Communication

Telehealth Technology Workshops

In 2015, a consortium of specialist medical colleges, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and including the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and the Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD), delivered workshops at Port Macquarie and Hobart on telehealth.

Each workshop provided ‘hands on’ opportunities for specialists to explore telehealth technologies and to learn from their peers. The workshops were delivered in two parts:
1. Presentations from specialists on how they use telehealth
2. A demonstration of the various technologies and an opportunity to experiment with them.

The featured technologies included videoconferencing setups, imaging software, cameras, 3D printers and more.

Experimenting with these technologies was deemed to be an important step in increasing specialists’ confidence and excitement about telehealth.

Video presentations and links to resources can be found here.



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Safer Australian Surgical Teamwork

Course Overview

Research shows that a breakdown in non-technical skills (NTS) frequently contributes to adverse outcomes. The training offered in the SAST workshops seeks to address these breakdowns, and thereby improve safety in the operating theatre and patient outcomes.

The project brings together surgeons, anaesthetists and scrub practitioners in a collaborative, cross-disciplined one day workshop, improving situational awareness, decision making, leadership, task management, communication skills and teamwork. The workshop will utilise three behavioural marker frameworks – Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS), Anaesthetists’ Non-Technical Skills (ANTS) and Scrub Practitioners’ List of Intra-operative Non-Technical Skills (SPLINTS) developed by The University of Aberdeen, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the National Health Service.

RACS delivered three one-day workshops in 2014, and is delivering a further five in 2015.  As in 2014, the 2015 workshops will be delivered by a mixed craft group faculty in regional hospitals, using NOTSS, ANTS and SPLINTS behavioural marker frameworks. The group will concentrate on team work and team dynamics by exploring the behaviours outlined in the frameworks, looking at similarities and differences for each non-technical category.

While the 2014 workshops utilised video content from the NOTSS course, in 2015, new content with a more multidisciplinary focus was produced by RACS, in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), the Australian College of Nursing (ACN), and the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN). Read more.



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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health

Course Overview

Supporting health professionals in improving knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health care to achieve better outcomes.

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Intercultural Learning

Course Overview

Cultural competency and safety eLearning activities provide professional development in intercultural skills using examples from a range of cultures within Australia. The modules provide information on recognising one’s own and other people’s cultural expectations; intercultural communication; the links among values, beliefs and behaviours; and strategic skills for cultural adaptation. There is also a range of activities to promote self-reflection regarding the impact of cultural issues on medical practice. Read more.



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Indigenous Health

Course Overview

This series of podcasts focuses on providing resources to Australian rural and regional Fellows, trainees and international medical graduate specialists, though the principles discussed also would usually apply in urban practice. The underlying importance of respect applies to all cross-cultural interactions. For further information please visit the College website .

This project has been funded by the Department of Health under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One, which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

The Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with this project.
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Practice Visits

Course Overview

This project offers Fellows the opportunity to host a Practice Visit at their rural practice location. Project resources include two interactive e-learning modules on the Practice Visit activity. The modules provide information on how to undertake a Practice Visit, along with a training module for those who wish to become an accredited Practice Visitor.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Learning

Course Overview

The series of eLearning modules aims to promote a multi-disciplinary approach of particular benefit to surgeons in rural and remote locations who care for Indigenous patients. The modules focus on Indigenous-specific health issues and developing a support network to assist in resolving current and future specialist medical issues.

It is important that clinicians connect with their local community as customs vary across the country.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Cultural Learning Course is made up of three modules, interactive tools and a resource learning centre.

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Management Essentials

Course Overview

This course was designed and developed as a result of grant provided by the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One.

The course was originally developed as a means for continuing professional development of rural specialist medical practitioners. However, it was recognised early on as an important educational resource for trainees of the College, as well as for the continuing professional development of non-rural fellows and educational affiliates. As a result, the course was made available to all College members, on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the RANZCR Learning Portal.

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Navigating Communication

Communication and Consent Issues with Aboriginal Patients

Course Overview

‘Navigating Communication’ is designed to assist cultural awareness and understanding within Aboriginal health delivery through offering practical advice and suggestions from experts in the field and members of the Aboriginal community. ‘Navigating Communication’ is designed to encourage and enable medical practitioners to understand and communicate more successfully with Aboriginal patients and their families. Read more.



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Health Management in Rural Settings

Course Overview

The Rural Outcomes Measurement Enhancement Project produced a series of modules on the topic of Health Management in Rural Settings. These topics focus on areas of Indigenous health, geriatric health and sepsis management.

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Indigenous Adult and Child Health

Course Overview

Culture and determinants of health underpin numerous barriers to health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This series of modules begins by exploring the concept of cultural competence and the unique determinants of health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Two modules then refer specifically to aboriginal child health, reviewing developmental problems and common diseases of poverty and illnesses. The final two modules take on an adult medicine focus and examine lifestyle factors and prevention and management of chronic diseases such as chronic respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. Read more.



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Professionals’ Essentials

Course Overview

This course was designed and developed as a result of grant provided by the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One.

The course was originally developed as a means for continuing professional development of rural specialist medical practitioners. However, it was recognised early on as an important educational resource for trainees of the College, as well as for the continuing professional development of non-rural fellows and educational affiliates. As a result, the course was made available to all College members, on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the RANZCR Learning Portal.

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Communications Essentials

Course Overview

This course was designed and developed as a result of grant provided by the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One.

The course was originally developed as a means for continuing professional development of rural specialist medical practitioners. However, it was recognised early on as an important educational resource for trainees of the College, as well as for the continuing professional development of non-rural fellows and educational affiliates. As a result, the course was made available to all College members, on the Learning Management System (LMS) of the RANZCR Learning Portal.

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