Associate Professor Monica Moran, member of the SIF Project Management Team, recently presented at the 6th Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium. The event was held in Canberra from the 11 – 12 April. A/Prof. Moran’s presentation titled ‘Building national capability in interprofessional education and practice: learning from Australian research’, is now available to view.
This research symposium was characterised by a small number of streams (three per session) which resulted in strong audience numbers in each session. There was a lot of interest in the SIF Project, with A/Prof. Moran’s session being attended by approx 35 people participants.
Comments from the audience regarding need for further work included:
- the need to include communities (service recipients and service co-designers) in design and delivery of interprofessional models of service particularly in rural/remote communities.
- The gap in our understanding regarding the needs of communities in terms of the best health workforce mix of professions to delivery best practice services – we do not yet have a way of mapping this from an interprofessional perspective
Overall a number of the keynote presentations of the conference presentations used big data to describe health and service delivery trends over the past 20 years particularly for chronic diseases. The new national Rural Health Commissioner Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, who was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November 2017, delivered an opening important address where he started to unpack plans for a national rural health workforce underpinned on principles of rural generalism, cultural safety and place.
These ideas give us much food for thought and opportunities for collaboration in our interprofessional work as rural teams are so often fertile locations for interprofessionalism.