Applications to join the newly formed CATSINaM Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)
If you are a pre-registration student, early career nurse or midwife or post-registration student, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain experience of working with our leaders in nursing and midwifery, be mentored by the CATSINaM CEO and Board Directors, develop knowledge of governance, and contribute your ideas for the development of our professions
CATSINaM is calling for expressions of interest from CATSINaM members who are current pre-registration students, or, new graduates of Nursing and/or Midwifery at an Australian University, Registered Training Organisation or TAFE within the last five years, or nurses or midwives currently enrolled in postgraduate studies to join the CATSINaM Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC)
This committee meets at least four times a year, including face-to-face at the annual CATSINaM conference. The purpose of the committee is to:
to build leadership and governance capacity, by assisting nursing and midwifery students and recent graduates in gaining leadership skills and experience.
Give students and early career nurses and midwives a greater voice in decision making roles within CATSINaM and the nursing and midwifery sectors
Provide an opportunity for students and early career nurses and midwives to actively participate in and lead CATSINaM initiatives.
The committee’s responsibilities include:
Advise the CATSINaM Board on issues and strategies affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students, early career nurses and midwives and postgraduate students
Provide advice on the issues, challenges and successes faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing and midwifery students and early career nurses and midwives
Provide advice and assist in coordinating student and new graduate focussed initiatives at a local, strategic and national level
Share and distribute information to students, educational institutions and new graduate networks regularly
Actively participate in CATSINaM communications, marketing and promotion activities and events
Represent CATSINaM at forums, seminars, conferences, their own University (if applicable) and as required.
Operate in accordance with the organisation’s code of conduct and ethics, as well as constitution and Board policies.
If you would to apply to be on the committee, email the following information to Sarah Stewart (email@example.com) no later than COB Friday 26th April 2019:
Confirmation that you are either a student or ordinary member of CATSINaM
Confirmation of either your current student (re-registration or postgraduate) enrolment including the university, or the date you become an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or midwife
Short CV, no longer than two A4 sides
Short paragraph, no more than 300 words, explaining why you would like to be a member of the advisory committee
For full information about the committee, refer to the committee’s TOR. If you would like to discuss further, contact Sarah Stewart (02 62625761, or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Good Medicine Better Health
Good Medicines better health is being redesigned and reinvigorated
In 2010–12, a program called Good Medicines Better Health (GMBH) was designed and nationally delivered. This program was designed to help Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners (AHW/Ps) improve their knowledge about medicines, based on the principles of quality use of medicines (QUM). The program was delivered in partnership with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Heart Foundation and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA) and NPS MedicineWise. GMBH program delivered a series of training modules— a foundation module on QUM and chronic disease specific modules (QUM in asthma, hypertension and type 2 diabetes) –– to AHW/Ps.
NPS MedicineWise would like to reinvigorate the GMBH program and would like to explore how to do this with those who will use it
NPS MedicineWise would like to hold co-design workshops for RNs, ENs, Midwives and AHW/Ps in both Sydney and Darwin to explore and capture the stories and needs of AHW/Ps within these areas. We want to explore how we can develop ideas and different approaches that will better support the QUM/MT educational needs for AHW/Ps.
We had previously explored insights of AHW/Ps working within Northern Queensland Primary Health Network and health service managers at the NACCHO conference in Brisbane in 2018. We are hoping to explore further insights from other States and Territories as the redesign progresses.
Who will be involved?
We would like to recruit between 8–10 people per workshop. Across both workshops we would like a mixture of those working within urban, regional and remote areas to capture the experiences of working in a mixture of health service settings and in different States and Territories.
For those participating, we offer a $150 Coles Myer voucher to recognise their valuable feedback.
NPS has previously worked with Aboriginal woman Leeona West to co-facilitate design workshops on QUM/MT in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and will continue this partnership throughout the redesign of GMBH.
We would like to hold these workshops between April – June 2019, depending on recruitment and availability of staff. The workshops will be no longer than 4 hours.
