Young Professionals Health Summit – Bunbury 2021

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Registrations for the South West Health Professionals Network ‘Young Professionals’ Health Summit are now open!

Saturday 20 March 2021
Plus networking drinks from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, BUNBURY

This one-day health summit for young and emerging health professionals in the South West will feature professional development workshops, hands-on clinical skills stations and networking drinks, providing South West Young Professionals with a locally-delivered education and networking opportunity.

Visit the event website to view the program and register here.

The keynote speaker will be CRAIG CHALLEN SC OAM, Joint Australian of the Year 2019, an Australian cave diver notable for his efforts in saving a soccer team of twelve boys and their coach in the 2018 Thailand Cave Rescue.

Please see attached the event program. Registration fee starts at $50 and those living outside of Bunbury can apply for a Health Workforce Scholarship bursary to cover their travel registration fee and one nights accommodation (please contact Corinne McGowan to apply for the scholarship).

For further information on the event please contact SWHPN Program Officer Sally Mueller.

Win a $100 gift voucher

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Calling all nursing, midwifery, dental and allied health professionals practicing in rural Western Australia

The Rural Health West Health Professional Survey is now open.

You play a crucial role in the health of WA rural communities and we are asking for your help.  If you haven’t already, please complete our survey using the link below.  Help us understand your needs and experiences so we can better support you and your community.  Help us help you.

Click here to take the survey!

Respondents with surveys returned by the due date will be entered into a draw to win one of five $100 gift cards.

For Rural Health West clients, this survey is pre-filled with your information and securely hosted on our server.  All you need to do is check we have your details correctly and answer a few questions – it should take less than 10 minutes.  Email our Database Team for your secure login details.

Online diabetes upskilling for rural and remote health professionals

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Would you like to upskill in diabetes but can’t attend the Diabetes WAface-to-face training in Perth? Now you can learn online with the support of a Diabetes WA credentialled diabetes educator.

• can be completed at your own pace
• 24 hour access
• no need to travel for training
• certificate provided upon completion
• credentialled diabetes educator (CDE) mentor provided

The National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) online diabetes care course is for health professionals in a general care setting. This interactive learning tool can be completed at your own pace with 24 hour access, and is suitable for anyone who finds it challenging to travel for training days.

Participants have three months to complete the course content and a certificate will be provided upon completion. Diabetes WA will provide 25 free registrations (worth $594 each) to primary care health professionals working in rural or remote practice. Diabetes WA will also provide a credentialled diabetes educator (CDE) as a mentor to help support participants through the training process.

Registered and enrolled nurses, GPs and other allied health professionals based at a GP clinic in regional or remote Western Australia are eligible for this offer. For more information and to express your interest go to the “Professionals” section of the Diabetes WA website or email

Registrations are closing soon for the South West Health Research Forum 2020!

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26 NOVEMBER 2020 | ECU, Bunbury
Research forum | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Complimentary networking event | 5:00pm – 6:30pm
The forum will bring together research leaders, researchers and health practitioners from Australian universities and South West clinical settings to share current rural and regional health research activity and explore potential opportunities to grow health research in the region. The forum will also provide the opportunity for delegates to learn, mentor, contribute and network.
For the afternoon individual group sessions, places are still available in the Aged Care, Paediatrics, Cancer/Palliative Care and Chronic Disease streams only.

Currently recruiting – Community Contacts and Hosts for the John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP)

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Are you interested in hosting or providing community connections for medical students visiting rural areas? Rural Health West is currently recruiting for Community Contacts and Hosts for the John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP)

The JFPP is a program whereby Australian medical students spend two weeks each year over three or four years working alongside a rural doctor (their Mentor), experiencing the diversity of rural practice and expanding their hands-on skills. During their rural placement, most students reside with a Host and are provided a Community Contact who gives them an exclusive insight into the social and cultural life of rural Australia.

Hosts provide a place of residence for the JFPP Scholars whilst they are on their placement. The duration of a placement can range from two to four weeks and mainly take place over the summer months or the winter university break. In addition to a Host role, a Community Contact provides orientation and ongoing support to Scholar’s, while assisting them with social and lifestyle aspects of the community. Both a Host and Community Contact are the key link between the JFPP Scholar and the community. Hosting JFPP Scholar’s is an opportunity to showcase the rural community that you call home and the benefits of living in rural Australia. Your participation as a Host and/or Community Contact in the JFPP, will encourage medical students to return to rural communities as medical practitioners in the future.

Hosts are provided an honorarium payment of $400 per placement week and Community Contacts are provided an honorarium payment of $175 per placement week.

To be eligible, Hosts and Community Contacts must reside in a non-metropolitan location and undertake a Police Check to be able to participate in the JFPP. Hosts and Community Contacts will be allocated a Scholar only if there is an available Mentor in the same location.

For more information and to register please visit the website.

WA Rural Health Awards | Nominations now open

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The WA Rural Health Awards celebrate the achievements of clinicians who have enhanced the range and quality of medical care available in rural locations. These awards are an opportunity to shine the spotlight on health professionals who have contributed to rural health in Western Australia. When news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke, the world hit unchartered waters and health professionals rose to the challenge. Never has there been a better time to acknowledge these heroes.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 awards in the following categories:

• Building Healthy Country Communities
• Clinical Leadership
• GP of the Year
• People’s Choice
• Metropolitan-based Bush Champion
• Procedural GP/District Medical Officer of the Year
• Rising Star
• Rural Nurse/Midwife of the Year
• Rural Researcher or Educator
• Specialist of the Year (non-GP)

All the awards (except People’s Choice) are peer/supervisor nominated, so please consider nominating a colleague or staff member that is worthy of recognition.

For further information on the award categories and criteria please visit

Nominations close 30 November 2020.

Establishment of a Palliative Care Medical Team in the Southwest – positions available

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WACHS has opportunities for experienced GPs/SMPs/DMOs who are interested in helping establish the service delivery for providing palliative care medical support to the regions of WA:

  • Southwest (0.4 FTE = 32 hour per fortnight


This position will:

  • Support the delivery of a comprehensive palliative care service to the communities in the Southwest as a member of the regional palliative care team
  • Work closely with the regional palliative care specialists, Drs Sarah Dunlop & Carolyn Masarei, and regional palliative care team in developing care plans for palliative care patients with complex needs
  • Develop capacity in other generalist clinicians in the delivery of palliative care
  • Assist in team activities across teaching, supervision and quality improvement.
  • Work closely with the Director of Palliative Care WACHS in ensuring the appropriate governance of regional palliative care services.

This is a fantastic opportunity to help develop an emerging program within regional WA by joining the regionally based multidisciplinary palliative care team, who deliver patient-centred palliative care to rural patients close to their homes. A team of other regional Palliative Care GP’s and Palliative Care Consultants have been recruited, along with progressing the establishment of the WACHS Palliative Care Telehealth After Hours service.

Whilst initially this is a pilot project to June 2021, it is possible that the positions’ will be created on a permanent basis, and you will be encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for these fantastic opportunities:

  • Suitable candidates must have (or be eligible for) registration by the Medical Board of Western Australia, Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or equivalent.
  • Must demonstrate experience working in palliative care and have the ability to work as part of a regional / rural / remote multi-disciplinary team.

If you are interested in joining a team committed to best practice delivery of palliative care, please submit an expression of interest, your CV, and covering letter to by 4pm 30th October 2020. Any queries about the position may be directed to Dr Kirsten Auret, Director Palliative Care, at or telephone 0417 981 310