‘In this together’: online National Reconciliation Week celebrations begin this week

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Western Australians are encouraged to join the digital celebration of Reconciliation Week 2020, as COVID-19 reminds us that, more than ever, we are ‘In this together’.


The national celebration of Reconciliation Week starts today (May 27) and runs until Wednesday, June 3.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, large public gatherings have been replaced with immersive online content, including storytelling and videos, to empower Australians to understand and better participate in truth telling.


Reconciliation WA has compiled a video series called Reconciliation Conversations, which features prominent Aboriginal Western Australians including Des Headland, Tui Raven, Richard Walley, Robyn Smith-Walley and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt.


This year’s theme, ‘In this together’, is a theme that Western Australians have embraced during the COVID-19 pandemic.


In a remarkable display of mutual respect and collaboration, industry, governments, Aboriginal communities and individuals have over the past three months partnered to protect Aboriginal communities from the spread of COVID-19.


For more information about Reconciliation Week 2020, visit: https://www.recwa.org.au/

National Palliative Care Week 2020

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In 2020, National Palliative Care Week (NPCW) will be held from Sunday 24 May – Saturday 30 May, with the theme ‘Palliative Care… It’s more than you think’.
During NPCW 2020 Palliative Care Australia hopes to spark important conversations in the community about the benefits of quality palliative care and celebrate the amazing dedication of all those working and volunteering in palliative care across Australia. There’s more than you think! Download and share a range of online NPCW campaign resources here.
Resources include:
▪ Banners
▪ Logos
▪ Posters
▪ Social Media asset

Scholarship recipient determined to make a difference to dental health in rural areas

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Scholarship recipient determined to make a difference to dental health in rural areas

A second-year Doctor of Dental Medicine postgraduate student from The University of Western Australia is this year’s recipient of the Country Women’s Association of Western Australia Rural Dental Scholarship.

The scholarship will enable Ebony Grigo, 22, from Bunbury, to achieve her career goal of improving dental healthcare in rural and disadvantaged communities.

Read more here: http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/2020052012097/scholarship-recipient-determined-make-difference-dental-health-rural-areas?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news

The Pandemic Kindness Movement

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The Pandemic Kindness Movement was created by clinicians across Australia, working together to support all health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have curated respected, evidence-informed resources and links to valuable services to support the wellbeing of the health workforce.

Learn more here: https://aci.health.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/kindness

Transition to Practice Program

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The Transition to Practice Program provides an evidence-based framework of support over 12 months to nurses who have transitioned to primary health care and feel they would benefit from additional support. For more information on the program and how to apply please follow the link: Transition to Practice Program Information.

Please note: This program does not match or allocate nurses to a workplace. Nurses must already be working in a primary health care setting (or ensure they are by the time the program starts) to apply

Innovation at the Frontline – how practices across the State are preparing and adapting in response to COVID-19

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Rural Health West is collecting resources and ideas from practices across rural WA as they prepare and adapt to protect patients and staff from COVID-19 infection. Visit the new Innovation at the Frontline webpage for inspiration or share your tips, tricks and photos to help your network.

How is your practice adapting? Share your strategies, ideas and photos to: marketing@ruralhw.com.au 

Teleheath changes due to COVID-19 are helping the bush

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Key points:

  • Due to COVID-19, telehealth patients are now eligible to receive Medicare rebates
  • The changes to the telehealth scheme are due to be reviewed in September

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit Australia, telehealth was a vital but complicated way for rural patients to access required medical care.

The Karumba Health Clinic’s director of nursing, Hannah Dawes, said for her patients in the lower Gulf region of north west Queensland, the relaxation of requirements to see a doctor via telehealth had been incredibly important.

“We can now do telehealth where they don’t have those three face-to-face visits, and there has been a loosening of restrictions around the Medicare billing.

“We have had patients who have actually had follow-ups that they would have just cancelled.”

Ms Dawes said she did not think it would be in the patient’s best interest if the teleheath provisions reverted to the pre-COVID-19 arrangements.

The changes to telehealth are due to be reviewed in September, and Ms Dawes said she would like to see the Medicare eligibility stay.

New wave practising

Rural Doctors Association of Australia CEO Peta Rutherford said most GP orgainsations were “pushing” for reform around telehealth.

Michael Marthick, the founder and managing director of Care Connected, a virtual allied health clinic, said telehealth was “new wave practising”.

“I think maintaining telehealth rebates from Medicare and private health insurers after September is key,” he said.

“We need wider access to chronic disease management, and really an evolution in teleheath.

“I think if more GPs get on-board with telehealth, and other health professionals including physical therapists, psychologists, a range of mental health service providers, we’re really seeing a shift in how health care can be provided.”

Read the article here.

City of Busselton COVID-19 Business Support Program

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The City has implemented a Business Support Program which provides “quick response” grants to impacted City of Busselton businesses. The grants are focused on business sustainability with two grant programs on offer:

Small Business Support Grants of up to $5,000 per applicant as a one-off grant. The total pool of grant funds available is $75,000. This program will fund initiatives such as:

• Website design, development including e-commerce platforms
• Digital marketing and promotion
• Advertising and marketing campaigns directly in response to COVID-19
• Business strategy creation for taking business online and/or supporting business partnerships solutions.

Economic and / or Community Development Support Grants are available to businesses, industry associations, not-for–profit and community support organisations to help them adapt where possible to a different operating environment. These grants are for projects up $25,000 per applicant and a total grant pool of $85,000 is available.

Applications for the Business Support Program are open until 30 June 2020.

Click here for more more information on these grants: https://www.busselton.wa.gov.au/Developing-Busselton/Economic-and-Business-Development/City-of-Busselton-COVID-19-Support-Program