More than 120 rural and remote clinicians united at the Mercure Hotel Townsville for the annual Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network forum. Inspired by the show Shark Tank, this year’s forum included a ‘Croc Tank’ where staff from across Queensland Health could pitch their innovative ideas for improving rural and remote practice to the expert panel of crocs.
Covering new models of service and training delivered via telehealth, investment in rural health clubs and graduate programs, resilience building and allied health models of care, the projects highlighted the innovative work already being done across the state. The audience voted for a presentation that highlighted the use of silver fluoride treatment to treat caries in children, while the judges were tied in their vote. Their vote went to presentations that focused on using telehealth to support and empower our rural and remote graduate midwives and investment in rural anaesthetic education and crisis management.
In addition to the croc tank presentations, key Department of Health staff provided updates on rural and remote workforce and investment strategies. The forum came to a close after robust group discussions about challenges and opportunities for rural and remote clinicians.
For more information about the network, visit the Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network page.