on Friday 1 March 2019.

Dr Tsai is the inaugural Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist at the Alice Springs Hospital and also his current research interests include investigating the demographics and bacteriology of severe community acquired pneumonia in Central Australia.

He was also recognised for his work supporting student placements, as a mentor for early career pharmacists, and for his contributions to ongoing education for health professionals working in remote areas.

Late last year Danny also became the first Central Australian based pharmacist to be awarded a fellowship by the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia.

pills 384846 340A workshop to assist clinicians in the provision of medications to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, was facilitated by Centre for Remote Health, Flinders NT and James Cook University staff as a pre-conference event at the 24 – 27 March 2019 National Rural Health Conference in Hobart.

Prescribing, dispensing and supporting medicines use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has been developed by Kathleen Martin and Tobias Speare from the Centre for Remote Health and Flinders NT, together with Sophia Couzos from James Cook University.

The workshop, designed to ensure the appropriate, safe and effective use of medicines, crucial to the effective management of many health conditions, covered access to medicines, communication considerations and adherence to therapies. It incorporated interactive activities and provided clinicians with strategies and resources to enhance quality use of medicines in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Flinders NT Professional staff from across the Northern Territory met in Alice SpringsFlinders NT professional staff recently met at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs for a three-day annual forum.

This was a great networking and professional development opportunity for staff across the five Flinders NT sites; Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Darwin.

Besides reflecting on the year gone by, and planning for the year ahead, staff expanded their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture with informative and interactive training delivered by Centre for Remote Health academics Kathleen Martin and Barbara Richards.

The forum also provided an understanding of the results of a DISC profile assessment tool used in strengthening teams and communication, which was conducted by BizNorth.

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

Thanks to all who contributed to its success.

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