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Max Broadley, Manager of Community Services at Otway Health and Community Services – in the Otway Ranges on the South Coast of South Western Victoria.

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The hospital is a MPS, which means it has multiple service divisions. Within the organisation exist Acute Beds, High Care Aged Care, Low Care Aged Care, Catering Department, Primary Care Team, Community Care Team (HACC), 3 Neighbourhood Houses, Child Care Centre, Youth Team and Opportunity Shop. The catchment is a forested mountain range of multiple small townships, a total population over the area of just under 4000 (not including tourists). The location is beautiful. Set in Apollo Bay on the coast.


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My name is Max Broadley; I am the Manager of Community Services at Otway Health and Community Services – in the Otway Ranges on the South Coast of South Western Victoria.

As we are a public health institution, the mainstay of our customer base is aged 60 years and above. This correlates with statistics of the area also, where there is a higher proportion aged 65 years and above. The township of Apollo Bay is a mixture of old farming community, old fisheries community, retirees, and sea changers. There is a younger population, and they mainly work in the tourist driven economy, as tradesmen, or within the DSE

The challenges Otway Health face in getting support is location, location, location. Our practice is a difficult one hour journey to the nearest regional centre. To get here you need to traverse a mountain range, so, not an attractive locum option. Also, private business is busy in the regional centres, and practitioners are busy servicing their local community. As we are regional/rural, there is not a great depth of practitioners to choose from. So all in all, that represents a risk to the service on which people come to rely for regular and routine care. As well as these barriers, cost is also a barrier. If we did not partner with NAHRLS and we attracted a locum from another source, it is likely that the accommodation and travel costs incurred would become an Otway Health liability as part of the locum package. Lastly, as NAHRLS is an organisation, the administrative support in sourcing a locum is great. I first heard about NAHRLS via my regional Department of Health contact and found my experience using NAHRLS was easy. The staff were really easy to deal with. I jumped on the phone, made a few enquiries, and within a couple of follow up emails it was all set. There were no commissions or fees, we only pay the hourly rate of the practitioner (plus super). NAHRLS invoice us for this, so all I do is process the invoice for payment. It couldn’t be easier! We have used support from NAHRLS on a number of occasions. This has been to cover annual leave, professional development leave, study leave, and long service leave. It is great for the community to have different practitioners come through. It is also great for the wider staff team. All practitioners have their specialist areas or strong areas of practice. Michael Davis (NAHRLS locum) for example, worked a lot in the hospital system, and so when he was treating patients in the Aged Care facility he brought all of that experience to bear. That kind of confidence and

We have used support from NAHRLS on a number of occasions. This has been to cover annual leave, professional development leave, study leave, and long service leave.

(Department of Sustainability and Environment). The workforce of Otway Health and Community Services is just under 100, so it represents a good portion of the community.

aptitude also has a positive effect on the nurses and pca’s with whom he shared care. Given that the locums that we have had from NAHRLS have been experienced professionals, the orientation to this environment was minimal. A set of keys, a quick rundown on the patient management system, and a run sheet of bookings, was really all it took. And the locums really enjoyed their time at Otway Health.

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A few of the attendees of the Wound Care Workshop held in Wagga Wagga

Australian College of Nursing & AH&MRC Adapting workshops for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) Chronic Disease Program worked closely with the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) to create a tailored educational program for staff working in the chronic disease field within Aboriginal communities in NSW. The AH&MRC is the peak representative body and voice on health for Aboriginal communities in NSW. The AH&MRC represents it’s members, the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), who deliver culturally appropriate comprehensive primary health care to communities throughout NSW. ACN is a key nursing professional organisation and the 10

provider of specialist postgraduate and continuing education programs for nurses and health professionals across Australia. Through its Customised Education and Consultative Service (CECS), ACN creates tailored, onsite learning programs. ACN’s clinical courses are codeveloped with industry partners, focusing on career progression for participants. The workshops jointly created with AH&MRC and delivered by ACN, were very flexible, to allow local relevance to the regional locations where training was being held, and were designed so that participants could attend just one of the days of training. During February and March 2013, workshops made up of six hours of chronic wound care training and three hours of infection prevention and

