STI Testing in Primary Care – New online learning for WA health professionals!

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In recent years, the incidence of some STIs in Western Australia has been rising at an alarming rate. This year a syphilis outbreak has been declared in metro Perth. It’s more important than ever for Western Australian primary care providers to screen and test for STIs.
ASHM is pleased to announce a new online learning module, funded by and developed in collaboration with WA Health. Through interactive quizzes and case studies, Western Australian GPs and other health professionals can develop their skills to confidently discuss sexual health with patients, conduct guideline-based STI screening and testing, and initiate contact tracing.
The module is an accredited learning activity with RACGP and ACRRM, and a certificate of completion is available.
Start learning today at (search ‘STI Testing’)
Funded by the WA Department of Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program

South West Local Pain Collective

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Are you interested in coming together with other clinicians in your area to learn about persistent pain?
Your Local Pain Collectives is an interdisciplinary group who meet regularly to build skills in applying the latest in pain science to the clinic.
Currently meetings are run online.
The Western Australia Local Pain Collective is based in the South-West region and welcome all clinicians from around WA to come along.
For more information visit…/local-pain-collectives… or contact

Health Workforce Scholarship Program – now open!

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Applications are now open for Round 7 of the Rural Health West Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).
The HWSP provides scholarships and bursaries to help health professionals in remote and rural Australia retain and enhance their skills, capacity and scope of practice.

Warren Blackwood launch of the SWHPN

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An invitation to medical, nursing and allied health professionals to join us at the WARREN BLACKWOOD launch of the SWHPN.

Friday 18 September 2020
5.30pm for 6.00pm start

Tall Timbers
88 Giblett Street, MANJIMUP

Canapés and light refreshments provided.

The South West Health Professionals Network will provide local health, nursing and medical practitioners with a central hub to access education events and resources, local news and an opportunity to network with other health professionals in the South West.

Come and learn more about this new initiative – RSVP online at by 5.00pm on Thursday 10 September 2020.

For more information contact Sally Mueller:

T 0400 768 574


Webinar: The ORCHID Study (Optimisation of Rural Clinical and Haematological Indicators of Diabetes)

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The South West Health Research Collaborative (SWHRC) invites you to join us for a webinar on Thursday 3 September 2020 from 12pm – 1pm.

Host: Dianne Ritson, CEO, Lishman Health Foundation
Chair: Professor Gary Geelhold, Executive Director of the Western Australian Health Telehealth Translation Network (WAHTN)
Presenters: Dr Andrew Kirke and Emma Jamieson – South West Gestational Diabetes Research Team

Register here.

Due to the potential to improve birth outcomes for mothers and babies, screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), defined as high blood sugar levels first detected in pregnancy, is recommended for pregnant women. The recommended oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) is difficult to complete, requiring women to fast overnight, consume a sugar drink and have three blood tests over two hours. The ORCHID study found that despite completing other antenatal investigations, half of pregnant women from rural and remote WA did not have an OGTT, with Aboriginal women even less likely to be screened.
Hear about the findings of this study from Bunbury GP, Dr Andrew Kirke and the ORCHID study team.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The SWHRC is dedicated to maintaining contact with health professionals and investigators who have a strong interest in regional health research, including those who registered to attend the South West Health Research Forum. Please share the webinar link with your colleagues and networks.

PhD project opportunities available with WA Country Health Service

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Are you seeking a scholarship to undertake your PhD?

Do you want to lead world-class research?

Do you have an interest in rural and remote health?

Do you want to be embedded in an organisation that prioritises the wellbeing of our country communities?

Applications are now open for Research Training Program Scholarships!

For more information, please visit Curtin University website.  
Closing date: Tuesday, 1 September 2020



Professional development opportunity for health professionals in the South West

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Invitation to apply: Sponsored training opportunities with the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA)

Are you:
Employed in health care, preferably by a non-government or not for profit organisation?
Located in the South West region of WA ?
Able to attend a course at AIM WA before 31 March 2021?

Applications are now open! Closing at 5pm on 30 September 2020.

How to apply:

Visit to search the courses that are available. Some courses are excluded, as listed in the attached application form.
Complete the attached application form and forward to by 5pm on 30 September 2020.


Supported by the WA Country Health Service, Lishman Health Foundation and AIM WA Pinnacle Awards.

Busselton Blue Tree Mental Wellbeing fundraiser raffle

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Raising awareness of mental wellbeing

Strong Roots: The Busselton Blue Tree Mental Wellbeing fundraiser is a project aiming to raise awareness of mental wellbeing and reduce the stigma around mental health. The fundraiser is aligned with the Busselton community’s work to erect a symbol of hope – a blue tree. The tree will be re-engineered, painted blue and located in a highly visible spot. This will serve as a powerful conversation starter and remind people to check in with themselves and their loved ones.

The fundraising raffle will contribute funds to 3 important not for profit organisations:

  • Blue Tree Project – and their community tree painting days plus work in schools to promote awareness of the importance of mental health.
  • Shining Hope WA – who support families where there has been a suicide plus their work to fund mental health first aid training.
  • The Man Walk Community – who are combating isolation by encouraging men to get together to walk, talk and support one another.

Tickets are priced at $5 each, 2 tickets for $10, 3 tickets for $15, 4 tickets for $20, 5 tickets for $25, 10 tickets for $50, 20 tickets for $100.

1st Prize valued at $5,000: The ultimate luxury and rejuvenating trip for 4 adults to the Busselton Margaret River Region:

Enjoy luxury accommodation with a range of incredible experiences that will immerse you in the nature, food and wine of the Busselton Margaret River region of Australia’s South West. Recharge your mental and physical well being with 3 nights at the spectacular Talo House in Eagle Bay, a jewel of the Margaret River region.

Click here to buy tickets and read more about the raffle prize.

Applications now open – Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

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Applications are now open for the 2021 intake of the Graduate Certificate in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) run through the University of Western Australia (UWA).

This year the online program will be offered nationally and internationally to clinicians with a background in psychology, speech pathology, social work, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, medicine and other relevant disciplines.

The aim of the course is to provide students with the specialist knowledge and clinical skills required to participate in team-based assessment and diagnosis of FASD. You can find information about the course, as well as a link to the application, on the UWA website here.

Applications for 2021 intake close 15th October 2021. Please do not hesitate to contact, or, if you have any questions.