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Showcasing Wimmera, Mallee & Grampians Region Best Practices & Innovations in Health

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As part of their 125 year celebrations, our long term client Rural Northwest Health is hosting a one day forum on 21 March 2016 at the Warracknabeal Campus, showcasing 20 Best Practice and Practice Innovations from health services across the Wimmera Mallee and Grampians region.

What an achievement, congratulations Rural Northwest Health, and what a way to celebrate!

Representatives from nine organisations will be presenting across the day (Rural Northwest Health, West Wimmera Health Service, Dunmunkle Health Service, Hepburn Health Service, Ballarat Health Services, Wimmera Health Care Group, La Trobe University, Deakin University and us, LearnPRN (we provide all your Health CPD needs!)). Presentations will cover a broad range of topics including: clinical practice, care models, consumer engagement and community health innovations.

We are excited to be a part of the celebrations through our relationship with Rural Northwest Health. We have worked with Rural Northwest Health for six years providing face to face and eLearning education as well as education administration and research support. Two of the forum presentations involve our own nurse educator Dr Kaye Knight, who presented as part of the Rural Northwest Health team at the Annual LeadingAge conference in Nashville 2014 and Boston 2015. These conferences are big. The Boston conference had over 7,000 delegates and, 500 presenters from 300 organisations from across the globe. A small rural health service from Australia – Rural Northwest Health – held it’s own and did the region and rural Australia proud. This may surprise some of you, but what the team discovered is that innovation can come from the most unexpected places. The 90 minute interactive workshops conducted at both Nashville and Boston were very well received and have generated follow up interest from Australia and overseas. The two teams are reforming and both workshops will be featured at the Regional Best Practice and Innovations forum.

We are not sure if it is the isolation, the ‘salt of the earth’ spirit, or a bit of both, that drives such an innovative approach, but this forum highlights what can be achieved through pragmatism and a ‘can do’ attitude as the region’s health services find ways to enhance health care quality and access for their local communities. It is this kind of spirit that makes working in rural areas so exciting and rewarding. Big things can happen anywhere.

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