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 - 3.30pm, 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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Educating the Nurse of the Future Consultation Workshop

Australian Government Department of Health

Sunday, 24 March 2019, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Ballroom 3, Hotel Grand Chancellor

An independent review of nursing education was announced as a measure in the 2018/19 Federal Budget as part of the Stronger Rural Health – Strengthening the role of the nursing workforce strategy.

The Review, Educating the Nurse of Future, will focus on how the education and preparation of nurses in Australia will ensure the nursing workforce is well placed to meet the future needs of Australian communities and our health system.

The Review will give consideration to the attraction into nursing as a career, international competitiveness of Australian based education programs and articulation and career paths of the preparation programs for Enrolled, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.

The Terms of Reference for the Review are to examine:

  • the effectiveness of current educational preparation of and articulation between  enrolled and registered nurses and nurse practitioners in meeting the needs of health service delivery
  • factors that affect the choice of nursing as an occupation, including for men
  • the role and appropriateness of transition to practice programs however named and
  • the competiveness and attractiveness of  Australian nursing qualifications across international contexts.

The Review will consider national and international trends and consult extensively with consumers and representatives from the health, aged care, disability, education and regulatory sectors .

This workshop will be facilitated by the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (Australian Government Department of Health) and provides an opportunity for employers, education providers, consumers, nurses and other health professionals to express their views on how nurses can be best prepared to meet the future needs of the Australian community.

Who should attend?

Registered and enrolled nurses, nurse practitioners, education providers, employers across the health care sector and consumers interested in the future preparation of nurses in Australia.

Cost:  $0.00, includes afternoon tea

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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 include:

  • Professor Lorimer Moseley, University of South Australia and Neuroscience Research Australia
  • Associate Professor David Butler, Neuro Orthopaedic Insititute Australia
  • Dr Emma Karran, University of South Australia
  • Angie Clerc-Hawke, Pain Revolution Local Pain Educators Program
  • Bernadette Smith, Clinical Psychologist, Burnie, Tasmania.

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

Cost:  $77.00 (gst inc) includes lunch
CPD points apply for eligible health professionals

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Chronic Disease Support Program

The Benchmarque Group

Sunday, 24 March 2019, 8.45am - 3.30pm, Merino Room, The Old Woolstore

The Chronic Disease Support Program is a short course designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to support an individual or client with a chronic disease through assessing their chronic disease and risk factors, exploring readiness for change, identifying health behaviours to change, and working with the client and their health professionals to develop a chronic disease self-management plan. The program is an ideal introduction for those new to chronic disease support or those wishing to enhance or refresh their knowledge and skills.

On successful completion of the program, students should have the ability to work with people managing chronic disease and offer individuals a unique, client-focused health outcome. The program is driven by a desire to create better health for clients, reduced hospital admissions, better patient compliance, and the provision of care by those best qualified to provide advice.

The competencies included in this course are:

  • CHCCCS001 Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing.

Eligible participants include Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners, Registered and Enrolled Nurses, General Practitioners and General Practice Registrars, Allied Health Workers, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers, and others.

Cost:  there is no cost to attend this pre-conference workshop.

To register:  click 'register now' link below.  Please note registration for this event is separate to the Conference registration process.  If you intend to register for both events you will need to register separately.


PDF icon ChronicDiseaseSupportProgram.pdf

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Better together! Song writing and singing workshops with Josh Arnold

Small Town Culture

24 March 2019, 12.30pm - 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, Chancellor Room 6, 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.

PDF icon MedicationsProgram.pdf

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