Centre for Remote Health

Photo courtesy Yothu Yindi Foundation: The Yolngu clans perform bunggul (ceremonial dances) at the 2017 Garma festivalTwelve Flinders University staff members were fortunate to experience the annual Garma Festival of Traditional Culture held in August, in North East Arnhem Land, about 30 minutes from the township of Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory. Flinders NT staff hosted senior staff from Adelaide to experience this unique event.

The Festival was established by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, whose vision is for Yolngu and other Indigenous Australians to have the same level of wellbeing and life opportunities as non-Indigenous Australians. The aim of the festival is to discuss economic and educational opportunities, and reconciliation through the sharing of culture and traditional practice in a culturally safe environment.


Photo courtesy Northern Territory PHN: Greg Norman, Ramingining Health Centre, Frances Turner, Central Australia Health Service, the Honourable Paul Harding AM, Peter Wordsworth and Joanne Berry, Barunga Health CentreThe Centre for Remote Health (CRH) was once again pleased to be a sponsor of the NT Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care. These annual awards recognise the outstanding service provided by the Northern Territory’s (NT) primary health care professionals and were presented at Government House in Darwin on 13th October.

Karen Piper, representing CRH, gave an address to the Administrator, finalists and guests and CRH Allied Health Academic, Annie Farthing representing Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) spoke on behalf of the judging panel. 


Centre for Remote Health Academic Annie Farthing, who was part of the Flinders NT award winning teamAssociate Professor Sue Lenthall, Dr Helen Wozniak and Associate Professor Narelle Campbell with Flinders Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling at the award presentations.A team from Flinders NT has won an Australian Government Award for University Teaching.

Associate Professor Narelle Campbell, Dr Helen Wozniak, Associate Professor Sue Lenthall and Ms Annie Farthing received one of the 2017 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

The team’s citation was for ‘facilitating quality workplace-based supervision practice for health professionals in remote locations through development and provision of context-responsive inter-professional training and peer review resources’.

Professor Tim Carey, Centre for Remote Health and Associate Professor Ellyn Mulcahy, Director of MPH program, Kansas State UniversityAs part of his Fulbright Scholarship experience, Professor Tim Carey from the Centre for Remote Health recently had the opportunity to meet with faculty at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas under the ‘Fulbright Oz to Oz’ program. Professor Carey was hosted by Associate Professor Ellyn Mulcahy, Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program.

The MPH at Kansas State University is an interdisciplinary degree with 4 areas of emphasis:

  • food safety and biosecurity
  • infectious diseases and zoonoses
  • public health nutrition and
  • public health physical activity

During the visit Professor Carey met with a range of different academics and delivered a seminar titled ‘Defining Health: Issues and solutions’.

The visit was extremely worthwhile and allowed Professor Carey to discuss possible ongoing international collaborations between Kansas State University and Flinders University.

Lady Tureiti Moxon, Tekohao health, New Zealand, Tureia Moxon Tekohao Health New Zealand, Kathleen Martin and Tanja Hirvonen, Centre for Remote Health, Luke Duffy, Black Dog Institute, Terry Brennan, Mallee District Aboriginal ServicesKath Martin and Tanja Hirvonen from the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs were invited to present at the Social Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Forum (formerly known as Tooleybuc) held in Moama, New South Wales in August. The forum is held to develop relationships, partnerships and also for learning around SEWB and what is working for the workers in the Loddon Mallee Region.

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