Executive Committee update - October 2015

Executive Committee update:
Kicking goals in 2015

With the footy finals over, we wanted to give you a ‘match report’ on how we have performed on your behalf over the past NRHSN Executive Committee12 months.

It’s definitely been a huge year kicking goals for the 2015 NRHSN Business Plan, along with some major off-field achievements like a bright new website and brand.

As your national Executive Committee, we committed to the following priorities for 2015:

  • Clear and supported rural training pathways
  • Mental health training for university health students so they can care for themselves and others, particularly in rural areas where mental health is a major issue
  • Positive rural training experiences, including increased placement support for  nursing and allied health students
  • Enabling more Indigenous students to pursue health careers and provision of training in culturally appropriate practices for all health students.

And here is what we have done…NRHSN David Khoo Parliamentary Breakfast 2015 Presenting

National advocacy for all priorities
  • NRHSN Executive met in Canberra with Assistant Minister for Health, The Hon. Fiona Nash – 13 May
  • NRHSN Parliamentary Breakfast – 9 September
Rural and remote pathway training and support
  • Represented the NRHSN at the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicines (ACRRM) Bonded Support Programs (BSP) National Advisory Committee (NAC)
  • Represented the NRHSN at the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicines (ACRRM) John Flynn Placement Program National Advisory Committee 
  • Provided a submission to the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Programme consultation (April)
  • Provided a submission to the Health Workforce Scholarship Programme Stakeholder Consultation (September)
  • Updated the Bonded Schemes position paper (to be voted in by Council)
  • Updated the Extended scopes of practice, emerging health professions and rural training pathways position paper (to be voted in by Council)
  • The NRHSN was represented at the Services for Australian Rural and Remote (SARRAH) Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme (NAHSSS) Reference Group – 21 May
  • The NRHSN presented a poster presentation on our review of bonded schemes at the National Rural Health Conference in Darwin – 24-27 May
  • NRHSN was represented at the Services for Australian Rural and Remote (SARRAH) Advisory Committee on 4 June
Positive rural experiences
  • Presented at the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) Board Meeting – 24 May
  • Presented at the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME) meeting in Shepparton – 13 May
  • Discussed the NRHSN’s positive rural placement experiences priority with the Services for Australian Rural and Remote (SARRAH) Advisory Committee - 23 July
  • Met with University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health to discuss UDRH placement research - 24 August
  • Represented the NRHSN at the Services for Australian Rural and Remote (SARRAH) Advisory Committee (SAC) 
  • Rural experiences - placements and support - research project outline for 2016 started
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HealthNRHSN Danielle Dries Senate Select Committee presenting 2015
  • Attended and provided a submission to the Senate Select Committee into Health public hearing 13 February with Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA)
  • Created a Quality Indigenous Health Curriculum position paper to be passed by Council
  • Attended the launch of the Health System Coalition in support of Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander run through the Lowitja Institute 5 March
  • Presented at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) - 22-24 September
  • Attended the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network Conference - 11-13 July
Mental health training for all health studentsNRHSN Cowpat cover 190px
  • Updated the NRHSN Mental Health Guide – When the Cowpat Hits the Windmill - and distributed to Rural Health Clubs and others
  • Presented on the NRHSN Mental Health Guide to FRAME, AMSA and others throughout the year
  • Many Parliamentarians requested copies during the NRHSN Parliamentary Breakfast and follow up meetings
Other achievements
  • Launched the new Rural Health Club NRHSN website and database and new NRHSN brand 
  • Provided a NRHSN student and Alumni networking event at the National Rural Health Conference (May) and the NRHSN Council Meeting (September) for NRHSN and Alumni members to network
  • 2015 NRHSN Co-Chair, David Khoo attended the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) South Australian Tri Club Planning Day on Saturday 21st February.
  • Attended and presented at AMSA Council Meetings
  • Attended and presented at General Practice Students Networks (GPSN) Council Meetings 
  • Met with the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) National Rural Faculty 

And there’s still more to come…

What else has the NRHSN Executive Committee been up to?

  • 21-23 September – Representation at GP15 Conference
  • 22-24 September – Presented at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
  • 1 October – NRHSN Executive Committee applications closed (voting will open shortly)
  • 3-4 October – Representation at Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA) Council Meeting

What’s coming up:

  • 10-11 October – Representation at the General Practice Student Network (GPSN) Council Meeting
  • 11-14 October – Representation at the SARRAH Summit
  • 15-17 October – Presenting on Rural High School Visits at the CRANAplus Conference
  • 21 October – Representation at the John Flynn Placement Program National Advisory Committee Meeting
  • 22-24 October – Presenting on Rural High School Visits, Bonded Schemes and Physician Assistants at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference
  • 26-28 October – Representation at the Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
  • 9-11 November – Presenting on Bonded Schemes and Physician Assistants at the National Allied Health Conference
  • 19-21 November – Applied to present at the Future Health Leaders (FHL) Conference
  • 26 November - SARRAH Advisory Committee (SAC) 
  • 1-2 December – Representation at the Indigenous Allied Health Australia Conference
  • 4-6 December – CRANAplus Remote Emergency Care Course for NRHSN members


Let us know!

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions or feedback you can contact us at any time:

Chair David Khoo   Community and Advocacy Officer Felix Ho
Vice Chair Rebecca Irwin   Indigenous Health Officer Danielle Dries
Secretary Natalie Kew   Medical Officer Joshua Mortimer
Allied Health Officer Ankur Verma   Nursing Officer Jessica Leon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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