RAHC sponsors the CRANAplus Excellence in Mentoring in Rural Health Award 2014

Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) sponsored the Excellence in Mentoring in Rural Health Award at the 32nd annual CRANAplus conference held in Melbourne from 15th – 18th October 2014. The award was won by John Wright, a Registered Nurse from Tennant Creek.

RAHC sponsored this award because it represents the values the RAHC model seeks to apply in its support for health professionals (HPs) on their placements in remote Indigenous communities in the NT. RAHC provides Remote Educators to accompany new to remote HPs on their first placements to provide support and mentoring to assist the HP make a successful transition to remote practice.

Fiona Wake, Clinical Manager of RAHC, presented the award and said, “As we are all aware, all the preparation in the world cannot necessarily prepare you for the remoteness and isolation as well as the clinical and cultural experiences of your first placement in a remote Aboriginal community.

“In remote we have terrific education programs to train and prepare a health professional prior to a placement. We have the fantastic CRANAplus courses, we have the Transition to RAN Program, the RAHC eLearning Modules and so much more. And whilst on placement we have the support of our colleagues and also the invaluable counselling support through services such as the Bush Support Service through CRANAplus.”

Philip Roberts, General Manager of RAHC, said, “We are delighted to sponsor this award for the second year in a row. We are committed to supporting and working to develop the remote health workforce. Our experience has shown that mentoring is a key factor in the success of a placement and apply its learning to our Remote Educator program for nurses on their first remote placement.”

Thursday, 23 October 2014