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Friday 12 October 2018 | ISSUE 15

Working together with IAHA
SARRAH Policy 

SARRAH believes in working closely with our industry partners to achieve our mission, so Australian rural and remote communities have allied health services that support equitable and sustainable health and well-being. 

During the 2018 SARRAH National Conference, Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) Chairperson, Nicole Turner and SARRAH President, Rob Curry signed an MOU, agreeing to focus areas of cooperation on four projects:
  1. expansion of the allied health rural generalist pathway into a national training pathway to support the development and retention of allied health professionals with advanced skills to respond to community needs
  2. development and trial of a new model of community led service delivery to address areas of currently unmet health need in remote communities
  3. develop and support a culturally safe and responsive allied health workforce to improve access to high quality allied health to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities 
  4. review and revise the SARRAH Transition Toolkit for allied health professionals in rural and remote communities to embed cultural responsiveness and safety into each element of the resource and develop additional resources to support the establishment of businesses that are fit for purpose for the communities they will serve.

#RuralHealthTogether is an initiative of NSW Rural Doctors Network to provide rural health professionals with self – care support and access to mental – health related information, both for themselves and for their patients.

“As the Rural Workforce Agency for health in NSW, the Rural Doctors Network (RDN) recognises the critical need for doctors, GPs, nurses and allied health practitioners to take care of themselves, so they can continue to keep our rural communities healthy.  
“To ensure the health of our healthcare professionals is a priority, particularly in times of crises such as the NSW drought, RDN has launched #RuralHealthTogether to provide rural health professionals with self-care support and access to mental health-related information, both for themselves and their patients.  
“The website aggregates information into a one-stop-shop for health professionals seeking support, resources and self-care advice.
“The aim is to encourage healthcare practitioners to take time for themselves, acknowledge how they’re feeling, practise self-care and highlight that mental health doesn’t discriminate just because you work in the health sector.
“All members of the community are encouraged to show their support of the rural health workforce by writing a message of support to their own social media and using the hashtag #RuralHealthTogether so this can be seen by, and shared with, our rural health workforce.”
 Richard Colbran, CEO of Rural Doctors Network

The Compass Teaching & Learning Conference is Northern Territory PHN’s premier professional development and networking event for primary health care professionals. This year’s conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade, Darwin on 23-24 November.

NT PHN invites primary health professionals from all disciplines to register now.

This year’s theme is Integrated Care: Solutions & Opportunities. The two-day conference will showcase successes and opportunities in providing integrated models of care, particularly in rural and remote settings. The full conference program is coming soon.

Compass is a free event for all delegates. Registration entitles delegates to attend all conference program activities and networking opportunities, including the Gala Dinner on Friday 23 November.

The Health Professional of the Year Awards will also be presented at the Gala Dinner. These awards recognise health professionals who are striving to customise their service and engage their patients and peers to improve health and well-being in the NT. To find out more about the criteria for the awards and how to submit your nomination(s), click here.

to join the SARRAH Community!

Individuals and organisations are invited to join our community and help shape future policy reform to support allied health professionals working in the isolated areas of Australia. SARRAH WELCOMES YOU into our ever expanding network of members and contributors.

Why you should join.    |       Join today.


Become an Allied Health Rural Generalist
2019 Intake Opens Soon!

Rural Generalist Program for Early Career Professionals
Early carer professionals who seek to meet the needs of rural and remote communities are often challenged by their scope of practice and experience. James Cook University (JCU) understands these challenges and in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has developed a work-integrated development program for early career allied health professionals. The Rural Generalist Program is modular, tailored to your specific needs and can be completed in 12 – 24 months at your pace. Click here for more details.

Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice
The Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice builds upon the training provided in the Rural Generalist Program and enables you to further extend your scope of practice. The program enables you to improve access to services, find opportunities to deliver better health outcomes and lead your health service in developing new models of care.

Both the Rural Generalist Program and Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice are open to medical imaging, nutrition, dietetics, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology trained allied health professionals. Click here to find out more about the Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice.

About the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway (AHRGP)
The Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway is a national strategy led by the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) and developed by a collaboration led by the Department of Queensland Health. The pathway is a strategy to build the capacity, value and sustainability of allied health services and multi-disciplinary teams in rural and remote areas. 
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Other News...

