RDWA Annual Conference 2013
This year, RDWA hosted its conference with an expanded program! The Conference continued to focus on the great rural doctors who operate across the divide of primary and acute care every day, but for the first time also delivered a stream of events specifically for students who are training to be rural doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health providers.
Starting on Friday at 9.00am, the Student Stream opened with key note speakers, Dr Gerry Considine and Stacey Putland who discussed their early years of rural practice. A mix of leadership and clinical skills sessions completed the morning session before the rural doctors joined the group for lunch. The GP Stream commenced on Friday afternoon, providing clinical skills sessions for the rest of the day.
Key note speaker, Winthrop Professor Geoff Riley from the University of Western Australia kicked off the program on Saturday morning discussing the importance of personal health and wellbeing. This was followed by a live video conference with Dr Ken Milne, Chief of Staff and Chief of Emergency Medicine at South Huron Hospital from his home in Canada. The program broke out into concurrent sessions throughout the day, offering a mix of clinical and education sessions through both the Student and GP Streams.
Saturday night allowed everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company over dinner where graduates of RDWA's PM4 program were acknowledged.
Of course the conference is not complete without a Family Program that has something for everyone! The kids enjoyed ten pin bowling and put their skates on for ice skating, or brought out their inner actor with theatre and dance games. A high tea on Saturday afternoon gave the spouses an opportunity to indulge and catch up in a relaxing environment.
On Sunday morning the RDASA hosted several sessions, including a members’ forum.
Dr Gerry Considine, A rural GP registrar gets back to the bush (Audio)
Dr Ken Milne, Country Medicine and Social Media (Video)
Dr Richard Mackinnon, Being a rural specialist is special (Presentation)
Ms Merridy Chester and Mr Brett Webster, How a multi-disciplinary team works (Presentation)
Ms Stacey Putland, Making an impact early in your career (Presentation)
Ms Katherine Humphreys, National Rural Health Students Network (Presentation)
Dr Lyndall Young, Rape and sexual assault (Presentation)
Karen Moseley & Ruth McPhail, City based services supporting rural health workforce RRMHS (Presentation)
Ms Rosemary Moyle, City based services supporting rural health workforce RFDS (Presentation)
Dr Alexandra Zanker, City based services supporting rural health workforce MedSTAR (Presentation)
Dr Phil Tideman, City based services supporting rural health workforce iCARnet (Presentation)
Ms Annette Jones, Suicide Prevention - CHSA Guidelines (Presentation)
Ms Chez Curnow and Ms Vanessa Boully, Suicide Prevention - Living Works (Presentation)
Dr Nick Williams, Cultural Awareness and Proficiency (Presentation)
Dr Jacob Alexander, Cultural Awareness and Proficiency (Presentation)
Dr Gerry Considine and Dr Ben Abbot, Research and GP Training (Presentation)
Dr Penny Need and Dr Nyoli Valentine, GP training pathways (Presentation)
Are you a General Practitioner or Specialist looking for work? A range of vacancies exist in rural South Australia for doctors.
Are you looking to refresh current skills or learn something new? RDWA runs training and information sessions for students, interns, locums and GPs throughout the year.