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New Renal Simulation Course piloted

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New Renal Simulation Course piloted

The UCRH Simulation team has piloted a newly developed Renal Simulation course designed with a specific focus on providing a unique method of learning and development to specialist nursing teams in haemodialysis. Ten nurses from Lismore Base hospital and the Ballina District hospital participated in one of the two simulation workshops. The workshops were facilitated by Renal nurse specialist and clinical simulation educator Lissa Ingram, and clinical simulation manager Sharene Pascoe. The primary focus of the 2 hour workshops was to build on...

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Health Collaboration Challenge

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Health Collaboration Challenge

The UCRH recently hosted the Health Collaboration Challenge, an exciting interdisciplinary initiative developed by the University of Sydney.  There were 53 students across medicine and allied health from eight universities working in multidisciplinary teams and showcasing their creative skills to solve a complex patient case study.  Each team was required to produce a five-minute video and two-page treatment plan.   There was a great energy on the day and the quality of the presentations submitted from the teams was outstanding. Student...

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Capacity Building for Environment Burden of Disease

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Capacity Building for Environment Burden of Disease

Smoke from land clearing fires particularly in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, often leads haze pollution over large parts of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Southern Thailand.  Despite the fact that the Southeast Asian haze episodes are extensive and recurrent, the small number of studies that have examined the effects of this land clearing have mostly been conducted by international groups, with very few studies from Southeast Asian groups (including Malaysia) that have investigated the health...

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Women in medicine workshop addresses bullying and sexual harrassment in medicine

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Women in medicine workshop addresses bullying and sexual harrassment in medicine

Dr Jane Barker recently hosted her popular workshop for students and clinicians to explore some of the problems women face in the medical workforce. The workshop has been well supported by local clinicians over the three years the event has been held and all have been very open about their personal experiences. Dr Anne Mallatt Ophthalmologist, Dr Susan Velovski Surgeon, Dr Charlotte Hall FACEM, Dr Ellen McGirr Rheumatologist and Dr Jane Barker GP openly communicated to the students their journeys in medicine, shared stories and acknowledged...

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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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