Executive Committee update July 2016

Executive Committee Update

Cooee July 2016 Exec Update AURHA 21st bday with Dr Benson and Dr FennellPhoto: AURHA Rural Health Club’s executive speakers Dr Jill Benson and Dr Kate Fennell and Angela Tridente from Rural Doctors Workforce Agency

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Framework

Below is a quick overview of the framework which your Universities rural training is provided within.

The aim of this Framework is to improve the recruitment and retention of medical, nursing, dental and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia and to ultimately improve the health and wellbeing of Australians living in rural and remote areas.

The Framework seeks to achieve this by:

  • Providing effective rural training experiences for health students.
  • Developing an evidence base for the efficacy of rural training strategies in delivering rural health workforce outcomes.
  • Supporting rural health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
  • Increasing the number of rural origin health and medical students.
  • Maximising the investment of programme funds in rural, regional and remote areas for the maintenance of well supported academic networks to enhance the delivery of training to students and the provision of medical services to communities.

A flow-on benefit of the programme is an increase in the delivery of health services in rural areas through student clinical training activities. Additionally, clinical staff engaged through the programme bring experience and local benefits to rural healthcare provision.

National Rural Health Alliance’s webinar on the making of Australia's rural and remote health sector – and its challenges for the future

This webinar provides a great overview of the rural health sector from 1991 to now and what challenges lay ahead.

The webinar features our very own Danielle Dries, NRHSN Indigenous Health Officer, speaking about future opportunities and challenges.

Find the webinar here.

AURHA’s 21st Birthday celebration highlights

AURHA celebrated the NRHSN’s 21st Birthday locally with their Escape with AURHA event at a mystery location. Guest speakers included Dr Kate Fennell, a psychologist, who’s PhD research led to the development of a supportive care website for rural South Australians and was named Sounth Australian Young Achiever of the year in 2013 and Dr Jill Benson AM, a GP who has worked with Indigenous Australians and refugees.

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What have we been up to?

What’s coming up?

  • 4-6 August – The NRHSN will be represented at the Provincial Surgeons Conference
  • 5 August – Blair Burke, NRHSN Medical Officer will presenting at RUSTICA Rural Health Club’s Networking Dinner
  • 12-14 August – Ankur Verma, NRHSN Allied Health Officer will be presenting at OUTLOOK Rural Health Club’s 21st Birthday Celebration event
  • 14-17 September – The NRHSN will be represented at the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA) Conference
  • 14-17 September – The NRHSN will be presenting on ‘culturally competent health professionals for the future health workforce’ at the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association Conference
  • 18-21 September – The NRHSN will be represented at the Public Health Association conference

Let us know!

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions or feedback you can contact us on executivecommittee@nrhsn.org.au:


Rebecca Irwin


Community and Advocacy Officer

William Moorhead

Vice Chair

Joshua Mortimer


Indigenous Health Officer

Danielle Dries


Gabriela Kelly


Medical Officer

Blair Burke

Allied Health Officer

Ankur Verma


Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Danni-Lee Dean











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