Thinking differently about rural health

Big-FAT-Ideas-standardThe Big FAT (Focussed, Ambitious and Transformative) Ideas program, hosted by La Trobe University, is designed to challenge Australians to think differently about issues of local, national or global significance.

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Rosenberg said the program will discuss rural health education and practice, in a bid to encourage audiences to engage with issues they hadn’t explored before, or see familiar issues from a different point of view.

‘The La Trobe Rural Health School was established to drive the future of health education in Victoria. The program will take a look at a number of new initiatives to support graduates, local communities and rural health providers,’ he said.

The initiatives include:

Wayne Cosshall, Curriculum Designer – Social work and policy and Emma Patten, Associate Lecturer Health & Environment who are revamping the Rural Health unit as an iTunesU subject. They are doing this by using interview techniques to create a dynamic, interesting and varied learning experience, thus bringing the expertise of world experts in the field into the virtual classroom.
Associate Professor Mandy Kenny, Rural and Regional Nursing who will discuss how the La Trobe Rural Health School and three small rural communities are working together to ensure healthcare services meet community need and produce knowledge that has international relevance. Rural health is a priority for reform across a number of countries due to major health inequalities. However, there is increasing recognition that a one size fits all approach to rural health is ineffective as it fails to align healthcare services with local population need. This innovative project places communities as experts that will drive future directions for rural health services.

Jenny Doyle, Lecturer, Nursing on Simulated Learning who will outline two statewide projects underway by La Trobe Rural Health School to develop simulation learning for provision to students, but also for provision to service provider partners out in rural areas

Jane Farmer, Head of La Trobe Rural Health School - Spaces of wellbeing
Some buildings, rooms and spaces are better at creating or enhancing feelings of well-being than others. In order to understand how people, physical spaces and the activities undertaken in them interact to create well-being La Trobe has developed methods for tracking and measuring well-being creation. The technique is being piloted in a social enterprise in Bendigo called ‘Our Shed’.

When:  Friday 2 November, 11am – 1pm.

CTLC Studio (EDU2, L1), Melbourne campus. Kingsbury Avenue, Bundoora Vic 3086

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