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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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UCRH PhD student investigating the health impacts of fire smoke exposure in Australia

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UCRH PhD student investigating the health impacts of fire smoke exposure in Australia

Josh Horsley has recently commenced his PhD research investigating the health impacts of fire smoke exposure in Australia, supervised by A/Prof Geoffrey Morgan and based at the University Centre for Rural Health. Smoke from fires, both planned and unplanned, is known to be a major contributor to the global burden of disease, primarily in the form of cardiovascular and respiratory morbidity and mortality. When large amounts of smoke cover capital cities, such as Sydney in recent months, very large populations are exposed to these health risks....

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DaPPHne study soon to commence at Blacktown Hospital

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DaPPHne study soon to commence at Blacktown Hospital

Since November 2014, the DaPPHne study (Diagnosing Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations) has been collecting data at Port Macquarie Base Hospital and Coffs Harbor Health Campus. The study aims to determine the proportion of hospital admissions for chronic conditions (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, diabetes complications and angina) that are deemed preventable and to identify potentially modifiable factors driving these, in order to develop effective interventions to reduce admissions and improve measures of health...

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UCRH High School Careers Day

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UCRH High School Careers Day

Last week the UCRH hosted 53 high school students as part of the annual careers day. The students had a genuine interest in a career in medicine or allied health and were from 8 local high schools. This careers day aims to help schools and students by providing information about courses and advice about the various scholarships and financial supports, and to build their enthusiasm for a rural health career. The workshop is a joint venture of the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) North Coast and Connect (The Northern Rivers Community...

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UCRH annual student soccer match

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UCRH annual student soccer match

Last weekend students and staff from the UCRH participated in an annual soccer match and BBQ hosted by one of our medical staff. The UCRH organises regular social events for students to support wellbeing and stemming from the belief that if the student enjoys their placement, the likelihood of long term commitment to the rural sector is enhanced.  Further, interaction between student cohorts, both across universities and across disciplines, provides the opportunity for students to broaden their perspective of their own discipline and...

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Get the Crash Cart Stat!

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Get the Crash Cart Stat!

  Motor vehicle accident patient with bleeding leg fracture, bruising on left torso, suspected neck injury, this is what Phase 3 Medical Students from the University of Wollongong were presented with last Wednesday.  Luckily no one was hurt. The above scenario is just one of the simulation activities run by Emergency Physician Dr Paul Fischer and Simulation Coordinator Pam Walmsley at the Murwillumbah Education Centre.  Students work under simulated emergency conditions using a high-tech training mannequin and replica emergency...

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R U Appy Project Update

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R U Appy Project Update

UCRH researchers are collaborating with the Menzies School of Health Research and Queensland University of Technology to train service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in e-mental health strategies (e.g. online programs and apps).  In Northern NSW the program is known as ‘R U Appy’. View project update here Share this...

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