6th Rural & Remote Health Scientific Symposium

RuralRemoteHealth_Day2_Moran 2.jpgAssociate 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.

with Tony Smith
Associate Professor Monica Moran with Associate Professor Anthony (Tony) Smith from the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

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.

HETI Health Education in Practice Symposium

The HETI Health Education in Practice Symposium, held in Sydney on the 7-8th May, provided an important opportunity of two members of the SIF Project, Professor Jill Thistlethwaite and Associate Professor Roger Dunston, to present on the development and current status of the SIF Project. Their presentation, titled ‘Embedding interprofessional education in a uni-professional world’, is available to view.

The symposium was a rich event with many diverse presentations. What stood out from many of the presentations and discussions, was a shared interest in the development of interprofessional, collaborative and team based approaches in both education and practice. One important outcome of the meting will see the SIF Project and HETI talking further about possible ways to collaborate around the development of interprofessional approaches that span higher education into practice.

Tribute to Professor Scott Reeves

It is with great sadness that we inform our interprofessional colleagues of the sudden death of Professor Scott Reeves on May 4th.  Scott has been a colleague, friend, collaborator and expert for the interprofessional community over the last several decades.  He has been, and will continue to be, well-known globally as an interprofessional scholar; and he has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care since 2010.  With a background as a social scientist, he has been involved in health professional education and health services research for over 20 years.  His most recent position was at Kingston University and St George’s University of London, in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research.  Prior to this he worked in Canada and the USA, following his early career in the UK. Those of us working in this field have cited Scott’s works many many times over the years – he has authored papers, reports, books, book chapters and a blog, many of which have been translated into several languages – and we have heard him speak in many countries around the globe.

Scott is survived by his wife and 3 sons – our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Tributes may be left at: https://www.caipe.org/news/professor-scott-reeves

Written by Professor Jill Thistlethwaite