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We are in the run for the Midwest Business Execellence Awards to be announed in June!!

 
 
  • We Won!! Mid West Business Excellence Awards

    The social and economic value that our student programs bring to our local communitites was recently recognised during this year's Business Awards. The Award is testament of WACRH's innovative and immersive placement, and is a credit to the Centre's Education Team for their passion and creativity.
  • Be part of our Aboriginal Health Working Group

    We are seeking interest from Aboriginal people to be part of our working group. We want to ensure Aboriginal people are empowered partners who contribute to research that meets local and national health priorities and needs. We also hope that the working group will increase research ownership by the Aboriginal community and ensure research findings get to the right people to make a difference. Applications close on the 30th of June. Read More
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    Have you lived in a rural or remote part of Australia? Are you an Allied Health Professional? Are you thinking of studying an Allied Health course? Scholarships are available for study in 2016 Read More
  • Better Heart Health

    Our team, in partnership with UWA and the WA Heart Foundation has recently released one of the most comprehensive reports that aims to further narrow the gap between rates of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heart disease deaths. Read More
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Missing Voices

Difficulties with yarning, thinking straight, understanding, reading, using hand signs and communicating are common after a person has a stroke or an injury to their brain. They might have trouble talking and doing simple things like asking for a cup of tea, calling out to their family, understanding shows on television or using the telephone. These difficulties are called Acquired Communication Disorders (ACD) and can really upset a person’s life and the life of their family and community.
Aboriginal people are experiencing more strokes and brain injuries than non-Aboriginal people each year. However, Aboriginal people don’t seem to be getting the same help for ACD after a stroke or brain injury than non-Aboriginal people. We would like to find out more about why this is happening.

WACRH, UWA and Edith Cowan University are exploring the topic in a bid to improve care for Aboriginal patients who experience communication difficulties after being affected by a stroke or other traumatic brain injury.

The Missing Voices project team is made up of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers from Edith Cowan University, the University of Western Australia/Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health and Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service.
The aims of the Missing Voices project are:
 
  • To find out how many Aboriginal people in Western Australia develop an Acquired Communication Disorder (ACD) after stroke or brain injury
  • Develop a culturally appropriate screening tool that can be used by Aboriginal Health Workers, Doctors and Speech Pathologists to identify people with ACD so they don’t miss out on help and services.
  • Describe the current state of services for Aboriginal people with ACD in Western Australia.
  • Develop alternative ways of giving services and help to Aboriginal people with ACD. These services would be culturally appropriate and easy for people to access. The ideas for services will come from what Aboriginal people with ACD and their families tell us. The ideas will also come from talking with the local Aboriginal Health Workers, the Doctors and the Speech Pathologists

A screening tool will be developed with the help of Aboriginal Health Workers and Aboriginal people with ACD. This tool will help to make sure that Aboriginal people with ACD are identified. They might then be able to get some of the help they need. Right now, their voices are missing. We want to hear their stories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday
05
Aug
WACRH
Starts at: 12:30

Using Mobile Health to overcome access barriers for Cardiac Rehabilitation patients living in rural and remote areas .

Presented by Dr Sandy Hamilton

BYO lunch .

rsvp: marketing-wacrh@uwa.edu.au

Thursday
13
Aug
WACRH
Starts at: 09:30

The Rural Health Continuing Education program (RHCE2) managed by the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Health has supported 119 CPD projects over the last 5 years.

There will be a roundtable in Geraldton on 13 August (9.30-4.00pm) to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about:  

       the benefits of multidisciplinary teams, collaborative partnerships and interprofessional learning,

        a range of online self-paced, flexible training programs and tools developed in the RHCE2 program;

        new models and innovative approaches to delivering CPD; and how completed RHCE2 projects and might be adapted to local areas. 

Register by sending your full contact details and any special dietary or other requirements to: conference@ruralhealth.org.au

Further information: wendy@ruralhealth.org.auor WACRH 08 9956 0200

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Friday
14
Aug
Starts at: 12:30

‘Confronting uncomfortable truths: a look beneath the surface to explore university student engagement with Aboriginal content and learning’

Presentation to be made by:
Rosalie Thackrah
Rosalie  has postgraduate qualifications in Anthropology and Education from the University of Western Australia.

Together with two colleagues, she was awarded the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's 2010 Neville Bonner Award for Excellence in Indigenous Education.

Attendance is free

Tuesday
18
Aug
WACRH
Starts at: 08:30

this workshop is presented by the WA Dementia Training Study Centre at Curtin University.

It is for health professionals to learn how to administer and score a test for identifying abilities of someone living with dementia.

to register vcontact: Lynda Durack on 92661831

or email:  l.durack@curtin.edu.au

 

Wednesday
19
Aug
WACRH
Starts at: 12:30

Review of existing literature surrounding innovative models addressing palliative care needs for Indigenous people

Presented by Shaouli Shahid

BYO lunch .

rsvp: marketing-wacrh@uwa.edu.au