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Long-term residential rehab program improves short-term psychological and social health collaborative research demonstrates

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Long-term residential rehab program improves short-term psychological and social health collaborative research demonstrates

The University Centre for Rural Health (www.ucrh.edu.au), Lismore has recently completed their first collaborative project with the Buttery, Northern NSW (www.buttery.org.au). The project was funded through the John Shaw Warnock Research Grant. The Buttery’s long-term residential rehab program operates as a Therapeutic Community where the community of residents itself is the main vehicle for promoting personal change through self-help and mutual support. The project investigated how many people completed the Therapeutic Community program and...

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Student community research project to increase safe driving

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Student community research project to increase safe driving

The University Centre for Rural Health has partnered this year with STEER (steerproject.org.au). STEER Breathtesting offers festival patrons a free breath test and provides information and resources associated with safe alcohol consumption and safe driving. Western Sydney University medical students on placement in Lismore for 12 months, Johanna Buckland, Prashina Melwani, Mario Fernando and Vanessa Tent,  successfully conducted 450 breath tests and surveys recently at a major NSW music festival. This community research project is a component...

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New cohort of Western Sydney University long stay medical students in Lismore

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New cohort of Western Sydney University long stay medical students in Lismore

Fresh faces to the North Coast … Western Sydney University long stay medical students and their Lismore sub dean A/Prof Dr Charlotte Hall, ready to start at Lismore Base hospital. After undertaking a week of orientation at UCRH, including a palliative care masterclass, the students commence placements in our region in July across the breadth of Mental Health, Haematology/Oncology, Surgery and Indigenous health and General practice placements and also undertake local community research projects. Share this...

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The R U Appy Team join forces with the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion

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The R U Appy Team join forces with the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion

The R U Appy team (Sasha Harrington and Simon Dubois) were invited to present the ‘Ur Mobile: a tool for well-being’ half-day workshop for the University of Sydney Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion students, held in Lismore in May. Reflecting on the experience of teaching into this course, Sasha commented on the importance of “connecting health promotion students with the ‘e-space’’, noting that ‘the students could see immediately how they could use these skills and the importance of technology in health promotion in the...

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Baribunmani Wanyi Ngay – Health Careers for young Aboriginal People

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Baribunmani Wanyi Ngay – Health Careers for young Aboriginal People

The inaugural BWN program kicked off this week with sixteen students from Ballina Coast High School and Three Rivers – Kadina Year 8. The first session, which is planned to be the first of 5 over the next years to Year 12 with this group of students, was filled with interactive learning, discussion, laughing and a BBQ.  All 16 students had an opportunity to use the mannequins in the simulation centre, learning about CPR and using a defibrillator. The speakers included Samara, the Registered Nurse from Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service. A...

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Rural Immersion for Pharmacy Students

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Rural Immersion for Pharmacy Students

Last week saw 20 pharmacy students from UTS and Griffith universities practicing their communication skills at Woodenbong Central school. The pharmacy students were divided into 3 groups, and all groups engaged the students in discussions on careers in health and attending university. One group delivered a presentation and activities to K-2 class on “Staying Healthy” including messages on healthy food, being sun safe and sleep. The second group ran first aid activities, including managing snake bites, bleeding and recovery position for Year...

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Indigenous Health placement at Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation

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Indigenous Health placement at Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation

“Through our Indigenous Health placement at Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation in Grafton, we had the opportunity to visit a rehabilitation centre in Brisbane. This was an eye opening experience, with the chance to talk to the clients one on one and hear about their struggles with addiction. Being involved in writing the “Stories about addiction and getting help” was a great privilege as well as eye-opening experience to undertake. It is not often that you are invited to share in one’s emotional and physical...

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University of Sydney Cultural Immersion

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University of Sydney Cultural Immersion

Seventeen 3rd  Year Medical students from University of Sydney travelled to Evans Head at Camp Koinonia to spend two days in UCRH’s Cultural Immersion Program. The two days were jam packed with sessions such as Putting History into Context – the past 116 years and its effects of Aboriginal people, Cultural Load and the Stolen Generation. Students wove individual fish traps with a local Bundjalung weaver, Monica Kapeen, and meet and talk with some Elders, Aunty Irene and Uncle Greg Harrington, and Aunty Nancy Walke over dinner and in a...

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Improving our ageing societies

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Improving our ageing societies

Dr Sabrina Pit has been appointed by Standards Australia to the International Standards Organisation Strategic Advisory Group Ageing Societies to represent Australia. A variety of countries are involved such as Japan, South Korea, US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Bangladesh, The Netherlands and Singapore. Productive ageing, finance and urban design are examples of our global challenges. Dr Pit attended the 1st meeting in London 24 October 2016 to identify the challenges and opportunities that are faced by our ageing population. The seven...

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Medical students on placement with UCRH contributing to research

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Medical students on placement with UCRH contributing to research

A group of the UCRH’s long-stay Western Sydney medical students are contributing to an important project with A/Prof Megan Passey and Dr Jo Longman from the UCRH.  The project explores the barriers and enablers for clinicians in supporting pregnant women to quit smoking.   The students will be interviewing local GPs about this topic.   Share this...

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