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ADX14 Sydney - March 21 to 23 2014

11 Mar 2014

ADX14 is being held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island this year from March 21 to 23. It is an excellent opportunity for Oral Health teams to learn about the latest products, techniques and services available as well as meet other professionals in their field at the seminars and social events. There will also be numerous opportunities for CPD.

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Lowitja Annual Conference and Biennial Congress - March 17 to 20 2014

11 Mar 2014

The Lowitja Institute will hold their National Conference this year in Melbourne on March 17 and 18 and is followed by the Biennial Congress on March 19 and 20. This year the overarching conference theme is Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Journeys to Success

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eLearning update from the Clinical Team

11 Mar 2014
We are pleased to announce the reaccreditation of the suite of 11 eLearning modules for the period of 2014-2016. In addition, we have two new modules about to be launched, therefore the Introduction to Remote Health Practice Program (online) will soon have 13 free modules in total.
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Oral Health update from the Placement Team

11 Mar 2014
The Northern Territory Department of Health (NT DoH) Oral Health Department has advised us that they will have a heightened focus in 2014 on more effective and consistent use of the Titanium system.
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Welcome to David Fisher - RAHC Remote Educator

01 Mar 2014
RAHC welcomes David Fisher to the team as our newest Remote Educator (RE). David brings a wealth of experience to the team combined with a passion to support new-to-remote RAHC Health Professionals on their first placement.
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World Congress of Audiology - May 3 to 7 2014

03 Feb 2014

The XXXII World Congress of Audiology is being held in Australia this year, from May 3 to 7 in Brisbane. If you are an Audiologist who is planning to attend, make sure you visit the RAHC booth and say hello to the team.

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APNA Conference - May 29 to 31 2014

03 Feb 2014

The Australian Practice Nurses Association (APNA) annual conference is being held in Sydney this year from May 29 to 31. If you are a Registered Nurse who is planning to attend, make sure you visit the RAHC booth and say hello to the team.

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Featured team member - RAHC Remote Educator Sharon Gibbard

03 Feb 2014
In this eBulletin our featured team member is Sharon Gibbard, who is well known in the NT among remote healthcare professionals. Having been involved with RAHC for a number of years, Sharon is now one of our Remote Educators, supporting new-to-remote health professionals on their first placement.
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Inaugural Annette Walker Award announced

03 Feb 2014
The winner of the inaugural Annette Walker Award has been announced. Congratulations to Dental Assistant Brenda O'Leary, who has been recognised for going above and beyond in her work in remote Indigenous communities in the NT, in particular her work on Groote Eylandt.
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Remote Health Practitioner work motivations

03 Feb 2014
Mike Tyrell, a PhD student from the Centre for Remote Health (CRH) Alice Springs, is conducting research to understand health professional work motivations in remote settings. RAHC Health Professionals are encouraged to get involved, by completing a 15-20 minute anonymous online survey.
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AIHW ear health report released

31 Jan 2014
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report titled ‘Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory: Hearing Health services 2012-2013’. The report highlights the positive effects of hearing health services in the Northern Territory (NT), providing statistics on Indigenous ear health while describing the programs currently underway to bring about improvement.
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Season’s Greetings from RAHC

17 Dec 2013
The Board and staff of RAHC wish our stakeholders and Health Professionals all the best for the festive season and the New Year. Please visit the RAHC website news feed to read the full Season’s Greetings message.
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Nominations for the Annette Walker Award Closing Soon

16 Dec 2013
We are still accepting nominations for the inaugural Annette Walker Award. Nominations close this Friday, December 20, 2013. If you know a RAHC Health Professional who you believe should be recognised for an outstanding contribution beyond their normal responsibilities, we encourage you to nominate them as soon as possible.
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Upcoming Pharmacotherapeutics Courses in Alice Springs

16 Dec 2013
The Centre for Remote Health (CRH) has informed us that there will be two short Pharmacotherapeutics courses available early next year. RAHC Health Professionals (HPs) interested in applying for Professional Development (PD) Support to undertake this course must apply for PD support and have their application for support approved prior to commencing the course.
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Reminder - Payroll Date Changes

16 Dec 2013
Reminder – As previously advised there are important changes to the pay period ending Saturday 28/12/13 as well as changes to how we process payroll moving forward into 2014.
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Meet Marg Cooper RN - RAHC Remote Educator

16 Dec 2013
We’d like to welcome a new member to the team – Marg Cooper, a Remote Area Nurse (RAN), has joined the team as a Remote Educator (RE), to support new-to-remote Health Professionals (HPs) with their transition to working in a remote setting.
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AMA Indigenous Health Report Card Released

