Centre for Remote Health

Tobias SpeareCathy Hargreaves, WACRH Pharmacy Academic and Tobias Speare, CRH Pharmacy Academic, at the NAPSA Congress in Perth, Pharmacy Academic at Centre for Remote Health recently attended National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) Congress in Perth.

NAPSA Congress is an annual week-long event that brings together undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students from eighteen universities nationwide for education, networking opportunities, a trade-show hall and social events. NAPSA Congress 2017 in Perth was reportedly one of the highest attendances with 320 delegates.

Toby presented a session promoting rural and remote pharmacy that was well received. It was encouraging that about half of the audience indicated that they were considering working in a rural/remote area!! A trade show followed with much interest in the Rural Pharmacy Support Network booth.

Centre for Remote Health, Mental Health Academic, Tanja HirvonenCRH Mental Health Academic Tanja Hirvonen, recently featured in an SBS article where Australian Aboriginal psychologists talk about why Australia needs more Indigenous recruits to join the team. It comes after the Australian Psychological Society said sorry for their silence on the Stolen Generation.
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Toby SpeareIn a recent article published in the Australian Journal of Pharmacy, Centre for Remote Health Pharmacy Academic Tobias Speare outlines how you can encourage culturally safe and responsive practice in your pharmacy.

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Professor Tim Carey, Aboriginal Health Practitioner Co-ordinator, Iris Raye and Tanja Hirvonen at Milikapiti Health Clinic on Melville IslandCentre for Remote Health’s Professor Tim Carey and Tanja Hirvonen visited Tiwi Islands in December 2016 to meet with Aboriginal Health Practitioners and team leaders to discuss mental health/wellbeing and self–care learning needs.  

This forms part of research about whether the development of training for Aboriginal health Practitioners (AHP) is needed, to enhance the good work they are currently performing.  

The discussions confirmed that future training would provide significant benefits for the AHP workforce, in particular the remote AHP workforce.  The Centre for Remote Health is very interested in upskilling AHPS’s in Mental health and self-care as it is felt that this will also have great benefits in retaining this cohort and their longevity in Aboriginal Primary Heath care.  

This most recent trip was very encouraging and it is hoped that this is the beginning of enhancing relationships with the North of Australia.

Atoifi Adventist Hospital, Solomon IslandsTobias Speare, Pharmacy Academic at the Centre for Remote Health, visited the Atoifi Adventist Hospital (AAH) in remote Solomon Islands in October 2016 to assist in the establishment of medicines management processes. The trip to the Solomon Islands was very successful with the establishment of important partnerships, the development of a number of protocols around how medicines are managed in AAH including consultation with stakeholders, the redesign of the pharmacy and support for local pharmacy officer.

In addition Toby was able to provide guidance to members of the Atoifi Health Research Group who were presenting at an upcoming Pacific Nurses Forum , where the Atoifi Health Research Group was recognised as an extremely high performing organisation.

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