Pre-Conference Events

Below you will find details about a range of pre-conference events available for delegates to attend prior to the official Conference opening session. These events are now open for registration.

The Improvement challenge: how local health performance information creates opportunities to improve rural and remote health outcomes


24 May 2015, 9am - 3pm, Waterfront 1, Darwin Convention Centre

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) and National Health Performance Authority (NHPA) were pleased to host a workshop on how local health data can be used to provide opportunities to improve health outcomes prior to the National Rural Health Conference.

NHPA CEO Diane Watson described work the NHPA has done to provide Primary Health Network (PHN) boundaries as overlays over data reported on the Healthy Communities website. Work is underway to recalculate the indicators currently reported on the site by PHN, though this would not be available for some time. Peer grouping will be used for PHN reporting, and she invited PHNs to contribute to the development of this work. View Multimedia Presentation

Mark Booth, Department of Health, spoke to the group about the role of data in supporting the commissioning work of PHNs. He noted that while programs such as various mental health programs would continue to be delivered via existing or transitioning arrangements in 2015-16, PHNs would be expected to market test these services, with this work to be put out to tender in future years. 

He described the smaller number of KPIs for which there will be a requirement for public reporting (ie the four headline performance indicators on preventable hospitalisations, immunisation, cancer screening and mental health treatment) as reducing reporting burden; and noted that while PHNs would not be responsible for collecting these data, they would be expected to develop relationships, for example, with state governments and public hospitals, in order to report on indicators such as preventable hospitalisations. View Multimedia Presentation

Hugh Heggie, NT Department of Health, discussed performance monitoring as critical to health system improvement, but suggested that analysis was required to understand whether change was an improvement. He proposed that a primary health care reporting framework was required in addition to the various primary health indicators which are reported. View Multimedia Presentation

Sue Scheinpflug and Sharon Sweeney, West Moreton Oxley Medicare Local, described the role of data and community needs assessments in informing strategic planning and organisational structure, and prioritising efforts and resources. View Multimedia Presentation

Kirsty Linehan, Department of Social Services, demonstrated the Department’s Data Exchange which includes community-level data on services and client outcomes. View Multimedia Presentation

For more information, please contact Alison Verhoeven, AHHA Chief Executive at: [email protected]

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Cultural responsiveness: an action based approach to cultural safety


24 May 2015, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Darwin Convention Centre

It is essential that health professionals are both clinically competent and culturally responsive in order to positively affect the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  This interactive workshop, delivered collaboratively by Indigenous Allied Health Australia, Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association, the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association, will build participants' ability to be culturally responsive to the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with a particular emphasis on those living in rural and remote locations. 

Participants will have the opportunity, in a safe environment, to engage in self-reflection and practical activities that will enhance their ability to take culturally responsive action.  This course is for all rural and/or remote health professionals interested in providing culturally safe and responsive care with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. View Multimedia Presentation

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Writing for Publication

Australian Journal of Rural Health

24 May 2015, 1:00pm – 3:45pm, Darwin Convention Centre

For new and published authors looking for answers:

  • How does peer review work?
  • What does an editor contribute?
  • How does my research influence policy solutions?
  • What is happening in global publishing?

The editors of the Australian Journal of Rural Health will answer these and many more questions. The workshop includes the popular hands-on session in which they will offer practical advice on how to edit your own manuscript to increase its chances of publication. View Presentation View Multimedia Presentation

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Medicines in the bush multi-disciplinary workshop

Pharmaceutical Society of Australia

24 May 2015, 10am - 3.30pm, MR1, Convention Centre

Managing medicines in rural and remote settings is challenging for health professionals and their clients. This workshop will explore some of the challenges and the solutions to medication access and management. Topics will include Aboriginal health, innovative service models and program delivery, renal disease and  management of complex chronic disease.

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Cost:  $125 (gst inc)

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The rural health guide to social media: learn how to survive and thrive online

National Rural Health Alliance

24 May 2015, 10.00am – 3.00pm, Adina/Vibe Hotel, Darwin

Social Media presents fantastic opportunities for remote and rural health professionals and consumers to overcome personal and professional isolation.  Social media can expand their professional networks, keep them up-to-date with the latest news and developments in their areas of interest, and provide a dynamic interactive vehicle for communicating with the community.

