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RAHC to provide PD support for the Pharmacotherapeutics course by the Centre for Remote Health

24 Mar 2017

The Centre for Remote Heath (CRH) online Pharmacotherapeutics course provides participants with knowledge regarding pharmacotherapeutics in Remote Area Nursing (RAN) practice, the development of sound clinical reasoning for drug therapies and best practice in a remote setting. It spans principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacology.

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Making a real difference in closing the gap

24 Mar 2017

A General Practitioner truly passionate about Indigenous health outcomes, Dr Margaret Niemann, from Bairnsdale, Victoria, is the recipient of the 2016 Annette Walker Award. Dr Niemann has been on placements with RAHC since 2011 and completed her 56th placement at the beginning of March 2017.

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Meet Daniel Fejo, our new in-house Cultural Orientation Trainer

06 Mar 2017

Part of our induction for new-to-remote health professionals (HPs) has been the Cultural Orientation training, which is conducted by Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE). Going forward, RAHC will be offering this one-day cultural orientation program in-house.

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RAHC-sponsored Remote Emergency Care (REC) course proves a winner with experienced and new-to-remote Registered Nurses

17 Feb 2017
A group of 24 enthusiastic RAHC Registered Nurses (RNs) attended a Remote Emergency Care (REC) course from 10 – 12 February 2017 at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation branch in Melbourne.
 
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CRANAPlus releases Remote Health Workforce Safety and Security Report

20 Jan 2017

CRANAplus has released its report into Workforce Safety and Security, which is the first stage of a larger project funded by the Commonwealth Government. The project was initiated following the death of Ms Gayle Woodford, a Remote Area Nurse, in remote South Australia in April 2016.

 

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You’re invited to a social event hosted by RAHC

20 Jan 2017

RAHC is hosting a special evening on 10 February 2017 at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) branch in Melbourne to meet with Health Professionals interested in working remote.

This event coincides with the annual Remote Emergency Care (REC) course held in Melbourne.  The course is sponsored by RAHC and conducted by CRANAplus.

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Popular RAHC GP, Dr Russell Soppitt, has retired from practice

20 Jan 2017

Popular GP and regular RAHC placement, Dr Russell Soppitt, has announced his retirement after practicing medicine since 1970.

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Meet with RAHC at Conferences in 2017

20 Jan 2017

This year RAHC will be present at the following conferences and we look forward to meeting you there:

 

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Staying safe around dogs in remote Indigenous communities: Video series by AMRRIC

20 Dec 2016

Whether you’re in a community to live, work or visit, it’s helpful to have the skills to manage interactions with free roaming dogs so you feel confident and safe.

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Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2017

20 Dec 2016

As we fast approach the end of the year I would like to personally thank you on behalf of the Board and the entire team at Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) for being part of the ongoing effort to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes.

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RAHC Clinical Manager Elly Fontes moves on

20 Dec 2016

RAHC’s Clinical Manager, Elly Fontes, will be leaving RAHC at the end of the year and moving back into clinical practice. Elly has been instrumental in leading the clinical team in delivering effective clinical support to the Health Professionals (HPs) coming to the Northern Territory to undertake remote health placements.

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RAHC's new online tool to improve health care for people suffering from rare disease

08 Dec 2016

New online resource for health professionals to understand Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) was launched at Parliament House in the presence of invited guests and media, in Darwin on 15 November, by the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Federal Member for Lingiari and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health.

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Reducing risk of vaccine errors by following the health service policies

17 Nov 2016

Health professionals (HPs) are reminded to be vigilant when checking vaccines prior to administering them to reduce the risk of errors occurring. Several issues have been identified that may contribute to this and therefore (HPs) are reminded to follow health service policies in regards to administration of vaccines. This includes:

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RAHC strengthens its Placement Team in Canberra

17 Nov 2016

We are pleased to announce some new roles and a new appointment within the RAHC Placement Team in Canberra, under the leadership of the National Manager Tanya Brunt.

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New eLearning module launched to help tackle Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) in the Indigenous population

16 Nov 2016

The first free online training resource to assist health professionals across Australia understand Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) was launched at Parliament House in Darwin by the Hon. Warren Snowdon, Federal Member for Lingiari and Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health.

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Centre for Remote Health (CRH) is inviting Health Professionals to review the latest editions of the suite of Remote Primary Health Care Manuals

06 Sep 2016

The Remote Primary Health Care project is reviewing content for the latest editions of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals and is looking for volunteer Health Professionals to read over and review the updated draft content. It would generally consist of 5-7 protocols assigned to a reviewer.

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Free online training module about the new M1 Stryker® stretcher now available on the Northern Territory Department of Health Mylearning website

02 Sep 2016

The online training module for the operation of the new M1 Stryker® stretchers will benefit both new-to-remote and experienced Remote Area Nurses (RANs) who may need a refresher. The free module can be accessed after creating an account on the Northern Territory Department of Health Mylearning website.  

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RAHC appoints Tanya Brunt as Acting General Manager

11 Aug 2016

The Board of Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has appointed Tanya Brunt as Acting General Manager following the departure of Philip Roberts, who led RAHC since 2010.

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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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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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