Wed 7 March - Sat 10 March 2007

Pre- and Post- Conference Meetings

5th International Rural Nursing Congress
Rural & Remote Nursing in a Changing
Global Environment

Dates: 4 - 6 March 2007
Venue: The Albury Club, Kiewa St, Albury
5th International Rural Nursing Congress

This pre-conference meeting was run in conjunction with the National Rural Health Alliance and the 9th National Rural Health Conference.

The full program is available here.

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NRHN Forum
Staying Strong: Thriving in the Bush
Dates: 6 - 7 March 2007
Venue: Commercial Club, Dean St, Albury
National Rural Health Network

The National Rural Health Network forum was an opportunity for 220 health students, members of 19 rural health clubs around Australia, to come together and discuss important rural and remote health issues from a student perspective.

The forum focused on mental health and health care issues and the NRHN’s Mental Health Guide, “When the Cowpat Hits the Windmill”, produced in conjunction with Beyond Blue, was launched at the conference. The forum helped to facilitate effective transitions for students to being an effective and healthy part of the rural health workforce.

The forum brought together several multidisciplinary keynote speakers with a wealth of experience in rural mental health and rural practice. Student presentations were a key component of the program and covered new strategies and initiatives at rural health clubs, collaborative projects, personal rural health experiences, recruitment and retention of health students, self care and mental health, rural high school visits, research projects, health student curriculum and learning strategies, and how to thrive in rural and remote practice.

The forum also consisted of skills sessions and workshops focused on improving the ability of students to look after themselves, as well as their patients, and to truly thrive in the rural and remote health workforce.

The final afternoon of the forum brought together the outcomes of the previous sessions where key recommendations and strategies for the NRHN were developed to inform the future direction and future growth of the NRHN.

For more information, please contact Litsa Kane, Executive Support Officer of the NRHN at

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Breast Cancer in Indigenous Women Workshop
Date: 7 March 2007
Time: 11.30am  - 3.30pm
Venue: Legacy House
National Breast Cancer Centre

The National Breast Cancer Centre (NBCC) held a half-day workshop on breast cancer in Indigenous women. The half day workshop was offered free of charge, and was open to conference delegates as well as people who are not attending the conference. The workshop was of interest to all health professionals working with Indigenous women, including Indigenous health workers, GPs, rural and remote area nurses and allied health professionals, as well as others with an interest in supporting members of Indigenous communities affected by breast cancer.

For information about the workshop program, please contact Thea Kremser at the National Breast Cancer Centre on 02 9036 3068 or 

The Program for the Breast Cancer Workshop (39kB pdf) is now available.

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Aboriginal Health
Health equality within a generation
Perspectives and pathways

Presented by NACCHO, AIDA and NRHA
Date: 7 March 2007, 8.45am - 3.30pm
Venue: St Matthews Hall, QE 2 Square, Albury
Cost: $60 per person
Australian Indigenous Doctors Association
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health OrganisationNational Rural Health Alliance

What is needed to achieve health equality in a generation for Australia’s Indigenous people? Where is the roadmap? The organisers of this interactive workshop wanted delegates views and sought their assistance to develop a plan of action. No room for passengers here. Participants were kept busy from start to finish.

The Program for the Aboriginal Health Workshop (20kB pdf) is now available.

The workshop organisers will use the document available at as one of the starting points for the participants. Reference will also be made to HREOC 2005 Social Justice Report and the 2006 Report on the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Health Performance Framework, and Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan templates.

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ACHSE Workshop
Date: 7 March 2007, 9am - 3.30pm
Venue: Card Room at The Albury Club, Kiewa St, Albury
Cost: $80 per person
Australian College of Health Service Executives

The Australian College of Health Service Executives (ACHSE) once again held a pre conference forum with a focus on rural health service management. In addition to working through a range of topical issues facing health service managers working in rural settings, this workshop provided a great opportunity to meet and network with other rural and remote health managers from across Australia.

Presentations looked at current health management best practice and innovative initiatives touching on:

  • Key Challenges of Rural and Remote Health Service Management
  • Management Perspectives from the Aboriginal Communities
  • Reflections from a Management Trainee Perspective – a Career Beyond the Acute Sector
  • The Developing role of the Divisions of General Practice in Rural Health Services – Expansion and Governance Issues
  • Workforce challenges

The Program for the ACHSE Workshop is now available (84kB pdf).

For more information, please contact Sue Thomson on 02 9878 5088 or email

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RDAA / ACRRM Symposium
Emergency medicine in rural Australia
Date: 7 March 2007, 9.30 - 3.30 pm
Venue: St David´s Church Hall,
Olive Street, Albury
Cost: $55 per person
Rural Doctors Association of AustraliaAustralian College of Rural and Remote Medicine

The RDAA and ACRRM third National Symposium, to consider the provision of quality Emergency Medicine in rural Australia, was held from 9:30am to 3:30pm, immediately before the opening of the 9th National Rural Health Conference.