control training, were delivered across four locations in NSW: Wagga Wagga, Walgett, Ballina and Newcastle. The Nurse Educator with ACN’s Professional Education Services (PES) team helped prepare each workshop by organising and attending a teleconference with each trainer and a member of the AH&MRC Chronic Disease team. This was a successful process, allowing for each organisation involved in the delivery of the training to clarify their role, needs and expectations. ACN also worked closely with the AH&MRC throughout the workshops, providing updates on tips learnt from previous workshops and briefings after each workshop. Before attending the workshops, potential attendees were asked to complete five questions about their specific learning needs, plus what wound products they used at their location and the types of wounds commonly seen in their service. The types of wound products varied by location, which highlighted the need to gain this information before training commenced. Adapting workshops specifically for staff at each location meant that benefits extended beyond increasing access to training and decreasing the time spent away from the clinic. The adapted workshops were very successful, with two of the workshops reaching full capacity. Some 61 health professionals completed the chronic wound care workshop, while 56 attended the infection prevention and control workshop. Attendees came from 19 different ACCHS across NSW, and eight Clinical Nurse Consultants/ Educators shared their knowledge. With new partnerships formed and improved sharing of information, further courses in wound care products are being tailored so they are even more widely accessible to the ACCHS sector.

Practitioner Regulation Agency, which enables them to apply to be an Aboriginal Health Practitioner, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Practitioner or Torres Strait Islander Practitioner. This has resulted in more Aboriginal Health Workers seeking training that contributes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours to keep, or work towards, these newly defined positions. CPD hours were applied to the training. This was the first time the AH&MRC Chronic Disease Program trialled allocating CPD hours to the annual regional training workshops. The AH&MRC conducted evaluations in addition to the ACN evaluations and the results indicated that CPD hours were an attractive feature for attendees. The AH&MRC will look to apply CPD hours to other elements of the program in the future. From an organisers point of view, and from the feedback received from ACCHS participants, working together to adapt workshops and learning activities was a very positive experience for all involved and highlighted the benefit of being honest and open when working together. A special ‘thank you’ goes to Gim Gim Pua, ACN Nurse Educator, and the eight trainers for making these workshops such a success! For information on tailoring education courses, please contact the ACN CECS team by emailing If you have any questions in relation to the AH&MRC annual regional chronic disease workshops please email the team at or visit the AH&MRC website

The existing ACN course in wound care was adapted for trainees because many in the intended audience did not come from hospital-based workplaces and their patients are mainly Aboriginal people. Nurses were invited to attend, as well as other health professionals, including Aboriginal Health Workers, GP Registrars and Dental Assistants. In July 2012, Aboriginal Health Workers gained a new status as a unique workforce under the Australian Health 11


Dr Mary Casey of the Casey Centre The benefits of education in a simulated environment learning theory is through experiential learning and I have witnessed this first hand with our students. I have also noticed a far higher level of knowledge retention when adults learn through experience opposed to standard classroom education whereby they only get to listen and hear how it is. Whether it is community or hospital based, simulated training is a combination of assessment and clinical decision-making through communication, hands-on, teamwork and management to care for the patient.

Dr Mary Casey of the Casey Centre

At Casey College, students are taught in a simulated environment and for a portion of the lesson learn what it’s like to be a patient. This method of simulation provides perspective on the patient’s needs.

Simulated training is an educational concept that all nursing and allied health colleges should be offering students. Teaching multiple objectives in a ‘real life’ environment can grow confidence, encourage knowledge retention and be highly beneficial for the student, employer and patient.

At Casey College, students are taught in a simulated environment and for a portion of the lesson learn what it’s like to be a patient. This method of simulation provides perspective on the patient’s needs. When the student is immobilised by being in a wheelchair for a period of time, they quickly develop an understanding not only for the patient’s physical needs but also for their frustrations. It is at this point that students see the bigger picture and suddenly what they’ve learned in the classroom clicks into place.

