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CRANAplus Conference 2013

Why history lessons are an important part of medical education

Why history lessons are an important part of medical education

When academics at Bond University were planning a cultural immersion program aimed at improving medical students’ understanding of Indigenous health, their priority was to make it creative and engaging. Associate Professor Janie Smith, who has previously worked as a remote health professional in the NT, presented on the new immersion program at the recent CRANAplus […]

Documenting some of the wider health benefits of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

Documenting some of the wider health benefits of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations

Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) have a wide-ranging impact upon community wellbeing that extends far beyond the delivery of health care services. They also enable the development of community capacity and leadership, and thus have a positive bearing on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing. These are among the findings of a study […]

Research highlights the resilience of remote area nurses

Research highlights the resilience of remote area nurses

Rosemary Cadden reports from the CRANAplus conference in Darwin: Remote area nursing is famously stressful, but new research suggests that these practitioners are a resilient bunch, and this helps them cope with the occupational stress. Dr Tess Opie, from Flinders University in Adelaide, has been investigating how stress levels amongst remote area nurses compare with […]

Engaging community members as ambassadors for better health: the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Engaging community members as ambassadors for better health: the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia

Rosemary Cadden reports from the CRANAplus conference in Darwin: Engaging community members as ambassadors for social marketing campaigns is an important strategy for the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. Mary-Anne Williams, who has a nursing background and has worked for about five years at the AHCSA, spoke about the role of community members in […]

Illustrating the potential harms and benefits of social media

Illustrating the potential harms and benefits of social media

Some disturbing examples of inappropriate use of social media by nurses were shown in a presentation at the CRANAplus conference in Darwin yesterday. NSW nurse Laurie Bickhoff, a member of the Emerging Nurse Leader program, suggested there is serious cause for concern about the way some nurses are using social media. Ms Bickhoff, who has […]

Dr Philip Nitschke injects some humour into discussions about death and dying at CRANAplus conference

Dr Philip Nitschke injects some humour into discussions about death and dying at CRANAplus conference

The importance of more open and honest discussions about death and dying was highlighted at the CRANAplus conference in Darwin yesterday, with presentations from voluntary euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke, intensive care specialist Dr Peter Saul and Palliative Care Australia CEO, Dr Yvonne Luxford. *** Rosemary Cadden reports: A slip of the tongue that almost […]

After the flash flooding; how one remote community recovered (and previewing the CRANAplus conference)

After the flash flooding; how one remote community recovered (and previewing the CRANAplus conference)

Hundreds of people were evacuated and their homes were devastated when flash flooding struck the small remote East Kimberley community of Warmun (also known as Turkey Creek) in March, 2011. Two years later, the community has almost finished the rebuild. The experience, while traumatic, has also brought many positives, according to Monica Frain, a remote […]