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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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UCRH winners of the ARHEN student photo competition

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UCRH winners of the ARHEN student photo competition

The Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN) recently held a photo competition open to  undergraduate UDRH students on rural placement.  The entries were to include a clear visual reference to a positive element of clinical placement.  Almost 50 entries were received across the network including one video.  While we didn’t take out the top prize we love the local UCRH winning entries. Congratulations to Tamishka De Silva who took out the UCRH top prize  with a photo of a Ballina icon, and our runner up Shannon Lees for her...

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Medical student in focus – Nelson Correia

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Medical student in focus – Nelson Correia

This is the first in a series where we highlight the diverse skills, talents and stories of the students living on the North Coast for 12 months as part of the long stay medical program. Meet Nelson Correia a Stage 3 Medical Student from the Sydney Medical School … I’m a Canadian living in Sydney studying medicine, surfing, cycling, traveling, and trying to photograph it all. My personal favourite subjects are landscapes/nature and astrophotography, but I very much enjoy dipping into other aspects of photography. I started in film...

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Congratulations to Liz Rix

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Congratulations to Liz Rix

UCRH staff celebrated with a morning tea to congratulate Liz Rix on the news that her thesis has been passed without any corrections. UCRH Director Lesley Barclay said that not only is this extraordinary, the examiners comments are exceptional in their praise of a really important piece of work in the area of cultural competency and renal disease treatment and management within Aboriginal Communities. Liz is pictured here with two of her supervisors, Dr Shawn Wilson and Prof Lesley Barclay. Share this...

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Birthing model puts UCRH head on nation’s top-ten research list

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Birthing model puts UCRH head on nation’s top-ten research list

The director of the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH), Professor Lesley Barclay AO, has been recognised by the federal government for leading one of Australia’s top-ten research projects over the past year. The Ten of the Best Research Projects 2014 were selected for their innovativeness and potential to make a difference to the lives of Australians and people worldwide. Announcing the names of those making the exclusive list, Health Minister Sussan Ley said, “These research stories give us a glimpse into the next generation of...

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