How to organise an ICEA

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Each Rural Health Club (RHC) must organise and participate in at least one Indigenous Community Engagement Activity (ICEA) each year.  Participation can be as an individual RHC or jointly with others. RHC members can contact the NRHSN and Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA) for support and information.

The RHC must complete the required NRHSN ICEA report within two weeks of the activity.  If RHCs organise more than the required one activity per year, then the RHC is required to report all activities so that RHWA can report on all visits to the Australian Government’s Department of Health who fund the program.

Performing health checks

NRHSN student members are not yet qualified health professionals and therefore are not fully equipped to diagnose health problems. Activities must be performed so that NRHSN students are not actively conducting a health check, with the only exception being if the NRHSN student is under the supervision of a qualified health professional. The NRHSN student member role is to show school students what a health professional does and what equipment is used.

An example of how to avoid performing a health check is to get the school student to use the medical equipment on the NRHSN member.

Before the visit

  • Research, discuss and decide on an appropriate ICEA
  • Confirm with the RHC Executive the budget for the activity
  • Appoint a RHC member to coordinate the activity
  • Ensure appropriate contact with the Indigenous community including the community’s health services
  • Enter your activity on to the Events Calendar on www.nrhsn.org.au
  • Ensure that all activity requirements are addressed, e.g. Working with Children cards, registration forms etc.
  • If organising an activity with another RHC, exchange contact details and communicate regularly
  • Advise the NRHSN and RHWA of the chosen activity 
  • Promote the ICEA for RHC members to attend
  • Brief RHC members on cultural considerations to ensure they are culturally responsive and respectful
  • Provide cultural awareness training to the RHC members before the activity
  • Collate a confirmed list of participants - name, email, mobile, discipline
  • Organise travel and accommodation
  • Plan appropriate activities for the event
  • Check the photo policy for the activity (it may be that only organised event photographers are able to take photos)

What to take to the visit

  • Image consent forms
  • Evaluation forms
  • Health career flyers
  • Health equipment, e.g. Gutsy Gus, apple slinky, bandages, thickened fluids, toothbrushes, germ kit, eye charts
  • Footballs, rugby balls, basketballs etc. to set up some games in an informal setting
  • RHC or NRHSN merchandise to hand out to the students
  • T-shirts to wear during the visit
  • The LIME Network flyers and resources - the LIME Network has online resources designed to help future Indigenous medical students determine their best pathway to becoming a doctor. You can access the videos and request resources here

After the visit

  • Submit online ICEA report within two weeks of every activity attended via the NRHSN website
  • Once the activity has been completed share the knowledge and experience with other RHC members
  • Post consented photos on your RHC website and/or social media platforms

If you would like all this information in hardcopy, please download the Indigenous Community Engagement Activities Flyer