Welcome to the Talking Country Health podcast, where we discuss everything to help health professionals navigate working in rural and regional Victoria. Proudly brought to you by Rural Workforce Agency Victoria.
Optometrist Dr James Mitchell on providing outreach services
James Mitchell is an Optometrist based in Western Victoria. Born and bred in Warrnambool, there was no doubt for James that he would return to his home town after completing his optometry studies.
James always knew he wanted to be involved in outreach work to help rural communities with limited access to eye health services. The opportunity to take his work on the road presented itself straight out of uni, which now sees James regularly visiting ACCOs, local medical clinics and schools all over Western Victoria.
Tune in to this bite size episode to hear how James has navigated working rurally as a young health professional, and what he loves most about it.
Are you a health professional interested in providing outreach service to Victoria’s country communities? Check out RWAV’s outreach programs to see how you can get involved: www.rwav.com.au/outreach-programs
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The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program explained
The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program is a 3GA program which enables doctors who are non-vocationally registered to work in rural regions and access Medicare.
In this episode of the Talking Country Health Podcast, RWAV’s in house Medical Advisor, Dr Kathy Kirkpatrick explains what you need to know about the program; unpacking some of the finer details for non VR doctors and practice managers interested in knowing more.
For more information visit the RWAV website: https://www.rwav.com.au/workforce-support/more-doctors-for-rural-australia-program/
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The state of country health in Victoria with RWAV CEO, Trevor Carr
Tune in this episode to hear insights from RWAV CEO, Trevor Carr about the state of country health in Victoria.
Trevor shares his thoughts about the key challenges facing the rural health sector in the next five years, the impact of COVID-19 on health services and the opportunities that lie ahead.
If you haven’t heard about RWAV before or want to learn more about what programs you can get involved with, Trevor provides an overview of RWAV’s core work and vision for health care in country Victoria.
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Coordinating Outreach Services
In this episode we chat with Danielle Millar, Project Manager for Allied Health Services and Podiatrist at IPC Health. Operating from six sights, IPC Health is a community health organisation providing affordable health care to areas within western Melbourne.
Part of Danielle’s role includes the coordination of outreach services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients. Danielle explains the importance of cultural safety training, adapting to telehealth services during COVID-19 and some of her tips for health professionals looking to get into outreach work.
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Looking towards the future of rural health with Dr Yousuf Ahmad
Dr Yousuf Ahmad has been a rural procedural generalist most of his professional life. Starting his career in Zimbabwe, Dr Ahmad then moved to Australia in 2000 where he continued to work in rural communities, first in Queensland and eventually settling in Sale, Victoria.
With a strong interest in rural general practice, medical education, primary health management and governance, Dr Ahmad joined the RWAV Board in 2012 and was appointed as Chair of the Board in 2016.
As his tenure as Chair comes to an end, we spoke with Dr Ahmad to hear about his reflections over the last eight years and where we should be turning our focus to in the future of country health in Victoria.
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Running a Health Service in Country Victoria
This episode we chat with Sandy Chamberlin, Chief Executive Officer of Great Ocean Road Health about what it’s like to run a health service in country Victoria.
Sandy shares with us what it’s like to be a CEO managing health services over multiple sites, adapting to COVID-19, as well as some of her insights and tips for supporting health professionals in her team.
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