Rural youth suffering due to lack of mental health services
Rural doctors are calling for greater mental health support for rural and remote youth, including telehealth services for affected young people, their families and their GP providing care. With World Mental Health Day 2018 focussed on 'Young people and mental health in a changing world', Dr Adam Coltzau, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) said it was a timely reminder of the need to improve youth mental health services, particularly in the bush. "It is incredibly sad that mental illness is the leading cause of ill health and death in youth and adolescents," Dr Coltzau said.
Local action funded to eliminate rheumatic heath disease
Five Aboriginal Medical services and the Telethon Kids Institute will receive more than $4.6 million to target Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) hot spots across the nation. Expansion of the Government’s Rheumatic Fever Strategy would include practical environmental health hygiene activities and intensive health promotion measures to help combat both acute rheumatic fever and the associated RHD. Rheumatic heart disease and acute rheumatic fever take scores of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives each year, including young people who never get a chance to reach their full potential. Our Government recognises the vital role local Aboriginal Medical Services play in their community and we believe these organisations are pivotal in averting new cases of this preventable disease.
Safer Communities in the NT: boosting youth programs
Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles, says the Territory Labor Government is investing in our youth and creating safer communities by providing grants through the 2019 Alcohol and Other Drugs Youth Grants Program. Grants of up to $20,000 each are available for community projects or initiatives aimed at preventing substance misuse by our Territory youth. Applications must demonstrate how the proposed project relates to the National Drug Strategy 2017-2023 and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Drug Strategy 2014-2019. Northern Territory based incorporated organisations or community groups are eligible to apply.
$1 million to support the rehabilitation of stroke survivors
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, says the Morrison Government will invest $1 million to improve recovery and rehabilitation and help stroke survivors back to work. The National Stroke Foundation will receive $1 million over three years through the Medical Research Future Fund for the Return to Life, Return to Work research package. The project will enable more Australians of working age who have had a stroke to access new innovative and cutting edge treatment options to aid their recovery. The package will include a clinical trial of Perispinal Etanercept in Australian stroke patients.
Government must provide support to Australians impacted by aged care royal commission
Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health, Julie Collins, says the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government must consider providing funding for additional counselling and trauma services for Australians in the lead up to and during the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Many of the families who will be brave enough to convey their personal experiences as part of the Royal Commission will do so with great anxiety and distress. Labor has written to the Prime Minister and Minister for Aged Care calling on the Government to consider support for additional counselling and trauma services.
Psychs on Bikes aim to raise mental health awareness
Their interest in rural mental health has seen the ‘Psychs on Bikes’ group ride an estimated 40,000 kilometres together on expeditions throughout Australia and they are back at it again promoting awareness for physical and mental health. Read more.
Diabetes indicators for the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a new report today: Diabetes indicators for the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020. Diabetes indicators for the Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020 provides baseline data for the 55 indicators identified in the Diabetes in Australia: focus on the future implementation plan. These indicators aim to inform the evidence base for assessing progress against the seven high-level goals outlined in Australian National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020. These goals relate to the prevention, early detection, management and care of all forms of diabetes in Australia. Read more.
Mental health services in Australia: in brief 2018
Mental health services: In brief 2018 provides an overview of data about the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians. Forty-five per cent of Australians will have a common mental disorder in their lifetime, according to data from the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (NSMHWB) of adults (aged 16-85). That equates to about 8.6 million people who will experience a common mental disorder in their lifetime, based on the estimated 2016 population.  Read more.
Warning labels a step towards protecting mums and bubs
Health promotion foundation VicHealth has welcomed the announcement of new requirements for booze companies to label alcoholic products with warnings about the risks of drinking during pregnancy. The labels will be mandatory and will include a pictogram and relevant warning statement about the harms alcohol can cause unborn children. VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter commended the decision and the leadership shown by the Victorian Government and health ministers from across the country in putting the health of children ahead of profits. "There is no safe level of drinking during pregnancy. It's critical that mums know that drinking alcohol while pregnant can cause miscarriage, still birth, low birth weights and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)," Ms Rechter said.
Labor’s plan to fix the My Health Record
Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, Catherine King, says Labor will seek changes to the My Health Record to better protect the privacy of employees and women fleeing domestic violence. "We will also seek iron-clad legislative guarantees that the My Health Record will never be privatised or commercialised, and that Australians' health data will never be made available to private health insurers. Labor supports electronic health records. But the Senate inquiry we initiated into the My Health Record has exposed a range of deficiencies that must be addressed before this scheme rolls out to every Australian."


10th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium 
15 - 17 October, Hobart, TAS

Rural Medicine Australia Conference
25 - 27 October, Darwin, NT

5th National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Conference
6 - 9 November, Adelaide, SA

AAAH Youth Health Conference
7 - 9 November, Gold Coast, QLD

2nd Australasian FASD Conference
20 - 22 November, Perth, WA

Compass Teaching and Learning Conference
23 - 24 November, Darwin, NT

Regional Nursing and Midwifery Conference
28 - 29 November, Warrnambool, VIC

Job Opportunities

Primary Health Care Nurse - Katherine
Primary Health Care Manager - Katherine
Mental Health Social Worker - Darwin
Occupational Therapist - Darwin
Exercise Physiologist - Darwin
General Practitioner Integrative Medicine - Darwin
Remote Medical Practitioner, Malabam Health Board - Maningrida
General Practitioner - Santa Teresa
General Practitioner - Darwin
General Practitioner, FIFO - Alice Springs

See more job opportunities here.
SARRAH exists so that rural and remote Australian communities have allied health services that support equitable and sustainable health and well-being. SARRAH is also nationally recognised as the peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals (AHPs) working in the public and private sector. SARRAH develops and provides services for AHPs to confidently and competently carry out their professional duties in providing a range of clinical and health education services to people who reside in these settings.
Partner with SARRAH to make the changes people living in rural and remove Australia need. If you donate today, you can be part of SARRAH's work and strengthening rural communities by ensuring quality health services are available to all Australians, wherever they live.
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