2012 SARRAH National Conference Program and Papers

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2012 Conference Program and Papers

Friday 21 September

SARRAH National Conference Day 1

Keynote 1: Pre-recorded address by the Federal Health Minister, Hon Tanya Plibersek
Keynote 2: Address by Martin Chadwick
Keynote 3: What Would Michael Do? Enhancing the health and wellbeing of rural, regional and remote Australians
Concurrent Session A
Theme 1: Confident Competent Clinicians Theme 1: Confident Competent Clinicians Theme 3: Chronic Conditions and Coordinated Care Theme 4: Celebrating Client Centred Care
Rebecca Tidey - The greater the challenge the more creative the solution! Regional innovations in workforce development Catherine Barrett - Allied Health Relief Pool Gavin Brealey - Turning research into practice: Operationalizing a technology enabled home-based cardiac rehabilitation program Jodie Booth - My Trip to Hospital: Improving the child's surgical journey in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities of Queensland
Michelle Forrest - Supporting rural and remote allied health teams to review their model of care Julie-Anne Ross - Ensuring teams don't go wild Noami Zakarias - 'Hands on Feet' Peninsula Diabetic Foot Screening Program Natalie Dewson - 'Being with' in the West Pilbara
Ilsa Nielsen - Mobility is the new retention: Workforce impacts of a rural priority transfer scheme Kerrie-Anne Freakes - Student experiences in the Capricornia Allied Health Partnership inter-professional student clinic: Have we cultured confident competent clinicians?  Martin Neumeyer - Team based care: The 'why' and 'how' of building a strong relationship with the community pharmacy to improve rural and remote health outcomes Renae Hamilton - A community based approach to the assessment and management of malnutrition in the elderly
Hannah Johnston - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Stories of Strength from the Top End Jill Fishers - Curious and Captivating Conversations: The day I said "Yes" Stephanie Frazer - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Life is challenging but I am managing: A personal insight into living with a chronic mental health condition Rose Girdwood - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Physiotherapy and Chronic Disease in very remote Australia
Concurrent Session B
Theme 1 - Confident Competent Clinicians Theme 2 - Cultivating Champions Theme 3 - Creating Community Capacity Theme 4 - Chronic Conditions and Coordinated Care
Jo Symons - How can new funding initiatives affect recruitment and retention rates of Allied Health Professionals in rural and remote Australia Erica Bell - Oral Health Policy: What does it do for rural and remote communities? Heather Jensen - Pathways to care for Indigenous people with dementia in Central Australia Diane Arthur - Work in Progress: A qualitative discussion on Integrated Service Provision in a rural and remote health setting using a case study approach
Alana Grover - Remote clinical supervision for allied health staff in emerging specialist services across country South Australia Tilley Pain - Leading change by promoting research capacity of rural and remote allied health practitioners Tony Smith - Creating community capacity and enhancing student learning on rural placement Kerrie-Anne Frakes - The impact of a regional interdisciplinary allied health student clinic on the health costs and outcomes of people with chronic disease: Peliminary results
Kathleen Philip - Growing the allied health assistant workforce Robyn Adams - Understanding triggers for allied health engagement in research: How do we create research competent and confident clinicians? Donna Samon - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Heartbeat! Rhythm for generations Kerrie-Anne Frakes - Capricornia Allied Health Partnership: A collaborative clinical placement model cultivating competent clinicians for clients with chronic conditions
Katie Charles - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Totally wild: Coming to grips with the role of an advanced allied health assistant in a rural team   Lou Leidwinger - Curious and Captivating Conversations: A strategy to minimise harm from otitis media and conductive hearing loss in remote communities of the Pilbera, Western Australia Merridy Rowe - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Working towards equitable services for rural and remote palliative clients