16 Dec 2013
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has released the AMA Indigenous Health Report Card 2012-13. Titled ‘The Healthy Early Years – Getting the Right Start in Life’, the report discusses the rights of Indigenous children to have the best start in life. The report also contains a number of recommendations to improve Indigenous health outcomes.
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Remote Emergency Care (REC) Course a Success

16 Dec 2013
At the end of November, RAHC supported a number of Registered Nurses (RNs) to undertake the Remote Emergency Care (REC) course in Melbourne. The REC assists Health Professionals to develop their skills in managing emergency situations in a remote setting.
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Immunisation recommendations for remote Health Professionals

28 Nov 2013

Health Professionals (HPs) working in remote communities in the Northern Territory (NT) can be at increased risk of some preventable diseases. The NT Department of Health has issued remote HPs a set of recommendations downloadable via the Remote Health Atlas.

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Medication safety eLearning opportunity

28 Nov 2013
Medication Safety is an important competency in remote and isolated practice. In 2014 RAHC will require all nurses to complete an annual Medication Safety module. RAHC is currently offering a limited number of places to take part in an upcoming free eLearning opportunity and it’s first-in best-dressed.
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Clinical Reminder - NT DoH Remote Health Atlas resources

28 Nov 2013
The Northern Territory Department of Health (NT DoH) has a valuable online resource available to remote Health Professionals (HPs) – the Remote Health Atlas. RAHC encourages HPs to regularly visit the Atlas, especially prior to and while on placement. In this eBulletin RAHC would like to draw HP’s attention to several items in the Staff Access to Health Services Guidelines section.
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RAHC Launches the Annette Walker Award

28 Nov 2013
On 30th December 2012 RAHC lost one of its most valued team members, RAHC Placement Manager, Annette Walker. As we draw close to the first anniversary of Annette’s untimely passing the Board and Staff of RAHC have sought an appropriate way to remember her and her contribution to RAHC and have launched the inaugural Annette Walker Award.
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Sarah Brown awarded for dialysis work in Central

28 Nov 2013
The Centralian Advocate has published an article about Sarah Brown, CEO of the Western Desert Dialysis Project, being awarded the Kidney Health Australia’s Operation Angel Award.
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Hermannsburg HP awarded for work in Indigenous health

28 Nov 2013
On Friday November 22, the 2013 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner (ATSIHP) Awards were presented. The awards are sponsored and supported by the NT Department of Health (NT DoH), Department of Health and Ageing, United Voice, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT and The Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise.
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Upcoming changes in the pay period over the Xmas / New Year period

27 Nov 2013
There is a change in the pay period ending Saturday 28/12/13. This change has come about due to New Year’s Day (public holiday) falling on 01/01/14, the date when pays would normally be processed. The pay day will now be Friday 03/01/14. This change to the pay day will become permanent.
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RAHC eLearning Trachoma module reviewed and updated

27 Nov 2013

The Trachoma eLearning module is in the process of being reviewed and will be released imminently on the eLearning web page.  RAHC appreciates contribution to the module provided by Dr Charles Douglas, the Section Head of the NT Trachoma Control Program who has been working on trachoma control programs in Western Australia and the Northern Territory for over 8 years.

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NTGPE Cultural and Medical Educators win the 2013 RACGP Standing Together Award

21 Nov 2013
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have presented Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE) Cultural and Medical Educators with the 2013 Standing Strong Together Award. The award recognises the NTGPE’s work in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
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Keep your EYE out for a new module

21 Nov 2013
A new eLearning module is under development in partnership with Brien Holden Vision Institute. The new module is called 'Eye Care in Primary Care' and is due for release in early 2014.
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Update for Nurses - Pharmacotherapeutics

18 Nov 2013
The Nursing and Midwifery Board through AHPRA are working towards new endorsement regulations for nurses working in remote health to supply and administer scheduled medicines under protocol. The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health (DoH) in response to this proposed standard have indicated they will require all nurses working in DoH remote health services to obtain a postgraduate pharmacology qualification.
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Featured team member - Remote Educator Kim Henderson RN

18 Nov 2013
Kim Henderson RN has been involved with RAHC and remote health practice for a number of years and is now on the team of Remote Educators. In this eBulletin we feature Kim and discuss how she got involved with RAHC and remote health and how she helps new-to-remote health professionals find their feet on their first placement.
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