The symposium took the form of a national think tank. Key presentations led into facilitated group work from which the outcomes of the day were drawn. These were key strategic directions and solutions to guide advocacy, policy and program development in Emergency Medicine. Delegates had an opportunity to contribute to real innovation and progress in support of quality emergency care for rural Australia.

Delegates from all health professions, federal, state and local government, rural organisations, consumer groups, health service administrations and rural communities were needed to ensure that the outcomes are truly representative of the rural constituency.

The outcomes of the symposium will be published and provided to all participants for use in their own work.

This event followed the successful symposia held in 2003 and 2005 on Rural Procedural Medicine and Birthing Services in Small Rural Hospitals respectively, both of which led to important outcomes for the rural medical workforce including the Procedural GP Payments, Training for Rural & Remote Procedural GP Program grants, and funds to develop a National Consensus Framework for Rural Maternity Services.

Emergency medicine training modules, including some designed in line with female doctors’ preferred learning styles, were available in conjunction with the symposium and conference and may be eligible for the Training for Rural & Remote Procedural GP Program grants.

The Program (41kB pdf)for the RDAA / ACRRM Symposium is now available.

For further information on the symposium contact Susan Stratigos: or Anna Nichols:

The RDAA / ACRRM Symposium 2007 was assisted by funding from the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.

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Rural Pharmacist Forum
Date: 7 March 2007, 9am - 3pm
Venue: Robert Brown Room, Albury Council Chambers, Kiewa St, Albury
Cost: $60 per person
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia

The Rural Pharmacy Workforce Program hosted the ‘2nd Rural Pharmacist Forum’ held as a pre-conference forum to the 9th National Rural Health Conference.

The Forum ran from 9am to 3pm and consisted of key presentations on the following rural pharmacy topics:

  • Update on rural 4th Agreement Programs
  • Experiences of a rural undergraduate scholarship holder
  • Indigenous and rural health issues
  • Collaborative Health Care approaches
  • Succession Planning – supporting pharmacists of the future
  • S100 – a pharmacists experience
  • Profile of a remote pharmacist
  • Pharmacists Academics at University Departments of Rural Health

The Rural Pharmacist Forum Program is now available (35kB pdf).

The Rural Pharmacist Forum is assisted by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

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Writing for Publication Workshop
Date: 7 March 2007, 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: The Albury Club, Kiewa St, Albury
Cost: $40
Australian Journal of Rural Health

This workshop was intended to assist authors seeking publication in referred journals.  Key sessions were conducted by the Editor of the Australian Journal of Rural Health, Professor James Dunbar, and by other experienced writers and editors.

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Paramedic Workshop
Innovations in rural and regional paramedic roles
Sponsored by Charles Sturt University
Institute of Land, Water and Society
Date: 7 March 2007
Venue: Country Comfort Motel,
Cnr Dean and Elizabeth Streets, Albury
Charles Sturt University

A consortium of Australian Universities completed commissioned research on the Rural and Regional Ambulance Paramedic in Australia. The research resulted in a description of a rural expanded scope of practice paramedic called the RESP Model.

The research was funded nationally by the Council of Ambulance Authorities, it was conducted in four States, and four ambulance paramedics worked as researchers under the supervision of a strong academic team. The workshop was of interest to health professionals and community members who are interested in rural expanded scope of practice models in Australia.

The workshop aimed to provide a national platform to share innovations in the design and implementation of rural ambulance models of service delivery and to encourage rural ambulance paramedics to engage with the rural health movement.

For more information, please contact Peter O´Meara at

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ASHM Course (post-conference meeting)
One day course in Blood Borne Viruses and
Sexually Transmissible Infections

Date: 11 March 2007, 8.30am - 4.30pm
Venue: Albury Convention Centre
Australasian Society for HIV Medicine

This course provided an overview of the epidemiology, testing principles, pathogenesis, natural history and treatment of HIV, hepatitis B and C infection and common Sexually Transmissible Infections.

The information was presented in a variety of formats, including short presentations, with interactive question and answer sessions, facilitated small group work, and case studies.


  • An overview of BBV and STI epidemiology in Australia, including local information and trends
  • The clinical relevance of local BBV and STI epidemiology 
  • The commonalities and differences in epidemiology and transmission between conditions
  • History taking of drug use and sexual risk
  • Practicalities of testing
  • Notification and contact tracing
  • Priority populations


  • Could this be HIV? Diagnosis in the primary care setting
  • Natural history of HIV
  • Monitoring the HIV positive patient
  • Antiretroviral therapy for HIV
  • Rationale for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Medications used for PEP
  • How to refer for PEP

Viral Hepatitis:

  • Clinical presentations of hepatitis in primary care
  • Hepatitis B testing, assessment, treatment and prevention
  • Hepatitis C testing, assessment, treatment and prevention

Sexually Transmissible Infection management:

  • Bacterial STIs, including Chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhoea and the natural history, treatment and prevention
  • Viral STIs including HPV and HSV and the natural history, treatment and prevention strategies, including vaccination

For further information or to register for this course please contact Hiba Jebeile at ASHM on (02) 8204 0725 or

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