"A healthy place to be..."
Community Skills Workshop

Date: Sunday 17 May 2009, 9.00am – 3.30pm
Venue: Cairns Convention Centre

A healthy place to be: community skills workshop was an opportunity for people from the Cairns region and 10th Conference delegates to gain practical health skills for themselves and their communities.  Workshop sessions were of special interest to high school and university students, carers and health professionals.  Electives included self-care for carers, managing multiple medications, information on health careers, Mental Health First Aid, CPR skills, bush survival skills, rural leadership and writing about health for the media.  There were keynote speakers, break-out sessions and some good healthy fun with singing, mural making and circus skills!


Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

ASHM (Australian Society for HIV Medicine)
One-day Course:
Blood-borne viruses and STIs for GPs, nurses and allied health

Date: Sunday 17 May 2009, 8.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Sebel Hotel Cairns

The course was aimed at healthcare workers providing clinical services in the primary care setting and have patients who have, or are at risk of BBVs & STIs. This course provided an overview of the epidemiology, testing principles, pathogenesis, natural history and treatment of HIV, hepatitis B and C infections and common bacterial and viral Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs). The information was presented in a variety of formats, including short presentations, with interactive question and answer sessions, facilitated small group work, and case discussions.



AJRH (Australian Journal of Rural Health)
Writing for Publication Workshop

Date: Sunday 17 May 2009, 9.00am – 3.30pm
Venue: Meeting Room 9, Cairns Convention Centre

Returning in 2009, the workshop presented a fresh approach to the challenges of writing for refereed journals.

Key sessions were conducted by experienced writers and editors including:

  • Professor James Dunbar, Editor AJRH
  • Professor Prasuna Reddy, Deputy Editor, AJRH
  • Dr Denis Muller, former senior editor Sydney Morning Herald and Age (Melbourne)
  • Tom Griffin, Journal Publishing Coordinator, Wiley Blackwell
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