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This confidence grows when students are exposed to real life situations and this training positively impacts an individual’s skillset as well as boosts professionalism in their career as a nurse or allied health worker. It’s true that we learn by our mistakes and in healthcare it is important that these mistakes happen before working with a patient. Debriefing is an essential part of simulated training as this is where areas that require growth can be highlighted and praise on positive skill can be given. This training environment provides the benefit of consistent, constant, and immediate feedback. If the simulation is designed to offer feedback at various points throughout the timeline, participants can take the feedback, make corrections, and move forward. Feedback can be personalised and in some cases the instructor may choose to film the student to show them directly what they need to be working on. In teamwork, students feed off the debriefing that other students receive and when an individual witnesses another making a mistake, they too learn from it. This also applies to when an individual does something well, they then lead by example and more often than not, the others follow. At Casey College, I have also witnessed students who may fly under the radar when it comes to the theory aspect of the course. These students may be mothers who have been out of work for over a decade and putting pen to paper is something that they have been out of practice with for a longtime. Their life experience however makes them soar through the practical sections of the program by showcasing their life skill and understanding for a patient. Providing a balanced program allows students to shine in their strongest area.

When working in health, you’re responsible for the wellbeing of your patient and therefore confidence in your ability is a must. You’re required to feel at ease with the method and technique that you’re using and the patient must trust that you know exactly what you’re doing.

wellbeing of your patient and therefore confidence in your ability is a must. You’re required to feel at ease with the method and technique that you’re using and the patient must trust that you know exactly what you’re doing.

Progressing from education to the workplace is far less daunting when the student has worked hands on in the past. In addition to knowing how to perform tasks, the new employee also has a sense of how long each task should take and the expectations that they have to meet. A student who has graduated from a program with this form of training is far more likely to be picked up by an employer than someone with next to no experience with patients. These students will be able to approach patients straight out of college and the learning curve is less likely than someone who has not had hands on training. While simulated training is talked about widely in the media today, it’s not something new. Learning through experience is taught to us from the day we begin kindergarten therefore there is no logical reason why this too shouldn’t be part of our adult teaching programs. I encourage all education facilities to consider this option.

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A well-designed simulation can also be an enjoyable and exciting experience for both the participants and the instructor. When students are enjoying what they do, they retain more information and have a far better application of knowledge. Instructors also feed off the positive energy in the classroom and therefore provide a more upbeat and fun way of learning. 13


Australian Nursing Federation Your FREE Professional Development Portfolio online The Australian Nursing Federation’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) website not only offers Nurses and Midwives over 30 best practice topics, it provides ANF, QNU and NSWNMA members with a FREE Professional Development Portfolio online. The portfolio is NMBA compliant with areas to enter your learning need and outcome. The website automatically generates the remaining fields for you once you have completed the assessment for each tutorial. These fields include the date the assessment took place, a brief description of the content of the learning, your assessment score and the hours allocated to the tutorial. There is also provision to add in CPD attended outside of the CPE 14

website such as attending in-services, conferences, workshops or the reading of relevant journals and articles. This ensures you have a comprehensive and live portfolio that can be printed at any time. The ANF’s other two education websites also offer a record of the learning undertaken on the websites and can be printed. You can choose to use these records or transfer the content to your CPE portfolio so all your learning is safely in one place and easy to access from any computer or mobile device anywhere in the world. The CPE website currently provides members with five FREE tutorials including two new Telehealth tutorials. Tutorial 1 is an introduction to Telehealth, and Tutorial 2

