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Professor John Wakerman, Associate Dean, Flinders NTFlinders NT including the Centre for Remote Health extends a sincere thank you to Professor John Wakerman, who will complete his duties with Flinders University on 29 March 2019.

John has an extensive and influential career in rural and remote health, and has worked for Flinders University since 1999, when he was appointed as inaugural Director of the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs.

As Associate Dean, Flinders NT, Professor Wakerman’s purview includes the NT Medical Program, Centre for Remote Health and Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. He has served on many local, jurisdictional and national committees and boards, including as Chair of the Central Australian Rural Practitioners Association (CARPA), Deputy Chair of the Central Australian Health Service Board, a member of the NHMRC Health Care Committee, the Advisory Board of the Health and Hospitals Fund, and of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Advisory Council. He is a past Chair of the National Rural Health Alliance. He is currently a member of the NT General Practice Education Board and the Health Care Homes Evaluation Working Group.

Participants at the first Central Australian Pharmacist Education (CAPE) session taking part in interactive exercises on swallowing, thickened fluids and choking hazardsThe inaugural education session of the Central Australian Pharmacist Education (CAPE) program held in February at the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) in Alice Springs received an overwhelming response, with local community and hospital pharmacists, pharmacy interns, technicians and students taking part. Tennant Creek pharmacists also joined the session via video conference.

The interactive session Swallowing, thickened fluids and choking hazards!, was presented by Ms Nanthini Kanthan and the Alice Springs Hospital Speech Pathology team. Participants were able to make up and taste various thickening products, learn about strategies to prevent choking in patients suffering from dysphagia, and take part in an interactive quiz. The session was well received and provided participants with an opportunity to network as well as earn some Group 2 CPD points.

Professor John Wakerman Associate Dean Flinders NT presenting Dr Meg Simmons with the Flinders NT Outstanding Regional Supervisor Award for Allied Health in Central AustraliaFive years ago dental student Conor Harnischfeger undertook a twenty-week placement at the Flynn Drive Dental Clinic in Alice Springs under the mentorship of Meg and Bruce Simmons. Invited to return to the clinic as a new graduate he’s now the clinic’s Senior Dentist Manager, and is keen to give back and provide other students with the same positive experience that he received.

“The supervision I received during my placement was switched-on and caring and Meg and Bruce really took the time to help me develop clinically so that I felt very confident when I graduated”, says Conor.

Meg Simmons who until her recent retirement was the Senior Dentist at the clinic, received the Flinders NT Outstanding Regional Supervisor Award for Allied Health in Central Australia where she was recognised for being an exceptional clinical educator and mentor over many years. Students also commented on how she contributed to their development clinically, professionally, culturally, and personally.

Irene SchmutzCongratulations to Irene Schmutz, 2018 winner of the Gayle Woodford Memorial Scholarship, jointly sponsored by CRANAplus and the Centre for Remote Health. The scholarship covers all course fees for the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, offered through Flinders University.

Irene started her nursing degree at 30 in Switzerland, where she worked predominantly in mental health. For the past 5 years she has lived and worked mainly in regional and remote Western Australia in areas with a high Indigenous population, together with her family including three children.

After starting off at the Single Nurse Post in a small Aboriginal Community in the Karlamilyi National Park in the Western Desert, she moved to a nearby regional town to work in the Hospital and to volunteer as an Ambulance Officer.

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