Rural Health Conference
24 March – 27 March 2019
Interested in the health and wellbeing of rural or remote Australia?
This is the conference for you.
In March 2019 the rural health sector will gather in Hobart for the 15th National Rural Conference. Every two years we meet to learn, listen and share ideas about how to improve health outcomes in rural and remote Australia.
Proudly managed by the National Rural Health Alliance, the Conference has a well-earned reputation as Australia’s premier rural health event. Not just for health professionals, the Conference recognises the critical roles that education, regional development and infrastructure play in determining health outcomes, and we welcome people working across a wide variety of industries.
WA Primary Health Alliance Regional Manager, Lesley Pearson and WA Country Health Service Senior Project Officer, Aged Care, Christine Hunter will be presenting on Day 4 of the conference:
Partners in Health to E-Learning Module Development in Rural and Remote WA.
Abstract: WA Country Health Service (WACHS) is a key stakeholder of aged and community services for older people across regional, rural and remote communities in WA and is the most complex and geographically dispersed health service in the world. WACHS provides an array of community care and aged care services including managing more than 600 aged care bed.
These rural and remote challenges are shared by both WAPHA and WACHS in WA where services are planned and delivered to a diverse and sprawling population with widely varying health needs. Contemporary and innovative services are required to ensure older people living in country WA receive the care they need, when they need it, in ways that are user friendly, sustainable and of a high quality.
There are also specific challenges associated with greater numbers of people living to an older age and who have a desire to live in place. Higher levels of physical frailty and/or mental health conditions associated with longer life expectancy require a more responsive approach to a complex range and higher intensity of health and aged care services. This places a significant pressure on the aged care workforce that is servicing communities with moderate to low volumes where virtual support in their service delivery and capacity building is challenged. An ageing population changes both the mix and volume of services required within these communities.
Supporting and facilitating learning programs that enable the development and maintenance of skills and competencies is a key focus of both organisations whose aim is to ensure retention of a skilled workforce that aligns with service needs. The need to partner between WACHS and WAPHA in innovative workforce development became apparent when limited access to training was identified as a gap in 2017 for Aged Care Unregulated Health Workers (UHW) in the assistance of medication administration to the community and in the residential aged care sector.
This ‘Partners in Health’ presentation is about a collaborative relationship between the commissioned funder, WAPHA, and the user expert WACHS.
This presentation explores:
- how a learning gap in aged care became evident and the subsequent call to action from the two agencies to address this;
- where collective impact of such a partnership resulted in the development of on-line learning modules; and
- how in-kind expertise and clinical governance was provided through WACHS and the input coordination for the non-government organisations within the aged care sector was provided through the Country WA PHN.