Medicines in the Bush workshop


The 12th Rural Health Conference is on in Adelaide from April 7th-10th. I’ll be going and if you have an interest in rural health I hope you are as well.

There are a number of pre-conference workshops. The Medicines in the Bush workshop held on Sunday April 7th is one of these. I’ll be presenting and quite possibly talking a bit. If you are a rural or remote pharmacist I hope to see you at the workshop.

Download the flyer:

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Putting the “Local” in Medicare Locals

The development of Medicare locals around Australia are aiming to improve patient care.

Here’s our Medicare “Local”

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Goldfields-Midwest medicare local
Our Medicare Local

Covering an area of about 1375000 square kilometres (roughly twice the size of Texas) covering areas in the centre of Australia to remote offshore islands.

Sort of changes the definition of local.

Deadly Winners in Health

The Deadly Awards are a highlight in the Indigenous (and should be more far reaching) calendar. They showcase Indigenous excellence in fields as varied as sport, fashion, health and many others.

They were held last Sunday at the Sydney Opera House and will be shown on SBS tonight (Sunday, October 3), at 10:30pm.

Here are the winners in health from the Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin

But before mentioning the winners. The Croakey blog has already put this up. Melissa Sweet who runs the blog saw on Twitter a tweet linking to my Twitter “newspaper” The *indigenous-and-remote* Daily and when reading it came across a link to the Australian Indigenous Health Bulletin which Melissa was not aware of.

It’s amazing how social networking “works”. Now to the winners.

Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

Dr. Peter O’Mara

The Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Award was given to Dr Peter O’Mara. Dr O’Mara is a Wiradjuri man from central New South Wales and has worked as a general practitioner in an Aboriginal community-controlled health service for nearly 10 years. He completed his medical degree from the University of Newcastle in 1999. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2003 and obtained his Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice/Graduate Diploma in Rural General Practice in 2007. In October 2009, Dr O’Mara was elected President of the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) and he aims to increase the numbers of Indigenous doctors and medical students. Dr O’Mara is actively involved in a number of committees, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workforce Working Group, the Australian Medical Association Taskforce on Indigenous Health, the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges Indigenous Health sub-committee (co-chair) and the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress Council (deputy chair).

Health Worker of the Year

Colleen Cawood (NSW)

Colleen Cawood is an Aboriginal Health Education Worker at the Prince of Wales Hospital where she has worked for 17.5 years. Born in La Perouse, Sydney, Colleen is a respected Elder, mother and grandmother, and a tireless worker for Indigenous people in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Colleen develops and runs healthy living programs, particularly for older, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who suffer with lifestyle conditions such as heart problems, diabetes, respiratory and other physical conditions. Programs are targeted at sustainable exercise and nutrition for a healthy lifestyle, providing social interaction and greater community wellbeing. At the age of 62 years, and for over 14 years, Colleen has conducted Waves, an aqua aerobics course for aged persons and runs the Koori Coastal Walking Group. She is well known, honored and respected in the community and her programs are used as models for the development of similar programs across NSW.

Congratulations to them both.

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