2016

Centre for Remote Health

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.

Professor John Wakerman, Associate Dean Flinders NT, Pat Ansell Dodds, Kath Martin and Annie FarthingThe Centre for Remote Health team of Annie Farthing, Kath Martin and Pat Ansell Dodds has received a Flinders University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences 2016 Executive Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. This award is for developing and delivering a high quality, well regarded, cultural training workshop titled Introduction to Central Australian Aboriginal Cultures and Context.

All students on placement in Central Australia attend this one day course as part of their orientation. Other organisations including government and non-government agencies and businesses are increasingly using the workshop as part of the orientation for new staff. Due to the integrity of the workshop content as well as the reputation it has established in a short space of time, Central Australian Health Services (CAHS) have made attendance at this workshop a mandatory requirement for all new staff.

Dr Nancy Pachana and Professor Tim Carey visiting the sights around Alice SpringsOn September 29 and 30 the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) in Alice Springs was privileged to welcome Dr Nancy Pachana to deliver an information seminar and workshop on ageing, for professionals interested in or currently working with older adults.  

24 participants attended the 1 hour Ageing Past, Present and Future seminar held on Thursday evening. Friday’s half day workshop, Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Aspects of Key Disorders in Later Life: Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Sleep Disorders and Dementia was well attended by 30 attendees. This workshop looked at assessment, diagnosis and treatment of older adults and how psychiatric disorders of later life differ from younger adults and similar disorders at earlier life stages. It also highlighted key points of assessment, diagnosis and/or treatment options for anxiety, substance abuse, sleep disorders and dementia in later life.  

Of the evaluations received many participants agreed or strongly agreed that the training expanded their knowledge. 

Dr Pachana's visit was supported by CRH Director, Professor Tim Carey and CRH Mental Health Academic, Tanja Hirvonen.

These visits provide great opportunities for practitioners working in remote Australia.

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