Centre for Remote Health

Professor John Wakerman, Associate Dean Flinders NT, Rosalie Schultz, CARPA chair and Professor Tim Carey, Director Centre for Remote Health with the original painting that appears on the CARPA Standard Treatment ManualThe original painting which has appeared on the front cover of the Central Australian Rural Practitioner’s Association (CARPA) Standard Treatment Manual since 1992, will soon be displayed at Centre for Remote Health where the team coordinating the revision and production of the manuals is based.

The artwork was commissioned by Dr Steve Skov, a District Medical Officer for the communities, and a member of the editorial committee for the first edition of the CARPA Manual along with Sabina Knight, Nick Williams and Penny Silwood. Kumantjai Tjampitjimpa Nolan a practising ngangkari, established artist and senior elder in the Papunya, Mt Liebig and Haast’s Bluff areas was asked to paint something of his choice for the first edition.

Professors Sue Lenthall (award winner), Centre for Remote Health, Eileen Willis, Flinders University and Tim Carey, Centre for Remote HealthCentre for Remote Health’s Academic Leader, and longest serving staff member, Associate Professor Sue Lenthall has been awarded the Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University.

Sue has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the crucially important discipline of Remote Health in both research and education since the late 1990s. Flinders University is a national and international leader in Remote Health and Sue has played a key role in Flinders achieving this well-deserved status.

Sue was instrumental in the development of the Remote Health education programs, has continued to lead their development and expansion and is a pioneer who is at the cutting edge of our understandings regarding the discipline of Remote Health and how remote services can be improved.

Paul Stephenson, Chair of CRANAplus Board and Adjunct Prof Sue Lenthall, Centre for Remote Health with the Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship at the CRANAplus Annual Conference in HobartThe Centre for Remote Health (CRH) was strongly represented at the CRANAplus Annual conference held in Hobart in October 2016.

CRH’s Jenny Longland, Associate Professor Sue Lenthall and Topic Coordinator Karen Collas responded to queries about what the Centre for Remote Health offers those looking to study in the area of Remote Indigenous Health.

Associate Professor Sue Lenthall launched the Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship on the opening night. A joint initiative between Centre for Remote Health and CRANAplus, this scholarship covers all course fees for the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, offered through Flinders University. This scholarship is open to registered nurses, Indigenous health practitioners, allied health practitioners and medical officers.

Tobias SpeareCRH Pharmacy Academic, Toby Speare, Pharmacy Academic at the Centre for Remote Health, presented a Tabletop session titled Medicines Book, a communication tool at the recent Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Collaborative in Alice Springs.

The collaborative was well attended with approximately 100 delegates from a variety of settings attending to share knowledge and experience on Continuing Quality Improvement; how health services bring CQI to life, engage the healthcare team and the community, and how they have used their data to implement improvements on the ground– all of which have the aim of improving health outcomes.

The tabletop session was well received raising the profile of Medicines Book for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and Health Workers and the Centre for Remote Health’s role in its production.

Associate Professor Sheree Cairney - Photo courtesy TEDxStKilda Photographer Arun MuñozIn June 2016 in St Kilda, Victoria, Centre for Remote Health’s Associate Professor Sheree Cairney presented the Interplay project via a TEDx talk entitled ‘What Aboriginal knowledge can teach us about happiness’.

About the Interplay Project
For the past five years, the Interplay Project has been working with Aboriginal communities in remote Australia to represent their values and priorities in a wellbeing framework to guide policy. No easy feat, since Aboriginal knowledge is passed on through stories, and governments mainly speak the language of numbers. So, the Interplay researchers asked Aboriginal people about their values and goals in life, and worked out how these can be measured, in order to show their importance to government.

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