Jan Dent, Senior Project Officer/ Leadership, Health Education & Training Institute Rural & Remote Portfolio
Dr Jo Burnand, Medical Director, IECO Consulting

Date & Time: 9.00am - 12.15pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018
Venue: Tamworth Town Hall, Fitzroy Street (Congress Venue) 

Workshop Summary:
None of us leap out of bed in the morning and say “Oh goodie! I have to resolve a conflict at work today“

Most of us dread such events but effective leaders know they have to tackle the workplace issues that make or break for a productive, smooth and enjoyable environment as well as maintain and improve patient safety. Conversely very few of us feel confident that we can conduct those conversations skillfully and respectfully.

This workshop is designed to increase participant’s skill and confidence in conducting crucial workplace conversations.

Participants will be invited to bring a work issue they would like to address and will have the opportunity to practice crafting conversations in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

A variety of communication tools and templates will be used.


Associate Professor Gene Hodgins , Clinical Education Academic Lead & Clinical Psychologist, Charles Sturt University, Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health

Date & Time: 9.00am - 12.15pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018
Venue: Tamworth Town Hall, Fitzroy Street (Congress Venue) 

Workshop Summary:
Clinicians and health services endeavour to base their activities and plan their expenditure on good evidence and the key source of such evidence is the research literature.

Often such evidence is developed in communities and contexts that are very different from the rural and remote communities represented at this Congress.

It is important that rural health care is represented in this literature and that rural clinicians and researchers understand the publication process and are able to submit their research and publish successfully.

This workshop will describe the journal publication process and assist participants to increase the probability that their research will be published, hopefully minimising unnecessary frustration on the way.

This is a workshop for those who are interested in and plan to submit their work to academic and ‘trade’ journals.


Donna Murray, CEO, Indigenous Allied Health Australia
Adjunct Professor Nicole Turner, Aboriginal Community Nutritionist, Hunter New England Health and Chairperson, Indigenous Allied Health Australia

Date & Time: 9.00am - 12.15pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018
Venue: Tamworth Town Hall, Fitzroy Street (Congress Venue) 

Workshop Summary:

‘Working in a culturally responsive way is about strengths-based, action-oriented approaches to achieving cultural safety that can facilitate increased access to affordable, available, appropriate and acceptable health care’
IAHA Cultural Responsiveness In Action: An IAHA Framework.

This Workshop provides a substantial introduction to a comprehensive Cultural Responsiveness Program.

It aims to increase awareness, understanding and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and society in order to strengthen professional practice and institutional capacity to respond effectively to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

The Program promotes behavioural and systemic change toward culturally safe and responsive healthcare.

The Workshop is suitable for health professionals and researchers, managers, executives and others. It will aim to strengthen the capacity and cultural capabilities of everyone engaged in health and related services to work more effectively and contribute to outcomes with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and organisations.


Tod Adams, Manager Rural Education Innovation and Training, Health Education & Training Institute
Howard Dawson, Education Technology and Innovation Manager, Health Education & Training Institute

Date & Time: 9.00am - 12.15pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018
Venue: Tamworth Town Hall, Fitzroy Street (Congress Venue) 

Workshop Summary:
This workshop will provide participants with an insight into current and emerging trends in technology use in education.

The workshop will enable participants an experiential learning approach to interact with basic to advanced technologies and to interact with other technologies (such as Virtual Reality) which may support staff learning.

This is a practical workshop where you will be able to interact with simulation based and other educational technologies, and meet with staff who specialise in future technologies in a ‘technology fair’ approach.

There are no re-requisites for this workshop. Bring an open mind.


Associate Professor Kym Rae, Director, Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre

Date & Time: 9.00am - 11.00am, Wednesday 5 September 2018
Venue: Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre, 2/1 Hinkler Road, Tamworth  
Transport: Buses will be departing Tamworth Town Hall at 9am and returning at 11am

Workshop Summary:
This workshop will be offsite and will include a tour of the Gomeroi gaaynggal Centre, University of Newcastle. This venue is a vibrant Indigenous arts studio, gallery space and research centre. Participants will have the opportunity to listen to a team discussion of their work and undertake a small art project during the tour.

Gomeroi gaaynggal (Gomeroi babies) research program enrols women pregnant with Indigenous babies during their pregnancy and follows both mother and child until the child reaches 10 years of age. The research program offers clinical research appointments that incorporate antenatal services, including pregnancy ultrasounds to monitor the health of the growing baby, blood tests and regular health checks for both mums and bubs.The information collected from the research study is used to find ways in which health services may be adapted to better meet the needs of Indigenous women and children at this important time.

Gomeroi gaaynggal ArtsHealth programs support women aged from their early teens through to Elders and provide a safe and culturally appropriate space for women of all ages to create art and connect with each other, their culture and their local Indigenous community. Classes are also run for young Indigenous people in the area which aim to connect the next generation more closely to their culture.

The team from the Gomeroi gaaynggal program are passionate about doing all they can to support the local Indigenous women and children, and help every one of them reach their potential in health.

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