2017 Outback Allied Health Forum an outstanding success

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2017 Outback Allied Health Forum an outstanding success

15th June, 2017

The inaugural Outback Allied Health Forum held on June 8, 2017 has been rated an outstanding success by the participants.  The forum was a collaboration between:

  • The Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health, James Cook University
  • North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS)
  • Western Queensland Primary Health Network (QPHN)
  • Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences (ACDHS)
  • Allied Health Professions Office of Queensland
  • Gidgee Healing
  • North West Remote Health (NWRH)
  • Education Queensland

Julie Hulcombe, Robyn Adams, and Lisa Davies Jones.

More than 80 allied health professionals gathered at the Mount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health to discuss this year’s theme, 'Realising Potential and Inspiring Change' by examining the vast and unique delivery of health services within rural and remote areas.

The push for the collaboration originated from a number of health professionals working in rural and remote communities, that face the many challenges of developing and implementing client centered and evidence based care.

The forum heard from a number of students, recent graduates and highly experienced allied health professionals and the chief allied health officer in Queensland.

The major themes emerged throughout the forum presentations:

  • Interprofessional practice
  • Telehealth
  • Workforce and rural generalist training
  • Advocacy and leadership

MICRRH was honored to host the policy officer for Indigenous Allied Health Australia Kylie Stothers and the Executive Officer at Australian Council of Deans of Health Sciences, Robyn Adams, as the key the note speaker, and have the Chancellor of James Cook University Mr Bill Tweddell in attendance.

Prof. Sabina Knight, Julie Hulcombe, Bill Tweddell and Lisa Davies Jones (Photo Credit: Derek Barr)

The best presentation of the day, was awarded to two outstanding speakers:

  • NWHHS Physiotherapist – Bonnie Collins for her presentation on ‘Expansion of Physiotherapy service in ED and fracture clinic at Mount Isa'
  • NWRH Dietitian - Grace Tanner for her presentation on ‘Indigenous nutrition services project; A multi-disciplinary approach to Type 2 Diabetes group education sessions'

Other speakers included the Director of MICRRH Prof. Sabina Knight, QLD Chief Allied Health Officer Julie Hulcombe, JCU Chancellor Bill Tweddell, NWHS CEO Lisa Davies Jones, Gidgee Healing CEO Dallas Leon, Department of Education and Training Physiotherapist Alexander Lauer, NWRH Executive Manager Primary Healthcare and Human Resources Dominic Sandilands, NWHHS Acting Allied Health Director Kathryn Fulton and many more.

Director of MICRRH Prof. Sabina Knight has hailed the Outback Allied Health Forum a success. “We heard from the gurus and legends of today and of tomorrow,” she said. “Outback Queensland’s allied health workforce is in a good place to shape and transform the services to best meet the needs of the region and the professions.”