IMSANZ & SOMANZ Combined Conference 2016
SPDP 1: Practical Skills For Supervisors FULL

The Practical Skills for Supervisors workshop has been created in conjunction with Professor Fiona Lake, who holds the position of Eric Saint Chair in Medicine at University Western Australia and developed the ‘Teaching on the Run' workshops.

The workshop has been designed to assist supervisors with creating a culture for learning, and delivering effective feedback, particularly in difficult situations. Practical Skills for Supervisors has been widely released throughout Australia and New Zealand in 2014, both face-to-face and online.

The objectives of the workshop are as follows:
  • Develop strategies to create a culture for learning
  • Describe the impact of feedback on behaviour and performance
  • Increase confidence in giving effective feedback to trainees 
  • Increase confidence in dealing with challenging trainees
Cost: Complimentary
Venue: Alice Springs Convention Centre
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Royal Flying Doctors Service Presentation & Museum Tour

The Royal Flying Doctor Service, was known as the Aerial Medical Service, under the control of the Australian Inland Mission, became operational on May 15, 1928. The first flying doctor of the service was Dr K St Vincent Welch and the first flying doctor pilot, Arthur Affleck of Qantas. Qantas, today a major international airline, was in those days still a small bush airline, known as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S).

Today the RFDS operates from 21 bases strategically located around Australia with a presence in most capital cities. The RFDS has expanded its traditional role to deliver a broad range of primary and preventative health care services to rural and remote communities. The RFDS also delivers critical support to those who live in urban centres: this includes the regular transfer of patients to interstate hospitals for life-saving surgery such as organ transplant and heart surgery on newborn babies.

Visit the original Alice Springs working base (circa1939) to learn more about this unique service.

Dr Richard Johnson will discuss the RFDS from a operational and medical perspective before a tour of the RFDS museum. Richard is an acute care retrieval specialist.

Afternoon Tea will be provided

Cost: $50.00
Pick-up: Alice Spring Convention Centre
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm

The Purple House

There is a hub in Alice Springs affectionately known as the ‘Purple House’ where dialysis patients and their families go for dialysis, do their washing, have a meal, catch up with each other, cook a kangaroo tail on the fire, have a sing…It’s their place and they decide what happens in it and what they need to stay well. It is complete with chooks, pizza oven and karaoke machine!

They have a social enterprise, making bush balms and soaps which can ensure that that knowledge is passed on, gives employment to patients and their families and helps to share the story in a different way. They welcome volunteers, students and anyone who want to come and help or learn.

People in ever increasing numbers are returning home to their remote communities to have treatment with the help of their nurses. Word spread and Pintupi have helped communities across state and territory borders to establish services.

The model proved so successful they were able to get some government support, but still raise around 30% of the annual budget through philanthropy, community monies and odd jobs like making100 litres of pumpkin soup for the beanie festival!

In 2012 with the help of Medicines Australia The Purpke House designed and built the ‘Purple Truck’…a mobile dialysis unit which can go to communities for a few weeks at a time to help people to see their families and gives dialysis patients away from home something to look forward to.

Of course the absolute hope is that one day the organisation will be redundant. One day hopefully environmental, social and economic conditions in remote communities will be such that few people get kidney failure. Hopefully too there will be improvements in transplantation and renal replacement therapies so that treatments become easier, cheaper and more effective. The Purple House have a role to play in helping people to understand what keeps their kidneys healthy, demystifying dialysis and keeping people as healthy as possible for as long as possible. For now though, with the number of Indigenous people requiring dialysis treatment continuing to rise and there being a real fear for communities if people have to move away to regional centres to access services, it looks like they will be pretty busy for a while yet!

Cost: $50.00
Pick-up: Alice Spring Convention Centre
Time: 2.00pm - 5.00pm