REGIONAL AND RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH FORUM 2022
REGIONAL AND RURAL HEALTH RESEARCH ACTIVITY UPDATE
Following the 2020 Forum in Bunbury, the South Regional Health Research Collaborative (SRHRC) has invested significant resources to prepare funding submissions to support the regional health research priorities identified at the Forum and a subsequent prioritisation workshop held in March 2021.
This work culminated in the development of an infographic. This document will guide the future work of the SRHRC in 2022. The Collaborative is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Cobie Rudd, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Regional Futures) and Vice-President, ECU South West Campus Office, as Chair of the SRHRC.
The Lishman Health Foundation, Rural Health West and our Collaborative partners are now planning a subsequent Forum to provide delegates with updates on regional health research activity, facilitated discussion groups around the research priority themes; and identifying opportunities to collaborate on current/future research proposals.
South Regional Health Research Forum 2022
Join fellow researchers, health practitioners and consumers at the South Regional Health Research Forum.
As the Collaborative has expanded from the South West to take in the Great Southern, the Forum is planned to take place in Albany on the Friday 26 August 2022 with a Community Engagement workshop taking place on the afternoon of Thursday 25 August 2022.
The forum is an opportunity to share ideas, network and identify the barriers and enablers for health research in regional and rural communities. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lishman Health Foundation attended the WA Rural Health Conference on the 27th and 28th March 2021 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Hosted by Rural Health West, the 2021 WA Rural Health Conference focused on the effects from recent disasters such as bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic, and examined ways we can better prepare for these events in the future.
Mrs Dianne Ritson, CEO of Lishman Health Foundation, and Mr Stephen Carmody, Chair of Lishman Health Foundation, welcomed the opportunity to attend the conference to promote the work of the Foundation, share ideas and network with fellow delegates.
The Annual General Meeting will be held at 5.00pm on Monday 26 October 2020 at Conference Room 1, St John of God Bunbury Hospital, Corner Robertson Dr & Bussell Hwy, Bunbury.
All welcome to attend. All members shall be entitled to vote.
Light refreshments to be provided.
Please indicate your attendance or apologies by Friday 23rd October 2020 to email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Lishman Health Foundation’s H&F Weekend. A special thanks to Margaret Paterson for organising a fantastic array of activities, providing several opportunities to socialise, enjoy great company, fabulous food and exercise.
Supporters of this wonderful event raised vital funds for regional cancer research and had such fun along the way. There were even some brave enough to tackle the walks, despite wild weather that saw parts of the Cape to Cape closed. Thank you to all who supported raffles including The Goose and Caves House and to all donated to this wonderful cause, especially those who donated even when unable to attend.
SOUTH WEST HEALTH RESEARCH FORUM
South West Health Research Collaborative Update
In a first for the South West, research leaders, health practitioners, local government and consumers joined collective forces at the South West Health Research Forum to share their knowledge of current rural and regional health research activity and, identify opportunities to grow health research in the region.
Attended by over 90 delegates, the forum provided an excellent opportunity to share ideas, network and identify the barriers and enablers for health research in regional and rural communities.
A key theme to emerge from the forum discussion was the importance of engaging with consumers. The Consumer and Community Involvement (CCI) Program, established by the Western Australian Health Translation Network in 1998, supports consumers, community members and researchers to work in partnership to make decisions about health research priorities, policy and practice. The program is recognised nationally as a good practice model for facilitating partnerships with consumers and community members.
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the discussions on the day. Some of the key themes to emerge from the day were;
- Rurality has a significant impact on individual and community health.
- There is a need to strengthen community engagement and involvement in research.
- There is a need for data to support funding requests.
- Future research needs to address the social determinants of health.
- There is a need to develop innovative models to address existing service gaps.
Mental health came through as a key theme across several of the discussion groups including Paediatrics, Aboriginal Health and Chronic Disease.
The forum highlighted that there is significant momentum to form a collective rural and regional research community in the southern regions of WA.
To do this, the collaborative will work to address the existing challenges of funding, sharing of data and breaking down silos to maximise research opportunities in the region.
The Road Ahead…
To progress the work of the South West Health Research Collaborative, the Chair from each of the discussion groups will meet for a three-hour workshop on the 19 March 2021 at ECU South West. This will be an opportunity to;
- Condense and collapse each discussion group
- Identify the gaps, needs and regional context for each group
- Develop an engagement and advocacy strategy with key consumers and communities in each focus area.
- Identify 12 specific inquiry / research projects.
- Develop recommendations for resourcing and implementing projects.
- Develop a strategy for the ongoing sustainability of the South West Health Research Collaborative.
We look forward to sharing an update with you in April 2021.
- Employed in health care, preferably by a non-government or not for profit organisation?
- Located in the South West region of WA?
- Able to attend a course at AIM WA before 31 March 2021?
You are invited to apply for a sponsored training opportunity with the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA).
How to apply:
Visit www.aimwa.com to search the courses that are available. Some courses are excluded, as listed in the attached application form.
Complete the attached application form and forward to WACHSResearchandInnovation@health.wa.gov.au by 5pm on 30 September 2020.
Applications are now open and close at 5.00pm on the 30 September 2020. For more information, please see the attached flyer and application form.
The first of a series of webinars was hosted by the South West Health Research Collaborative on Thursday 3 September 2020 from 12pm – 1pm. The research team for the ORCHID Study (Optimisation of Rural Clinical and Haematological Indicators of Diabetes), partially funded by the Lishman Health Foundation, discussed the findings of the research and future next steps to translate the findings into practice.
ORCHID Study Webinar
The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday 28th October at the St John of God Bunbury Hospital.
At this meeting, Fionnuala Hannon was elected as Chair, Debra Bakker as Vice-Chair, Bill Cowan as Secretary and Peter Wright as Treasurer. Brenda Murrison, Kelly Hick, Stephen Carmody, Peter Heyworth and Jeffrey Williams were elected as Board Members.
The Board also thanked Margaret Paterson, who stepped down after serving as a long term Board member. Margaret has been an active, long-term supporter of the Foundation dedicating countless hours to support the work of the Foundation. We are very grateful that Margaret will continue to volunteer her time to support future Foundation events and fundraisers.
From June to August 2019, Marg Rhodes and Pieter van walked approximately 2000km along the Via Francigena as part of their ‘100 Day Walk for Mental Health’. Starting in Canterbury and ending in Rome, Marg and Pieter averaged 20km per day, often in gruelling conditions, to achieve this amazing feat.
This walk didn’t just challenge Marg and Pieter individually, but also helped to raise awareness for mental health and vital funds for the Lishman Health Foundation to support regional mental health research.
Mental health illness does not discriminate and affects many individuals, families and friends. Marg and Pieter understand this first hand as they have experienced the effects and impact of anxiety and depression on their young adult son.
The 100 Day Walk was totally self-funded by Marg and Pieter.
Thank you to Marg and Pieter for supporting the Lishman Health Foundation and raising money to support mental health research for regional and rural communities in WA.