discusses Medicare eligibility. The Telehealth tutorials are the first two of a nine part course. Telehealth is the practice of Nursing and Midwifery from a distance, using information and telecommunication technology. Telehealth consultations have been taking place in Australia for the past decade or more. Recently, Telehealth has gained momentum due to Australian Government funding with the aim that it will be part of mainstream healthcare. In particular, Telehealth is intended to improve access to health and aged care for people in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia. This is an exciting time to be involved in Telehealth and we welcome you to join us. Soon to join the growing list of available topics on the ANF CPE website are: Seizure Recognition in Nursing Practice, Arterial Blood Gases, the Decision Making Framework, Personality Disorders: a general overview and new diagnostic criteria, and Nursing Management of the Patient Following Thyroid Surgery. The other education websites the ANF provides, the Aged Care Training Room and the Clinical Simulations Online, have both been upgraded to include some new features and to make using the websites even simpler. Through the three ANF online education websites, the ANF provides you with all your CPD needs ensuring you have access to best practice education material in Nursing and Midwifery and to assist you to easily and affordably acquire your CPD requirements for continued registration each year.

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Vanessa Latham pictured at RFDS Open Day at Bankstown Airport showing a young Open Day attendee how art therapy is used as part of RFDS Mental Health programs.

Royal Flying Doctor Service Providing mental health support to remote communities For Vanessa Latham it is the endless outback skies, the vast horizons and the quality of the people scattered across remote stations and towns that makes her job so special. Now in her second year with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), the 29-year-old mental health nurse spends on average three days a week flying from Broken Hill to some of Australia’s most isolated centres. These include Tibooburra, 1,180 km from Sydney in the states far northwest; Ivanhoe, south of Broken Hill; and the iconic Innamincka station on the banks of the Cooper Creek in South Australia.

Vanessa grew up in Byron Bay and was previously working in the acute psychiatry unit at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. As a student, she had a placement at Broken Hill Base Hospital and was asked to accompany a patient transfer to Adelaide with the RFDS. During this transfer flight, she discovered that the RFDS offered a range of primary healthcare services, including mental health care. “It stayed in my mind as something I would like to do,” she recalls. “One day I decided to give them a call and it all began from there.” Vanessa commenced work with the RFDS in January last


year and says she has fallen in love with Broken Hill, where the South Eastern Section has its headquarters.

Vanessa has recently become part of a team which has brought a parenting program to isolated communities.

“There’s something special about this place, and the people out here,” she says.

“Because many of the children attend the School of the Air, parents can miss out on contact with other families and the opportunity to observe children in a group.”

“They go beyond friendly. Even the smallest encounters, such as bumping into people in the street or buying something at the shop. Never have I experienced such an eclectic mix of people around the dinner table. People have time out here. Interactions are more personable. It’s why I love this town.” Vanessa is part of the RFDS’ allied health team, which makes regular visits to approximately 18 remote towns and stations in far west New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. Vanessa says the success of the RFDS’ mental health program is due to its integration into local communities. “In addition to our daily ‘clinic’ service, we’ll sometimes spend the night in towns and attend community events like gymkhanas and festivals, where we will set up stalls to raise awareness about mental health, conduct health checks and introduce ourselves to everyone. This way if people require mental health support in the future, they will already be familiar with who we are and how we can help. “In the evening we will run wellbeing and trivia nights or put on a barbeque. It’s a unique job and there’s a lot we can do with it.” Vanessa says there is a pretty positive approach to mental health among many of the people she sees.

This parenting program allows the opportunity for families within the community to group and network. Another initiative was the ‘Pay it Forward’ project in Tibooburra. The locals were given cards and when they helped someone out they ticked the card and passed it on to that person. The idea was when that person did something kind for someone else, they also ticked the card and passed it on. “I’ve seen cards going around town with numerous ticks. That’s a lot of good deeds and it’s great for the community.” Vanessa says in a relatively short amount of time she has become connected to many of the people in many of the communities she visits. “I always knew there was something special about this place and I kind of knew when I arrived I would be here for a long time. “I want to give this job a really good go. It’s taken hard work and almost a year to build rapport with people in some of the more remote places and for that reason alone, I have no plans to leave.”

