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Share your inspiring remote placement story for Primary Health Care Nursing Week organised by the Australian College of Nursing

04 Aug 2016

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has announced the launch of the Community and Primary Health Care Nursing Week: Nurses where you need them, their annual national campaign.

 

This campaign aims to:

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The RAHC Primary Health Care Plus Mobile App has a new section - Remote Safety

18 Jul 2016

RAHC has added additional features to the Primary Health Care Plus mobile app that was created in association with CRANAPlus. The new section – Remote Safety, acts as a quick guide to assist RAHC Health Professionals (HPs) with decision making when attending patients after hours. The app supports both Android and Apple software systems. 

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Centre for Remote Health offers Post-Graduate Remote Health Practice Programs

07 Jul 2016

Applications are now open for Postgraduate Remote Health Practice Programs with the Centre for Remote Health.  The programs offered are:

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The theme for NAIDOC 2016 is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation

06 Jul 2016

NAIDOC Week is celebrated across Australia each year in first week of July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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RAHC Professional Development policy on Reimbursements

06 Jul 2016

RAHC Health Professionals (HPs) are welcome to apply for Professional Development (PD) support directly related to remote health practice. Please read the RAHC Professional Development Policy prior to applying for support.

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Mandatory Professional Development for Remote Area Nurses

06 Jul 2016

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health (DoH) will be enforcing that all Remote Area Nurses (RANs) have completed, or updated if necessary, all courses considered mandatory for remote practice. Future placements in NT DoH clinics will be affected if this requirement is not being met.

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RAHC has launched a new and improved eLearning Management System accessible across smart devices

05 Jul 2016

The RAHC eLearning module suite has moved to a new and improved Learning Management System with effect from 01 July 2016 that is accessible across smart devices.

This new system allows for a better user experience by

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APNA – Supporting nurses in primary health care

27 Jun 2016

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care. APNA champions the role of primary health care nurses; to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health, and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care.

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Children use the power of song to revive "sleeping" Indigenous languages

27 Jun 2016

First Languages Australia Director Paul Paton and teacher Fay Stewart-Muir explain their plan to use music to teach children "sleeping" Indigenous Australian languages that haven't been spoken for decades.

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Five things you need to know about our eLearning modules

17 Jun 2016

The nature of working in remote locations in the Northern Territory means that patients may present with different symptoms than in urban-based locations. We created these modules to increase awareness about Indigenous health and educate those who are preparing to work, or interested in working in Indigenous communities.

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Bilingual nun Tess Ward honoured for her work in remote Indigenous community

15 Jun 2016

Sister Tess Ward has her face painted traditionally, to mark that she belongs to the land in the Aboriginal Community of Wadeye, 400 kilometres from Darwin.

Class has been cancelled so the community can use their ancient culture to honour Sister Tess on her appointment to the Order of Australia for her work in bilingual education.

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Making a difference: Dr Kate Kalloniatis - As featured in Good Practice Magazine

08 Jun 2016
New South Wales GP Dr Kate Kalloniatis counts herself as very fortunate in her chosen profession, particularly in her current role at the Awabakal Aboriginal Primary Health Care Centre in Newcastle. Read her full story as featured in Good Practice Magazine (Issue 6 - June 2016. Page 22-2) and how her work with us supported her dream to continue making a difference in Indigenous communities.
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New challenges for health professionals assessing young patients in the NT

01 Jun 2016

A recent campaign has been launched to warn children and communities about the dangers of playing with lead-shot pellets which are still used for hunting on traditional lands.

There have been 30 cases of children presenting with elevated lead levels in the communities of Palumpa, Peppimenarti and the Emu Point outstation in the West Daly region.

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Our modules are being moved to a new and improved Learning Management System

01 Jun 2016

The RAHC eLearning module suite is moving to a new and improved Learning Management System with effect from 01 July 2016. The new upgrade will also allow us to build upon our current module suite in a shorter timeframe and include new content such as voiceovers and increased video content.

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Indigenous public health champions awarded AMA Healthcare award.

31 May 2016

Associate Professor John Boffa and Ms Donna Ah Chee from Central Australia Aboriginal Congress (CAAC or Congress) have made an enormous contribution to reducing the harms of alcohol and improving early childhood outcomes for Aboriginal children. They have been recognised by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) with its Excellence in Healthcare Award for 2016.

