CARPA has continued with formal support for the Uluru statement through an advocacy group 1 Voice Uluru (https://www.1voiceuluru.org/), who encouraged us to express our support for the Uluru Statement to the Senate Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy.
CARPA developed a 10 minute video describing the cold chain which ensures that vaccines are delivered to remote clinics in optimal condition. A grant from Northern Territory Primary Health Network enabled us to do this, and the video is available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/338754911.
CARPA has sponsored important national rural health conferences, as venues for promoting the manuals to multi-disciplinary rural health care providers and attracting new members and contributors to the manuals.
- National Rural Health Alliance Conference: ‘Better Together’: Hobart, 24-27th March 2019
- Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT Conference: ‘Our Health, Our Way’, Alice Springs, 6-8th August 2019
- The Network: Towards Unity for Health Conference: ‘Social Accountability: From Evidence to Action’: Darwin, 10-13th Sept 2019
- CRANAplus conference, ‘Embracing diversity to build stronger connections’: Hunter Valley NSW. 18-20 September 2019.
- NATSIHWA Conference: ‘A Decade of Footprints, Driving Recognition’: Alice Springs, 9-10th Oct 2019
CARPA shared a stall with Flinders NT at the National Rural Health Alliance Conference in Hobart from the 24th to 27th March 2019.
A suite of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals was donated as a raffle prize.
Several CARPA members attended the conference. Member Annie Farthing presented the prize to a very thrilled medical student from Darwin; Asim Razi.
CARPA was proud to be invited to collaborate with RAHC in the development of a new learning module “Introduction to Remote Nursing Scope of Practice”.
This short interactive thirty minute course, provides a framework for nurses to clarify what is and isn’t in their scope of practice. Scope of practice is individual to all clinicians – it varies according to training and experience.
It is also impacted by legislation, policies and practices.
Please spread the word among your colleagues, encourage them to take 30 minutes out of their day and complete this module from learn.rahc.com.au
CARPA donated a quantity of historical documents relating to the association to the NT archives. NT archives also agreed to hold a set of CARPA manuals due to their importance to health care in remote Australia.
Thanks to member generosity, a full set of all editions of the CARPA Standard Treatment Manuals, Minymaku Kutju Tjukurpa Women’s Business Manual, CRANA+ Clinical Procedure Manuals, Medicines book for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and the reference book were sourced and are now held at NT Archives.
In May 2017 the ‘First Nations National Constitutional Convention’ was held at Uluru. Two hundred and fifty invited delegates met over four days, to discuss and agree on an approach to constitutional reform, to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Their resolutions were recorded in the ‘Uluru Statement from the Heart.’
With overwhelming support from its membership CARPA as an association signed up to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart. CARPA shows its support in various ways including:
- signing onto the Uluru Voice webpage; https://www.1voiceuluru.org
- displaying on our webpage and other documentation, support for the resolutions of the Uluru statement
- contributing to submissions and inquires that progress the aims of the Uluru Statement (such as senate joint select committee’s and other public inquires) or as signatories to petitions
CARPA launched the 2017 RPHCM manual suite at the CRANAplus conference in Broome in October 2017 .
CARPA sponsored a morning tea at the Chronic disease conference in Darwin in September 2017. This sponsorship was undertaken as part of our mission to contribute towards a culturally-safe, well-supported and reflective multi-disciplinary remote workforce. Conferences provide opportunities for health professionals to learn and develop both professionally and personally. Sponsorship is crucial to the ongoing sustainability of conferences. Sponsoring a morning tea meant the CARPA name and website was visible to delegates throughput the conference and helps maintain our profile.
Articles promoting the RPHCM were distributed to various newsletters across the NT. We are also appreciative of AMSANT who facilitate an ongoing series of educational teleconferences updating users around significant changes in the RPHCM.
CARPA supported the CRANAplus 2017 conference with a booth at the 2017 CRANA+ conference to promote the Orientation to Remote Primary Health Care Manuals educational video. This freely available video informs users about the focus of each manual and how to best use the full suite.
Visit the link: https://www.remotephcmanuals.com.au/home.html
Member Lyn Byers on behalf of CARPA responded to an invitation to give an oral presentation to the Rural Mental health services senate inquiry.
This highlighted the need for more equitable distribution of mental health care providers, and quality mental health care provision by all primary health care providers.
The final report including submission can be accessed at: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/MentalHealthServices