2016

Centre for Remote Health

Students on placement in Central AustraliaCentre for Remote Health (CRH) coordinates and provides support to students on placement Central Australia. A recent expansion in funding has allowed for the development of additional placement options, increased subsidised accommodation in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and increased inter-professional learning opportunities.

Students from all health related courses are welcome and encouraged to make the most of their stay in this unique area.  All students are also required to attend a one day course titled Introduction to Central Australian Aboriginal Cultures and Context  in order to prepare themselves to undertake a placement here.

CRH Topic Coordinator, Karen CollasIn June 2016 the Centre for Remote Health welcomed new Topic Coordinator Karen Collas.

Karen came to Central Australia originally to work as a Remote Area Nurse and has recently worked as a Director of Nursing and a Nurse Practitioner in remote Queensland.

Earlier in 2016 Karen travelled throughout Canada, Greenland and the United Kingdom where she examined the role and scope of practice of Nurse Practitioners in remote areas as part of her Churchill Fellowship.

Karen has a Masters in Remote Practice (Nurse Practitioner), a Masters in Remote Health Management and a Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and she is passionate about Nurse Practitioners working in remote settings.

Rick Speare Memorial Fund Morning Tea at CRHStaff at the Centre for Remote Health would like to express our sincere sympathies to our colleague Toby Speare and his family on the recent loss of his father, Rick Speare.

A much loved and devoted family man, Emeritus Professor Rick Speare was also a highly awarded and internationally respected researcher and educator who impacted the lives of a great number of people. Rick was a medical practitioner, a veterinary surgeon, a public health physician, great friend, colleague, supervisor, mentor, role model and inspiring teacher to many.

Are you in? Heck Yes!Centre for Remote Health’s Kate McAnnally, Annie Farthing and Tim Carey recently collaborated with University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health and the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health for a study funded by the Rural Heath Workforce Australia (RHWA) titled “Understanding the Decision to Relocate Rural Amongst Urban Nursing and Allied Health Students and Recent Graduates.” 

Access to quality health care providers continues to be a challenge in remote and rural regions of Australia with resultant gaps in health outcomes and life expectancy. 

The broad aim of the project was to obtain an understanding of the decision-making processes urban based nursing and allied health students and recent graduates undertake when they consider where to practice.  With a better understanding of  these processes, strategies to recruit nurses and allied health professionals to remote and rural areas could be focused and targeted for greater impact. 

CRH Topic Coordinator, Lyn ByersIn May 2016 the Centre for Remote Health welcomed new Topic Coordinator Lyn Byers.

Lyn has worked as a Remote Area Nurse across remote Central Australia for many years. She is a registered midwife and holds a graduate diploma in mental health nursing as well as a Master’s degree in Remote Health (Nurse Practitioner).

Lyn has a keen interest in clinical governance in the remote setting and chairs the Editorial Committee for the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals suite. She is passionate about remote health and the drivers of health and well-being and brings her extensive clinical knowledge to the Remote Health Program along with a sound theoretical background.

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