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An Australian First: Integrated client-centric health electronic system

27 May 2016

The Northern Territory Government 2016 Budget allocated $186 million over the next five years to replace PCIS and other health related systems under the Core Clinical Systems Renewal Program (CCSRP).

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Papunya and Titjikala Health Clinics have been officially reopened after extensive upgrades.

25 May 2016

The NT Health Minister John Elferink officially opened the refurbished Papunya and Titjikala Health Clinics.

Papuyna’s $2.76 million upgrades include a separate male and female waiting room and a state-of-the-art emergency room. Titjkala’s $2.59 million upgrades include an ambulance bay and a new purpose-built renal room.

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Important Information: Salary Sacrifice for 2015/16 Financial Year

17 May 2016

RAHC’s parent company, Aspen Medical, pays all superannuation payments a month in arrears as per the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) guidelines.

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Placement team’s Bring a Friend event was a great success

17 May 2016
On 14 April, the Placement team held a ’Bring a Friend’ event at the Novotel Darling Harbour in Sydney. The event was attended by 25 health professionals comprising of current and new-to-remote RAHC placements. 
 
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The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a new report that demonstrates an increase in client contacts

16 May 2016

The recent report released by the AIHW includes information from 278 organisations across Australia providing health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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When what you wear matters…

10 May 2016

When preparing to go on placement, the appropriate dress code must be considered in order to demonstrate cultural sensitivity and understanding.

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The Lancet and the Lowitja Institute join forces to develop a comprehensive report of the world’s Indigenous population.

22 Apr 2016

The report developed by the Lancet and the Lowitja Institute includes data from 28 Indigenous populations from over 20 countries. This represents over 50% of the world’s Indigenous population with approximately 154 million Indigenous people .

The data was collated against eight key themes:

·         Population

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Safety of health professionals to the fore

14 Apr 2016

The Board and team of the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) shares the sympathy that has been expressed by many of our health professionals in response to the death of Ms. Gayle Woodford at the end of last month.

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Are you familiar with Social Media Policy?

12 Apr 2016

We understand that social media such as Facebook plays a large part in how we work and engage with each other. Therefore, we established our Social Media policy to provide guidelines for all users which include our official page, our staff and our health professionals.

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Immunisation recommendations for health professionals working remote

01 Apr 2016

Immunisation is important because healthcare workers, especially those working in remote communities in the Northern Territory, can be at increased risk of some preventable diseases as well as potentially transmitting infections to susceptible patients.

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Sympathy expressed for Remote Area Nurse who passed away in tragic circumstances last week in South Australia

29 Mar 2016
The Board and team of Remote Area Health Corps express their sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Gayle Woodford, a Remote Area Nurse from Fregon in the APY Lands of South Australia who passed away in tragic circumstances in the last week. This sad event provides a timely reminder to ensure all health professionals are aware of current on ca
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Ms Pat Anderson AO appointed as co-chair of the Referendum Council.

16 Mar 2016

The Referendum Council was formed in December 2015 to provide advice on the next steps towards recognising Indigenous peoples in the Australian Constitution. Ms Pat Anderson AO joins Mr Mark Leibler AC as co-chair of the Council following the resignation of Professor Patrick Dodson.

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An invitation to Refer a Friend to RAHC

08 Mar 2016

We’re inviting our NSW-based RAHC health professionals to join us for a social evening and to bring along a colleague(s)/friend(s) who may be interested in a RAHC placement.

The function will be held at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour in the Hunter Room 1.

Date:  Thursday 14 April 2016 Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

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The winner of the 2015 Annette Walker Award: Christine Burrows, RN.

07 Mar 2016

RAHC is delighted to announce Christine Burrows, Registered Nurse, is the recipient of the 2015 Annette Walker Award. Christine has undertaken 14 placements with RAHC at Nyirippi, Ali Curung, Epenarra, Palumpa, Milingimbi, Yuendemu, Ti Tree and Finke.

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Is your CPR competency up to date?

06 Mar 2016

It is recommended that CPR should be maintained and renewed on an annual basis by the Australian Resuscitation Council.

All health professionals are responsible for maintaining their CPR annual competency prior to accepting a placement.

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