The first half of this workshop will be a taster for remote and rural health professionals who are interested in Social Media but don’t know where to begin.  The second half of the workshop will focus on more advanced topics including how to set up a blog, how to use social media for continuing professional development, and how to create content including presentations and videos to share through social media.

Cost:  $55 (gst inc)

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Fundraising Possibilities through storytelling about the People and Places of your organisation CANCELLED

National Rural Health Alliance

24 May 2015, 10.00am - 3.00pm, Adina/Vibe Hotel, Darwin

This interactive workshop includes Why, How and When to fundraise and templates for a fundraising toolbox.  Participants will be equipped to develop an integrated fundraising strategy for their organisation covering direct marketing, events, capital campaigns, volunteer and stakeholder engagement and social media. Working in teams, participants will develop a fundraising campaign for use back at their organisation.

The second part of the workshop will enable participants to develop stories to market their organisations to stakeholders and all types of philanthropic supporters.  Guidance on structure, methods and outputs of stories for newsletters, speeches, websites, brochures etc including practical tips and templates will help participants working in teams to develop a communication plan that could be used by their organisation.

Cost: $220 (gst inc)

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Rural Emergency Skills Training (REST)

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

22-23 May 2015, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort, 64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin

A series of realistic scenarios and workshops directly relevant to the pre-hospital, small rural hospital and private rural practice environment.  Uses clinical knowledge and protocols for training in adult and paediatric medical emergencies and trauma.

REST is a face-to-face, hands-on course relevant to: doctors and other health professionals requiring emergency care up-skilling or new in rural practice e.g. International Medical Graduates, Registrars in training programs.  Places are limisted to 20 participants.

Cost: Special rate of $2,895 (gst inc) for conference delegates.

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Rural Emergency Obstetrics Training (REOT)

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

23 May 2015, Adina/Vibe Hotel, Darwin

One day workshop focusing strongly on the practical demonstration and explanation of emergency obstetric skills to support the rural clinician; conducted by rural GPs and Midwives experienced in rural medicine.

REOT is suitable for non GP Obstetricians; Practice Nurses; Allied Health Workers; IMGs, Registrars, GP Obstetricians or Midwives seeking up-skilling.  Places are strictly restricted to 21 people per day.

Cost:  ACRRM is extending a rate of $1,500 (gst inc) for conference delegates

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Bus tour to Nauiyu Nambiyu Community - FULL

National Rural Health Alliance

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 7am - 7pm

The National Rural Health Alliance is pleased to offer Conference delegates the opportunity for a full day bus tour to Nauiyu Nambiyu (Daly River) Community on the Saturday before the Conference begins. The tour is being organised with the assistance of local Primary Health Care Manager and Friend of the Alliance, Janet Fletcher, and Gary Higgins MP, Member for Daly, NT, and Minister for Sport and Recreation; Senior Territorians; Environment; and Minister assisting the Minister for Arts and Museums.

Cost:  $55 (gst inc)

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NDIS opportunities and possibilities: delivering the NDIS in rural and remote areas

24 May 2015, 9.15 am - 3.30 pm, The Hilton Hotel, Darwin

A practical workshop run by disability experts who will assist you to:

  • identify the NDIS funding opportunities;
  • examine successful service models and the organisational change required by the NDIS;
  • explore the key worker model for disability services in rural and remote areas; and
  • discuss best practice indigenous disability service delivery.

Explore the operation of the NDIS with some of Australia's leading disability experts and the leaders of the NDIS in the NT.  This is a practical workshop designed to give you the tools and resources to succeed with the NDIS. But don't just take our word for it - see what our Adelaide workshop participants had to say:

"vast knowledge and experience - articulate experts - inclusive of all ideas"
"I have a whole list of actions to take back with me..."
"friendly, interesting, passionate, genuine"  
"excellent experience"
"real life examples...thank you for your passion, time and support..."
"I really like your passion and plain speaking. It makes more sense to me..."

Cost::   $297 (gst inc)

Medisim Trauma Care Workshop

Careflight Inc

Saturday, 23 May 2015, 9am - 5pm, Darwin Convention Centre

Regional, rural and remote first responders are often the first people on scene at major trauma incidents. What they do in the first 5, 10 or 20 minutes can make the difference between a full or limited recovery, or life and death.  CareFlight will be holding a MediSim Trauma Care Workshop to provide high quality trauma training for rural first responders that will be delivered by doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Cost:  free

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