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“I’ve been quite impressed with the number of people accessing our service. Many people come to discuss common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, while others see us as someone neutral to talk to. Outback towns can be small places and people can use me to vent privately. “I fly away at the end of the day and people feel reassured by that.” Isolation can bring its own challenges for locals, however. 17

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Up-coming Courses and Conferences Queensland Emotional Resilience Training for Nurses Banyo Library, 284 St Vincent’s Rd, Banyo 31 May 2013, 8.30am - 4.30pm Investment: Just $229 • • • • •

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Professional Development, as per The College of Nursing CPD Program. What is behind the Emergency Department (ED) bottle neck? This conference will examine innovative models for improving waiting times, and access block with an emphasis on safe, quality of care. This conference will address: • The health system that creates an eD pressure • Meeting national health quality and safety standards by strengthening safe, quality service delivery • Balancing the Neat with the National elective surgery target priorities (NEST) • Utilising accurate data to measure performance improvement and drive change

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Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, VIC 18 - 23 May 2013 The ICN 25th Quadrennial Congress will bring together evidence, experience and innovations highlighting the critical importance of equity and access to health care for communities and individuals, demonstrating how nurses are key to ensuring equal access and quality of health care for all. The Congress will provide a global platform for the dissemination of nursing knowledge and leadership across specialities, cultures and countries via the ICN scientific programme, featuring keynote and main session invited speakers as well as a wide range of concurrent sessions including dynamic papers accepted through our highly competitive abstract selection process.

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Mater Health Services is proud to offer another exceptional professional development event, delivering an innovative education and leadership toolkit for health professionals. We offer a valuable opportunity to review a broad range of leadership and learning strategies and consider innovative work practices relevant to health. A range of our engaging presenters within the following topics include: Leadership Prof Patrick McGorry Executive Director of Clinical Services, Orygen Youth Health Victoria and Professor of Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne

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* Serves 2 Method: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 34

Add all the ingredients (except for yoghurt and chia seeds) into a tumbler. Use a stick blender to blend until smooth and creamy. Then, transfer the smoothie to 2 glasses. Dollop each glass of smoothie with 1 tsp of yoghurt. Lastly, sprinkle chia seeds, about 1/2 tsp on each glass. Serve immediately.

1/4 of honeydew melon, skin removed & diced 1 whole pear, cored & diced 1/2 banana, peeled & sliced 1 cup baby spinach 1 cup milk (low fat or soy) 2 tsp low fat yoghurt 1 tsp chia seeds

One Pan Rice Stick Noodles What you will need: • • • • • • • • • • •

Cooking oil 2-3 eshallots/ French shallots, thinly sliced 3 cloves of garlic 2 tbsps light soy sauce 4 cups of hot boiling water 2 tbsps kecap manis (Indonesian Sweet Soy Sauce) 1/2 tsp sesame oil Salt to taste ( I added 1 tsp of salt) A couple of dashes of ground white pepper 454g dried rice stick noodles 150g bean sprouts

* Serves 4 - 5

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To make caramelised onions: Add cooking oil (enough to cover the onions) and sliced shallots in a large pan and sauté over low-medium heat until golden brown. Drain as much oil as you can and transfer the caramelised onion onto a plate lined with absorbent paper (kitchen towel) to get rid of the excess oil. In the same pan, sauté garlic over low heat until aromatic. Note: As there’s some oil (from caramelising the French onions) remains in the pan, there’s no need to add more oil. Add soy sauce and allow it to sizzle for about 5 seconds in the pan. Add 4 cups of boiling water, salt, sesame oil, white pepper and kecap manis. Stir to combine and wait until the “broth” starts to boil. When the broth is bubbling, add the dried rice stick noodles. Using tong/chopsticks, toss the noodles around in the broth until all are absorb evenly. When the noodles are almost cooked, add bean sprouts and toss evenly with the noodles. Sprinkle with caramelised onions before serving.

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The Health Scoop - Issue 8: Nursing  

Welcome to Issue 8 of The Health Scoop magazine featuring Nursing...