Keeping your finger on the pulse

A word from the Director

Date - 16 December 2020

As we move toward the end of the year, it was wonderful to officially open our new Clinical Training Facility on Bidjara Country in Charleville.

This is a significant piece of infrastructure for SQRH and the local Charleville community. The construction of the building was funded by the Australian Government and built on land at the Charleville Hospital, kindly provided by South West Hospital and Health Service. We are very thankful of the ongoing support from the Charleville community who have embraced SQRH since our inception. The completion of the facility will allow health students in Charleville to have access to high quality training rooms, clinical simulation labs, telehealth studios and provides a strong base for health training in the south west Queensland outback.

SQRH recently welcomed the release of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program Evaluation report. The RHMT Program funds University Departments of Rural Health, Rural Clinical Schools and Regional Training Hubs. The evaluation found that the RHMT Program has provided great value in addressing rural health workforce issues and detailed 29 recommendations for the program moving forward. Some of the recommendations related to: a greater focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce outcomes, greater focus on smaller rural communities, extended rural placement models, enhanced interprofessional learning experiences, inclusion of rural health in program curricula, building supervision capacity for existing clinical staff. The Department of Health has undertaken a consultation process and is currently considering the recommendations for commencement of the next iteration of the RHMT Program in 2022.

As a collaboration, SQRH prides itself on building meaningful collaborative relationships. We have been working closely with our UDRH cousins up in Mt Isa, the Centre for Rural and Remote Health (CRRH). SQRH and CRRH have been working on the co-delivery of supervision workshops for psychologists and recently SQRH staff joined with CRRH staff to strengthen models of interprofessional education. Both SQRH and CRRH are part of the national UDRH network, the Australian Rural Health Education Network, and through this network we continue to strongly advocate for our rural communities.

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