Pre-conference events

Determinants of health: working better together for rural and remote health and wellbeing

National Rural Health Alliance

Sunday, 24 March 2019, 10.00am - 3.00pm, Grand Ballroom 1, Hotel Grand Chancellor

Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities. Whether people are healthy or not, is determined by their circumstances and environment. To a large extent, factors such as where we live, the state of our environment, genetics, our income and education level, and our relationships with friends and family all have considerable impacts on health, whereas the more commonly considered factors such as access and use of health care services often have less of an impact.” (World Health Organization 2018)

Our health is enabled by education, agriculture, employment, housing, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, transport, energy systems, a healthy environment with clean air and water, a stable climate, and social inclusion and community safety. These interrelated factors all play an important part in determining a person’s health and the social cohesion of communities.  A sense of wellbeing is also enabled by a sense of optimism, about having choices and control about decisions we make.  It is also about having a sense of purpose in life, feeling confident to deal with life’s challenges and having a nurturing supportive family and community to support you.

How can we (health and non-health sectors, industries and communities) work better together to improve the health and wellbeing for rural and remote communities in Australia?

This interactive workshop will bring together a diverse range of health and non-health sector agencies, organisations and community groups to discuss and get to grips with the complex reality of how the determinants of health impact on health outcomes but how we work together to develop that sense of wellbeing that is so important to wellness as opposed to illness.

Participants will work together to gain a better understanding of the role that the health and non-health sectors can play in improving health and wellbeing in rural and remote communities and identify solutions.

Outcomes of the workshop will be the development of a set of strategies and proposals for action by all levels of government, including health and non-health-related agencies; and developing a strategic approach to progress the work beyond the preconference workshop.

Speakers include:

Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
Donna Ah Chee, Chief Executive Officer, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Fran Baum, Head of Department and Professor of Public Health at Flinders University

Robert Stable, Chair, Health Workforce Queensland - Facilitator

Cost:  $110 (gst inc), incudes lunch

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Preventing and managing chronic pain locally

Pain Revolution

24 March 2019, 9.30am – 3.30pm, Harbour View Room 2, Hotel Grand Chancellor

Chronic pain is complex and difficult to manage.  Clinical guidelines for the most common chronic pain - back pain - universally recommend advice to remain active, exercise and psychological therapies.  However, these things make no sense without first understanding why they are not dangerous or irrelevant.  It is not surprising then that, for both acute and chronic pain, guidelines mark ‘education’ as first line care.

What is pain education?  This workshop will focus on pain education as a potentially powerful and critical component of preventing and managing chronic pain.  An emphasis will be placed on enjoying the workshop - it promises to be entertaining as well as informative and it promises to challenge you to face at least one curly truth!  

Participants will gain a basic understanding of contemporary pain neuroscience, and enough general pain science knowledge to make sense of three clinical strategies:  optimised reassurance; data-driven escalation and referral; and using scans to promote active self- management.  The workshop will include practical tips and opportunities for discussion.  It will draw on the collective expertise of participants to problem solve pertinent issues for rural and regional practice.

Presenters/facilitators will include internationally renowned pain scientists, educators and clinicians.

This workshop is aimed at GPs and allied health professionals working in primary or tertiary care.

Cost:  $110 (gst inc) includes lunch
CPD points apply for eligible health professionals

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Better together! Song writing and singing workshops with Josh Arnold

Small Town Culture

24 March 2019, 12.00pm - 3.30pm, Chancellor Room 6, Hotel Grand Chancellor

Join song writer and music video producer Josh Arnold from Small Town Culture in song writing and singing workshops.

Workshops are open to all delegates and will involve the composition of an original song with lyrics representing the Conference theme, 'Better Together'.

The Song Writing Workshop will be held on Sunday, 24 March 2019 between 12:00pm and 3:30pm. The aim of this session will be to write a chorus and at least one verse.

The Singing Workshop will involve participants attending morning rehearsals in preparation for a performance on the final day.

Josh will also be holding workshops with local primary school students who will also learn the chorus and create their own verse.  The students will then join the Conference Choir in the final performance.

This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Cost:  free

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Prescribing, dispensing and supporting medicines use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Centre for Remote Health

Sunday, 24 March 2019, 8.30am - 12.20pm, Harbour View Room 1, Hotel Grand Chancellor

This workshop will assist clinicians involved in the provision of medications to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure the appropriate, safe and effective use of medicines.

Medications are crucial to the effective management of many health conditions. The workshop will cover access to medicines, communication considerations and adherence to therapies incorporating interactive activities to provide clinicians with strategies and resources to enhance quality use of medicines in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

On completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the systems designed to increase access to medicines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including Section 100, CTG scripts (PBS copayment measure) and QUMax.
  • Communicate treatment plans effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Implement strategies to enhance adherence to therapy.

The presenters include a public health physician, academic, and researcher with 27 years experience working for the Aboriginal community controlled health sector, Indigenous Australian Academics and a remote pharmacist with extensive experience and knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and communication.

All participants will receive a culturally appropriate medicines counselling resource developed to assist in the discussion of medicines with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The workshop was initially conducted as a James Cook University Generalist Medical Training masterclass.

Attendees may self-reported 3 hours of Group 2 Continuing Professional Development.


  • Sophie Couzos, Associate Professor, Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, James Cook University
  • Kathleen Martin, Indigenous Academic, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University
  • Barbara Richards, Indigenous Academic, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University
  • Tobias Speare, Pharmacy Academic, Centre for Remote Health, Flinders University

Cost:  $220 (gst inc) includes morning tea and medicines counselling resource.

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