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Centre for Remote Health Pharmacy Academic, Tobias SpeareCongratulations to Centre for Remote Health Pharmacy Academic Tobias Speare, who has received a 2018 Flinders University Vice President and Executive Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, for the Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses online course.

The course in safe medicines management for the remote nursing workforce has great capacity to improve knowledge, confidence, awareness, competence and preparedness for nurses to work in remote locations.



Participant feedback states that the Pharmacotherapeutics course:
• is relevant and appropriate to remote context
• provides better understanding of RAN scope of practice and constraints and
• promotes holistic practice to ensure safe, effective and appropriate treatment

The course is seen as an important part of preparing and upskilling the remote health workforce. It provides a variety of techniques to enhance learning experience and its online delivery provides increased access to educational opportunities.

Find out more about Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses

Primary Health Care GameThe Centre for Remote Health recently delivered its two-day Primary Health Care Workshop in Broome with participants from the Kimberley Population Health Unit and Kimberley Aboriginal Health Service.

The challenging and team-structured Primary Health Care (PHC) Game forms part of this workshop, and forces consensus to be found, decisions to be made and priorities to be reached by community advisory groups, with the clock ticking!

Primary Health Care: Making a difference examines the environmental, structural and philosophical issues that impact upon health provision in remote Australia. It looks at the core principles of primary health care as they currently apply in the Australian context. These principles should form the framework by which we deliver care in remote Australia. This is based on a comprehensive PHC approach which takes a ‘more than ever” into account as well as the social determinants of health, health inequalities, health promotion, illness prevention, treatment and care of the sick, rehabilitation, community engagement and development, advocacy and collaboration and population health approaches. This inevitability leads us to look at local policies to determine whether in fact the service is on track.

This workshop can be tailored to suit the needs of your organisation and state. The workshop applies the big picture to the local context.

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Flinders University staff at the Indigenous Health Staff Forum held 13 - 14 NovemberThe inaugural three part College of Medicine and Public Health (CMPH) and College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) Indigenous Health Staff Forum was held on 13 and 14 November. This was well attended by over fifty Flinders University staff from all over the SA/NT Flinders University footprint.

Participants included staff from the CMPH, the CNHS and Yunggorendi at Bedford Park, as well as local and remote staff from the Poche Centres for Indigenous Health and Well-Being (Adelaide and Northern Territory), Flinders Northern Territory (Darwin and Katherine), the Centre for Remote Health (Alice Springs) and Flinders Rural Health South Australia (Riverland, Mt Gambier, Barossa and the Hills Mallee region).

Clinical placements: challenging and rewardingAs part of her Masters in Clinical Psychology, Tanu Joshi from Macquarie University completed a two-month placement through the Centre of Remote Health (CRH) in Alice Springs. On placement she worked with several mental health teams including the sub-acute facility, hospital inpatient unit and the remote mental health team.

Tanu had the opportunity to work with clients around their treatment, learn about their cultural and family life and their unique beliefs about mental health.

“Throughout my time in Alice Springs I developed a deeper understanding of the complexities and nuances of working with Indigenous cultures”.

“For me, the most interesting aspect of this placement was visiting remote Indigenous communities and engaging in outreach”.

While working across the mental health departments Tanu also received ongoing supervision from staff within the teams, as well as weekly supervision with CRH clinical staff. This provided a great environment to support ongoing learning and reflection from supervisors who are well experienced in working in this field.

“This placement was definitely challenging, however if you are open minded, flexible and able to adapt to your surroundings there is a lot to be gained. Overall, my placement was a great unique experience that I couldn’t have had anywhere else but in Alice Springs.

Developing future psychologistsThe Flinders NT student placement program supports clinical supervisors of students on placement in the Northern Territory. One program supervisor, Clinical Psychologist Professor Tim Carey, has provided an insight into the benefits of clinical supervision. Some of his students undertaking placements are completing the requirements for generalist registration while others are also working towards a specialist endorsement in clinical psychology or some other area of specialised psychological practice.

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