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  • Take the Virtual Tour

    Our virtual tour aims to enable students to walk through our on-site facilities and accommodation complex prior to commencing their placement. We hope that this tour will help our students better prepare themselves for their placement, become more confident about going rural and feel welcomed as a valued part of our team. Read More
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    Our Student Health Academy for Years 10 and 11 enables participants to experience some health professional skills over two full days during the Term. Students gain skills, such as first aid techniques, attain basic life support certification, learn suturing, sports injury management, and participate in health simulation education activities through our EdSIM centre. The Academy aims to broaden the idea of health career choices. Read More
  • Academic Research

    WACRH continues to be involved in a multitude of academic projects.
    While some aim to expand the knowledge base of rural health, and others seek to respond to the professional development needs of health professionals working in rural areas, they all work to improve the health and wellbeing of rural and remote residents.
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DISCOVER-TT

DISCOVER-TT

Investigating cancer care for Indigenous Australians 

Research Team: Winthrop Professor Sandra C Thompson, Assistant Professor Shaouli Shahid

The Need

Project foundations for DISCOVER-TT originate from findings revealed from research commenced in 2005.  Initial research, undertaken by Dr Shahid, explored the beliefs and understanding of Aboriginal people about cancer and their experiences with cancer services in WA.

The Objectives

DISCOVER-TT aims to:

  • Build an evidence base through innovative, high-quality, priority-driven, applied health services research to reduce the marked disparities in the treatment and survival for Indigenous Australians with cancer.
  • Improve the quality of life of Indigenous Australians with cancer through strategic focus on health systems performance in the area of cancer and palliative care services.
  • Investigate improved models of care and service delivery to identify those that best suit the needs of Indigenous Australians.
 Project layout

The project was created under a Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) due to its enormity and vast required amount of research.  The overall CRE is led by Menzies School of Health Research’s Aboriginal researcher, Associate Professor Gail Garvey. In collaboration, with Menzies and many other national and international organisations, WACRH drives 3 of the 8 project components:

Distinctive cancer care requirements of Indigenous cancer patients: Indigenous cancer patients have reported multiple substantial barriers to accessing and completing cancer treatment. This project works to identify the distinctive features of Indigenous cancer patients related to their preferences for cancer treatment and support frameworks. Other elements of DISCOVER-TT include identifying improvements for existing cancer care services, and useful training and support activities for service providers to name a few.

The end of life and palliative care service utilisation among Indigenous cancer patients: Many Indigenous patients live in rural and remote communities where access to palliative care services is limited. This research investigates the impact of remoteness, accessibility and availability on patients’ use of cancer care services and how this, in turn, affects their “end of life” quality of life.

Innovations in cancer services to improve outcomes in Indigenous cancer patients: This project will comprehensively assess current service models and their level of effectiveness in the delivery of cancer care to Indigenous Australians. Barriers, as well as facilitators to successful program implementation will also be identified. Distinctive care needs of Indigenous cancer patients will be taken into account and investigated to determine required improvements to service delivery, including alternative service delivery models such as telehealth and outreach services.

The WACRH team will also be working closely with the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Health, to progress a fourth component of the DISCOVER-TT project:

The role of Indigenous cancer survivors in improving cancer awareness and outcomes for Indigenous cancer patients:  Cancer survivors have undertaken organised activities to improve cancer services in many ways, including lobbying and fund-raising, raising awareness, and supporting other patients and families, demonstrating ‘peer support’ as an important element to people affected by cancer. Indigenous survivors do not (this may currently be changing) have the same history of organisation or capacity to volunteer formally. This project will inform the content, nature, and mode of delivery of quality supportive care programs for Indigenous cancer survivors.

Project Benefit

In addition to all targeted project outcomes described above, this project builds on and extends previous works on cancer in Indigenous Australians, and brings together key researchers, practitioners, and consumer advocacy groups from across Australia.  It aims to actively promote the translation of research knowledge into Australian public health policy and practice, and train a new generation of researchers in Indigenous cancer control.

Funding was provided by the National Health and Medical Research’s Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence DISCOVER-TT, Cancer Councils of NSW and WA, Ca-CINDA

 

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Upcoming Events

Monday
02
Feb
WACRH
Starts at: 08:30

 

Mental Health First aid presented by Kate Rickerby.

www.yellowribbonmidwest.org.au

 

Monday
02
Feb
WACRH
Starts at: 09:00

 

Orientation for WACRH Speech students

Thursday
05
Feb
WACRH
Starts at: 14:00

Registered Medical Officers Simulation Session

Contact: Jodi Ullrich

Wednesday
11
Feb
WACRH
Starts at: 08:30

Central West Mental Health are presenting a 2 day workshop.

Gatekeepers suicide workshop aims to equip professional attendees with the skills to identify warning signs of suicidal behavior and refer on appropriately.

Contact Tony Higginson at CWMH 99561999

 

Thursday
12
Feb
WACRH
Starts at: 10:30

WACRH & GMML are working together to continue presenting a series of workshops designed specifically for those working in Aged Care. There workshops are free to attend.

Audiology/Hearing Assessment will be presented by Michelle Soares- Mendes form Hearing West.