2016

Centre for Remote Health

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.

The Centre for Remote Health (CRH) was present at the International College of Emergency Nurses (ICEN) conference held in Alice Springs from the 19th – 21st October 2016. The booth was kept busy with a constant stream of enquiries about opportunities for further education and preparation for remote practice.

Nurses from as far away as Hong Kong, China and Saudi Arabia stopped by to chat, as well as many other nurses from across Australia. Many left their contact details asking for further information and resources to be sent, with considerable interest in the Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses and Transition to Remote Area Nursing courses.  

The Centre for Remote Health received congratulations for the most attractive booth and thanks for the donation of a set of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals for a door prize.

Attendance at the International College of Emergency Nurses conference raised awareness of the Centre for Remote Health across a broad range of nursing specialities. It showcased the courses offered to prepare for practice in a different working context, with many nurses saying they were comfortable with their emergency skills but needed to upskill in primary health care.
Professor Tim CareyProfessor Tim Carey, Director Centre for Remote Health, Director for Centre for Remote Health has recently been appointed to the Central Australia Clinical Council of the Northern Territory Primary Health Network (NTPHN).

The role of the Clinical Council is to assist the NT PHN’s Board to better understand the health needs of Northern Territory communities, and to support and strengthen the role of general practice and allied health sectors in comprehensive primary health care.

Are you in? Heck YesAre you in? Heck Yes! report is now available on the Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA) website

This report Understanding the Decision to Relocate Rural Amongst Urban Nursing and Allied Health Students and Recent Graduates is a collaboration between Centre for Remote Health’s, Annie Farthing, Kate McAnnally and Tim Carey with Monash Rural Health and the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health.

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.  This project looked at 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.

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