Centre for Remote Health

3rd Year undergraduate nursing students on placement with CRH: Melissa Godden, Hannah Leadbeater, Georgia Trewren and Emma WatsonFrom visiting remote communities, touring Uluru, playing in the local netball league or volunteering in primary health programs, Centre for Remote Health (CRH) placement students are getting the most out of their Red Centre experience.

During their 8 week Central Australian clinical placement facilitated by CRH, 3rd Year undergraduate nursing students Georgia Trewren, Melissa Godden, Hitomi Tokairin, Hannah Leadbeater, Bridget Smith and Emma Watson are gaining valuable clinical experience at the Alice Springs Hospital and working alongside remote area nurses in some of the most remote community health clinics in Australia.

After weeks of theoretical learning in the classroom, clinical placements outside metropolitan areas can be extremely valuable for students, providing opportunities to put their knowledge into practice and to be inspired by committed health professionals providing great care.

Professor Julio Licinio, Associate Professor Pascale Dettwiller, Professor Tim CareyIn April 2016 staff from the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) hosted Professor Julio Licinio from the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) to discuss the development of an important new research initiative.

Julio is Head of the Mind and Brain Theme at SAHMRI and is also the Strategic Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at Flinders University. One of Julio’s research interests is in the area of pharmacogenetics (personalised medicine). He is part of an international research group that has reported significant variations in the extent to which different population groups metabolise different medications. The different metabolism rates are due to natural variations (epigenetics) of particular liver enzymes which are essential in medication breakdown.

For more than a decade Centre for Remote Health Director, Professor Tim Carey has been developing an approach to mental health that is focussed on improving access to services and working with the diversity of symptom presentations that are common in remote and rural contexts.

The development of this approach began in rural Scotland and has continued in remote Australia. This work is now gaining international attention culminating in Professor Carey being invited to deliver workshops on this approach in the UK recently. The workshops were held in London and Manchester and attended primarily by psychologists and cognitive behaviour therapists. A London workshop participant wrote “Thank you so much for a truly life changing course last week. I found the three days so exciting and rich with true learning. I will not only use it in a clinical setting but in life!”

An extension to this therapeutic work has been the development of a self-care workshop for health professionals which Professor Carey has been conducting and evaluating through the Centre for Remote Health. He has been invited to deliver this workshop at the Rethinking Remote Conference in May 2016 in Inverness, Scotland.

Professor Rick Speare's Pharmacotherapeutics PresentationPharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses online course, developed and co-ordinated by the Centre for Remote Health (CRH), and designed specifically for the Australian remote health workforce has recently been presented at an international workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, as an example of a good e-learning course.

Emeritus Professor Rick Speare, as a representative of Department of Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Tufts University, Boston USA), was invited to be involved in the 'Planning meeting for e-learning development' workshop run by the Thailand One Health University Network, which involved representatives from 6 Thai universities.

Australia's Rural, Remote and Indigenous HealthCentre for Remote Health Academic Leader, Sue Lenthall recently published a new chapter titled 'Remote health practice' in Australia's Rural, Remote and Indigenous Health, 3rd Edition by Janie Dade Smith.

Australia's Rural, Remote and Indigenous Health 3e is a practical guide to the delivery of health care in rural and remote Australia. Drawing on personal experiences of rural and remote practitioners, historical accounts, literature analysis and epidemiology, this frank and engaging text examines the economic, social and political forces that shape healthcare in rural and remote Australia.

With limited current resources to support studies in rural and remote healthcare, this title bridges the gap by offering valuable insights into Indigenous life and social determinants of health through the use of storytelling. It is the perfect guide for anyone working in or planning to work in rural, remote or Indigenous Australia; and for those undertaking cultural studies, or social policy.

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