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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 our 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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Major milestones achieved

05 Mar 2016

We were delighted to recognise, in person, some RAHC health professionals who had achieved major milestones in the number of placements they have undertaken with us at our recent Remote Emergency Care (REC) course, delivered by CRANAplus.

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AIHW has released the latest data: What does this mean for your health profession?

04 Mar 2016

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the latest statistics on Australia’s health workforce.

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Dr Kate Kalloniatis shares her experience whilst on placement in the remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory

18 Feb 2016

Growing up in Melbourne I never had any specific ambition to work in remote areas or in Indigenous health but, by one of those twists of fate, that all changed when I joined the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) in my final year at ANU’s Medical School in Canberra.

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RAHC appoints new Clinical Manager

16 Feb 2016

Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) has appointed Elly (Helena) Fontes as the organisation’s new Clinical Manager. Ms Fontes has stepped into the role following the departure of Fiona Wake late last year to take up a new role within the Northern Territory Department of Health.

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The latest Close the Gap report has been released: are we on track?

10 Feb 2016

The Close the Gap 2016 report has been released today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House, Canberra.

According to the progress report, there are targets on track: Halve child mortality by 2018 and halve the gap in Year 12 attainment by 2020.

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Top 5 tips to consider when taking photos or videos whilst on placement

08 Feb 2016

When you are surrounded by some of Australia’s most unique scenery and interesting communities, it is only natural to want to capture these moments.

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No Jab, No Pay – New Immunisation Requirements for Family Assistance Payments

14 Jan 2016

From 1 January 2016, there are new requirements for Family Assistance Payments as part of the No Jab, No Pay measure.

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Introducing Canberra’s Office Coordinator

13 Jan 2016

We’d like to introduce our Office Coordinator, Bronte Agostini, who joined us on 4th January this year.

With a Certificate III in Business, a strong background in administration and customer service, Bronte is looking forward to expanding her knowledge whilst working in our Canberra Office alongside Tanya, Candice, Shanti and Siobhan. 

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Top 3 ideas to maximise your downtime whilst on placement

17 Dec 2015
When preparing for a placement with us you may find yourself wondering what to do with your downtime in remote locations, and to help you we have come up with our top three ideas how to maximise your down-time.
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Applications now open for the Annette Walker Award 2015

03 Dec 2015

In December 2012, RAHC lost one of its most valued team members, RAHC Placement Manager, Annette Walker. She had a true passion for her work and she lived our motto – Be part of the effort.

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The Purple House taking dialysis treatment to remote Aboriginal communities

03 Dec 2015

It’s the only dialysis unit in the world where the walls are painted purple, patients sing along to tunes from a karaoke machine, chickens scamper around the gardens and kangaroo tails smoulder on a fire pit.

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