Saturday 22 September

SARRAH National Conference Day 2

Keynote 4: Karen Middleton - Doing more for less: Is it possible?
Keynote 5: Emma Benton
Keynote 6: Phil Edmondson - Local Solutions
Concurrent Session C
Theme 1: Competent Confident Clinicians Theme 1: Competent Confident Clinicians Theme 2: Celebrating Client Centred Care Theme 3: Competent Confident Clinicians
Justin Cain-Bloxsome - The National Rural Health Students Network: Developing the future workforce to help 'close the gap' Sue Devine - Allied health in rural and remote settings: Moving practice upstream George Atkins - Acute inpatient hospital education: Maximising patient education and physical activity via closed circuit hospital television systems Tanya Lehmann - The development, implementation and evaluation of an allied health clinical governance structure: A systematic approach to quality improvement or another mere tick in the box?
Priya Martin - Difference in clinical supervision practices between regional / rural and metropolitan occupational therapists in Queensland Julie-Anne Ross - Taking learning off the endangered list Simone McGrath - 'Staying Stronger for Longer' with Machado Joseph Disease Michael Bishop - Taming the Wild: The Development of an Allied Health Professional Responsibility Framework in Tasmania
Narelle Campbell - What does personality tell us about working in the bush? Temperament and character traits of Australian remote allied health professionals Joanne Morris - Physiotherapy prescribing in Australia - The lessons learnt Johanna Hodgson - Client centred care: Identifying and measuring client centred goals Robyn Adams - How do we decide what services to provide in rural communities: A physiotherapy pilot sutdy?
Peter Lisacek - Bridging the translational research gap in Allied Health   Lyndsey Hutchinson - Curious and Captivating Conversations: Learning and leaving more than just footprints Mandy Beylacq - A framework for allied health workforce planning
Concurrent Session D

Workshop 1: Transforming the Rural and Remote Allied Health Workforce using the Calderdale Framework Half-Day Symposium

Developing a competent, effective trans-professional workforce for both rural and metro community rehabilitation services

Workshop 2: Clinical Governance: Thoughts and tools from abroad. Could they be applied to rural and remote allied health? Workshop 3: Extending Scope of Practice: Key lessons to learn: Half-Day Workshop Workshop 4: What can I do? How to be an allied health lobbyist / representative
Cathryn Carboon - The Carevan Foundation: It's easier to care than to turn away   Jacqueline Bonney - Managing Chronic Dysphasia: The development of the 'Every Angle Communication Group'
Sarah Massey - Changing Driving Habits: An Evaluation of a Traffic Education Program   Duncan Henderson - Provision of Allied Health Services using Telehelath in rural / remote locations: Is it feasible?
Liam Jukes - Regional Rediotherapy    

Sunday 23 September

SARRAH National Conference Day 3

Karen Cook - Responding to the needs of rural and remote communities: National Workforce Planning for Allied Health Professions in Australia
Teena Downton - Getting more allied health outback: Just what the rural doctor ordered
Claire Brunero - Innovation in Teaching: Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health Clinical Training
Concurrent Session F
Confident Competent Clinicians
Gary Williams - Queensland Health Allied Health Pre-Entry Scholarship Programs Review Julie Hulcombe - Flying Start Queensland Health: Inter-professional education for new starter clinicians Johanna Hodgson - Development and implementation of a new contemporary outpatient rehabilitation service Renae Moore - Interprofessional workshops for clinical supervisors in the Northern Territory
Graham Parry - Helping the helpers in regional and rural Australia: An innovative mentoring and supervision program in NSW Mary Lee - Lifeline Domestic Violence Response Training Melissa Lindeman - Demential in Indigenous Communities: A 'knowledge-to-action' professional-development program for remote practitioners. Ingrid Diep - Allied health student perspectives on rural and remote placements
Ilsa Nielsen - Queensland Health Rural Development Pathway: Developing confident, competent, early career clinicians Priya Martin - A step closer' - the student buddy system implenented in Central Queensland   Rebecca Smith - Clinician to Manager-Promotion from within the whirlwind journey

Conference Sponsors

SARRAH would like to thank the financial sponsors of the 2012 SARRAH National Conference for their support of this event

Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

Health Workforce Australia

National E-Health Transition Authority

Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme

The Australian Clinical Psychology Association

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

Business Events Tasmania

Launceston City Council

National Relay Service

Sybella Mentoring

UTAS Faculty of Health Science Department
of Rural Health

St Giles Society Inc

Medicare Local Tasmania

Health Workforce Queensland


Primary Health Care Research Information Service


HESTA Industry SuperFund

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

Health Recruitment Plus Tasmania

Royal Rehabilitation College

NT Health Workforce

REED Healthcare

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency

  Department of Human Services