We are hoping to partner with local community health organisations/services within the areas of Sydney and Darwin to promote and recruit workshop participants.
The workshops will also enable NPS to develop valuable partnerships with AHW/Ps in different communities that we hoped can be sustained beyond the redesign of GMBH.
Hawker Memorial Hospital is located in South Australia, approximately 365 kilometres from Adelaide. Hawker is a regional town with a population of roughly 300 residents. The hospital has eight residential aged care beds, four acute beds and an outpatient/emergency department. The medical centre is also located onsite with a general practitioner consulting three days a week and available on call for the remaining four days.
In a small rural/remote community it is almost impossible to cover all staff that go on leave as the population size lends Itself to staff shortages and difficulties in maintaining a sufficient casual staff pool. This forces rural and remote hospitals like Hawker Memorial to rely on agencies to backfill positions which can be very costly.
Bernadette Rogan is the Nurse Unit Manager at Hawker Memorial Hospital and her role is to ensure that the hospital can still provide minimal staffing 24 hours a day. The team at the hospital found a way to provide adequate staffing at all times in August 2014 when they submitted their first application for locum support with the Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP).
"It is a very good service for rural and remote communities. We have used Rural LAP several times now when our nurses go on leave and the locum nurses that come here all have a wide range of experience and are happy to work in any situation" Bernadette explained.
The Australian Government-funded locum program appeals to rural and remote hospitals and health services in many ways but most importantly it is cost effective. Bernadette said, "it is better for us to use Rural LAP as opposed to agencies as there are no fees and charges. The application process Is also very easy, and the team are always very helpful and prompt with their replies."
Rural LAP is a component of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda managed by healthcare solutions provider, Aspen Medical. The program aims to provide targeted rural and remote support services to general practitioners (obstetricians and anaesthetists), specialists (obstetricians and anaesthetists), nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia. All Aboriginal medical services throughout Australia are eligible to receive locum support.
Grace Kinsella Women's Health Memorial Scholarship - 2018 Recipient Monica Hooper
I identify as an Aboriginal woman of Arabuna and southern Arrente heritage. I have recent and current nursing experience within multiple Aboriginal medical services which include: Kambu Goodna, Kambu Goodna Mums & Bubs, IUIH Inner City Referral Service, Northgate ATSICHS, Inala Indigenous Health, and Georgina Aged Care.
I have an extensive history applying clinical skills in varied environments within multi-disciplinary teams with previous employment at Princess Alexandra Sexual Health as a Clinical Nurse with extended scope of practice in the field of sexual and reproductive health. I have completed a graduate certificate in clinical nursing specialising in chronic disease with units completed at a level of high distinction. In addition to working in specialities such as paediatrics, mental health, and primary health care. I also maintain clinical competencies in aged care and acute care nursing with a current agency nursing role that has allowed me to work in over 20 different hospital and community facilities within south east Queensland.
In addition to current full-time study and full-time nursing I also held a role as a clinical advisory panel member with The Benchmarque Group for the development of a cervical screening course. This roles entailed developing course material directed to health professionals, specifically A & TSI health workers. The cervical screening course required liaison with government funding bodies, non-government agencies and consultation with various A & TSI communities. Further to my employment for Benchmarque I now facilitate these training sessions all around Australia.
I have a varied nursing history that spans several specialities. However, my main focus is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander reproductive health. My current studies with Charles Darwin University largely focus on reproductive health and chronic disease within my current primary health care workplace of Kambu Goodna. Completing this course will enable me to have a wider scope of practice to work with my community as a specialist nurse in reproductive health. Obtaining funds to support the cost of textbooks and subscription to clinical guidelines will be of great benefit to me during study and beyond.
Monica Hooper is currently undertaking the Masters of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner which she commenced in 2018 at Charles Darwin University, with the view of becoming a Women’s Health Nurse once she finished her studies.