International Health Training Comes to the Region

Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) will bring international standard training to health professionals across the South West and Darling Downs at two three-day intensive education events.

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Known as EHPIC (Educating Health Professionals in Interprofessional Care), the training encourages health professionals to learn from, with and about each other to ensure there is an enhanced focus on patient-centered care to improve patient outcomes.

SQRH is a University Department of Rural Health and is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, the University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs (DDH) and South West Hospital and Health Service (SWHHS).

SQRH Director Associate Professor Geoff Argus says SQRH is excited to bring international standard training to rural health professionals at a workshop in Roma this week and Toowoomba next week.

“A contingent of expert trainers from the University of Toronto will deliver both workshops and they are looking forward to meeting the 56 participants at each workshop location. The participants include doctors, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, clinical educators and health administrators.“

Other organisations sending representatives to EHPIC include Queensland Health’s Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Chief Allied Health Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service and various Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations.

SWHHS Chief Executive Ms Linda Patat says the training and development of innovative strategies is already seeing improvements across the South West.

“I know our health staff already put aspects of Interprofessional Care into practice but I think the EHPIC training will further refine our work.”

SQRH Advisory Board Chair Mr Derek Tuffield OAM says the EHPIC training is a highlight for the first year of SQRH during its establishment phase.

“The SQRH team has been making great progress supporting nursing, midwifery and allied health students in their clinical placements, developing training for health staff who supervise those students and building a strong foundation for rural and remote health workforce development.”

The approach is supported by the World Health Organisation, which identifies that there is a worldwide shortage of 4.3 million health workers (WHO, 2010).