Online event: A Shared Journey

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Join the La Trobe Rural Health School to celebrate research collaborations with local communities and industry partners as we seek to develop solutions to rural health and social issues.

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Thursday 01 October 2020 10:00 am (Add to calendar)
Wayne Murdoch
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La Trobe Rural Health School
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The La Trobe Rural Health School is pleased to invite you to the 2020 Rural Health Conference: “A shared Journey” to be held on Thursday 1st October.

The Conference will celebrate the research collaborations of La Trobe University's Rural Health School and its industry partners, will explore future-based research which addresses major issues in rural health, and will present a diverse range of research which demonstrates La Trobe’s strong relationship with industry and community partners.


10.00AM - 11.00AM

Conference Opens

Welcome from Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar AO
Welcome from the Dean of the La Trobe Rural Health School Professor Jane Mills
Keynote address Mr Matt Jones CEO Murray PHN

11.00AM - 12.00 PM Session 1 EVALUATION

Evaluating an Integrated area-based Health System model for children and young people in Out-of-Home Care in rural Victoria Craig Hocking, Werner Vogels, Bonnie Giles, & Corina Modderman
Changing research culture and capacity - collaborating with academic partners to enhance rural and regional health Owen Howlett, Kevin Masman, Angela Crombie, Marcus Gardner & Donna Borkowski
Evaluating the impact of a Home-Based Pulmonary Rehabilitation program in a rural setting Wendy Millar, Nikki Lewis, Nakita Piroddi & Julia Birchall


‘How can the governance of Communities that Care interventions be enhanced by understandings of community development?’: a case study in rural Australia Heather Downey & Guinever Threlkeld
The power of reciprocity; building a two-way relationship between academia and community health so that practice informs research and research informs practice. Ruth Hardman & Evelien Spelten
Identifying tobacco retailers in an Australian jurisdiction without a retailer licensing system. John Baker, Mohd Masood, Muhammad Aziz Rahman, Lukar Thornton & Stephen Begg
12.00PM - 2.00PM  Lunch
Poster Presentations

2.00PM - 4.00PM Session 3


Exploring consumer experiences of care coordination for people living with complex needs in regional Victoria: An inclusive, co-led and co-produced study Robert B. Pereira, Timothy L. Brown, Alison Guida, Lidia Oppedisano, Kayla Riley, Grace Walker, Mary Nolan, Dr Nerida Hyett
Barriers to making decisions about aged care home support packages Irene Blackberry, Clare Wilding, Marita Chisholm, D. Wishart, W. Keeton, C. Chan, M. Fraser, Jennifer Boak, K. Knight, & Lyn Horsfall
Detecting complexity amongst community-dwelling older people: ImPaCt trial. Jennifer Boak, Irene Blackberry & Tshepo Rasekaba
Improving access to dental services and promoting oral health for adults experiencing homelessness in a non-capital city area of Victoria: a multi methods study Jacqueline Goode, Ha Hoang & Leonard Crocombe
Research to Practice: Enabling First Nations practice perspectives for Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) allied health professionals Dr Mishel McMahon


A pilot of group clinical supervision to enhance learning and support for regional allied health professionalsMarcus Gardner, Carol McKinstry & Byron Perrin
Retaining ‘home grown’ social workers in Greater Shepparton – A partnership between La Trobe University and not for profit employers Corina Modderman & Tricia Quibell
Exploring the preparedness and training needs of a rural public mental health workforce in providing care to people with intellectual disability and mental illness Jo Spong, Teresa Iacono, Janelle Weise, Julian Trollor, Tim Lenten & Lisa Spong
Developing a competency framework for volunteer managers within Victorian health servicesRachel Winterton, Suzanne & Kerryn Mitchell
Telephone coaching can increase physical activity and improve health of adult ambulatory care patients in a regional hospital: the Healthy4U-2 randomised controlled trial Stephen Barrett, Stephen Begg, Paul O’Halloran & Michael Kingsley
Healthcare Provider Perspectives on the Royal Flying Doctor Telehealth Specialist Service for Rural VictoriaTshepo Rasekaba, Rebecca McKechnie, Jocelyn Syme, Cassie Moore, Melanie Trivett & Irene Blackberry

The Conference will focus on the research strengths of the La Trobe Rural Health School:

  • John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing
  • Holsworth Research Initiative
  • Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research
  • Improving Clinical Care to Reduce Health Outcome Inequality
  • Inclusion of Young People with Disadvantage and Disability

In addition, the conference will feature research collaborations with staff from :

  • Bendigo Health
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • Sunraysia Community Health
  • Department Health and Human Services
  • Federation University
  • Deakin University
  • Barwon Health
  • Shepparton Community Share
  • University of New South Wales
  • Northeast Health Wangaratta
  • Eastern Health
  • Austin Health
  • John Ochsner Heart & Vascular Institute
  • University of Auckland
  • Griffith University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Tasmania
  • Murdoch University

A Commonwealth funded Department of Rural Health



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