Date - 10 August 2020
SQRH was proud to host the inaugural Regional Solutions Forum in May.
Initiated by SQRH Clinical Educator (Psychology) Michelle Aniftos with support from the Clinical Education team, the forum was designed to encourage health students to devise innovative solutions to rural health workforce challenges.
A total of 12 University of Queensland Psychology students and one Nursing/Midwifery student participated. The students looked at various topics including ways to address student social isolation, improving outcomes for the SQRH Health and Wellness Clinic, recruiting psychology students to rural placements, supporting remote psychology providers through telehealth and improving clinical cardiac care.
Keynote speaker Dr Sharon Varela addressed the topic of Rural Health Workforce Challenges and Opportunities, while Centre for Rural and Remote Health Director Professor Sabina Knight provided critical feedback on the presentations.
The “Outstanding Student Project” was awarded to Nursing/Midwifery student Kendal Christie who presented on electrocardiogram (ECG) care. The “People’s Choice” went to Psychology students Tim Size, Dani Settle, Rose Nixon and Adrian Cheng who outlined various strategies to alleviate student social isolation.
The students delivered interesting and concise presentations and the SQRH team will be implementing their recommendations in the coming months.