Poche Centre Board meeting
The Poche Centre held its inaugural Board meeting on 21 February. The Board is Chaired by Dean of the Sydney Medical School, Professor Bruce Robinson. The members of the Board are:
Dr Tom Calma, AO – Patron of the Poche Centre Network
Professor Sandra Eades – Professor of Public Health
Professor Shane Houston - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Strategy and Services
Professor Chris Peck – Dean, Faculty of Dentistry
Mr Reg Richardson, AM – Representative of Greg Poche
Professor Glenn Salkeld – Head, School of Public Health
Professor Jill White, AM – Dean, Faculty of Nursing
The meeting was very positive with the Board endorsing the Poche Centre’s Three Year Strategy. Poche Centre Strategy
The three year strategy for the Poche Centre is currently with the editors. The strategy will be launched on the 8 April. Following the launch there will be a presentation by Poche Researchers and scholars on their work. Details about the launch will be provided in March.Poche Centre clinics
Sincere thanks to the clinicians, health services and students who worked with the Poche Centre in February to deliver these services. Kim Szerdahelyi is responsible for governance and administration of the Poche Centre. Our raw numbers for February are:
Dental - Dubbo, client numbers 17
Dental - Bourke (anaesthetic & followup), client numbers 39, students 3
Cardiologist - Brewarrina, client numbers 12, Students 1
Sonographer - Brewarrina, client numbers 12
Speech Pathologist - Walgett, client numbers 76
Occupational Therapy - Goodooga, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri, Walgett, client numbers 72
TOTAL client numbers 228, students 4
Blair Rasmussen is a stage three medical student who attended the cardiology clinic with Dr Harry Lowe says: “I had great time. I think it was a very valuable learning experience with not only seeing the patients with Dr Harry Lowe but also just seeing how the hospital works in such a small rural town like that. For example we take for granted here that we can get bloods done and results turnaround in a matter of minutes if they are urgent, whereas in Brewarrina the bloods get sent to Burke once a day and not on weekends! How are you meant to manage a patient acutely with limited services like that? It was quite an eye opener. I also got to go and visit the local AMS and see how they are running things. It was good to get a sense of how important they are in the community. In fact the sense of community as a whole and how people have left and come back, or never left because Brewarrina is the only place that really feels like home is really quite amazing. Especially when there is a lot you have to deal with when you live in such an isolated rural environment.
I think it is fantastic that the Poche Centre along with Dr Harry Lowe and Keren Eagle can provide such a valuable service to the community of Brewarrina.
At the end of February the Poche Centre supported a new initiative at the Bourke dental clinic as patients were treated for the first time under general anaesthetic at Bourke Hospital. This is significant as previously patients who needed extensive dental work done had to make the 4 hour trip Dubbo and had to wait many years for treatment. The Poche Centre wishes to thank dentists Dr Steven Naoum and Dr Peter Salameh, anaesthetist Dr Ian Woodforth, and supervisor Dr Ryan Heggie for their dedication and commitment to making this trial clinic successful. A special thanks also to Bourke District Hospital and Bourke Aboriginal Health Service. Publications
Professor Eades has two new publications:
1.An intensive smoking intervention for pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a randomised controlled trial.
Eades SJ, Sanson-Fisher RW, Panaretto K.
Med J Aust. 2013 Jan 21;198(1):23-4.
2.Disparities in revascularization rates after acute myocardial infarction between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in australia.
Randall DA, Jorm LR, Lujic S, O'Loughlin AJ, Eades SJ, Leyland AH.
Circulation. 2013 Feb 19;127(7):811-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.000566. Epub 2013 Jan 14.Visit to Walgett
Professor Michelle Lincoln, Deputy Dean of Health Sciences and Kylie travelled to Walgett to meet with CEO of Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, Christine Corby, and members of her team to progress the review of Poche Centre allied health services and to discuss opportunities to expand our oral health program. It was great to meet the team at Walgett. We hope to expand our arrangements with Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service, Bila Muuji group of ten regional Aboriginal Medical Services and the Far West Medicare Local.Photographic library
This month Kim organised for well known and highly respected Aboriginal photographer Wayne Quilliam to attend the Brewarrina cardiology clinic and the Bourke dental (general anaesthetic) clinic to build our photographic library. Wayne took some wonderful photos which really show a strong sense of what the clinicians do and what the clinics are about. The Poche Centre thanks Wayne for his fantastic work.
The Poche Centre is overhauling its website and will be launching the new version in time for the Strategy launch in April. The new website will be designed to give more up to date information and have a more dynamic interface. Vita Christie, Senior Project officer, is working with Web and Print Production to design and create content for the site.Key Thinkers forum
Key Thinkers forums will be held three times a year and the first is to be held in May. They will provide an opportunity to consider contemporary research and issues related to Aboriginal Health.
Vita is preparing a paper for the first Key Thinkers Forum. Keep an eye on our website for details. Aboriginal Health Research Seminar program
Vita has been working with Professor Sandra Eades to design a Seminar series to be run jointly between the Poche Centre and the School of Public Health. This program is designed to showcase contemporary Aboriginal health research.Society for Epidemiologic Research
Professor Sandra Eades has been invited to present at the Annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. She will be presenting at the on the topic Health of indigenous peoples: a global health disparity.Grant applications
Dr Clive Aspin, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow has received confirmation of a successful grant application for $24,895 to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to carry out health promotion training with indigenous health workers. It is still to be determined which communities will benefit from this grant, however the chief investigators along with Clive are Ms Renee Masching and Mr Trevor Stratton from Canada, and Dr Jeff Reading from Alice Springs. This is an Australian and Canadian collaboration.
Clive has submitted a grant application to the Australian Research Council which focuses on the role of families in the self-management of chronic illness in Indigenous communities. This is an Australian and New Zealand collaboration with the Poche Centres at both University of Sydney and Flinders University, and Australian National University and Whakauae Research Centre. Clive is expecting to receive a response between October and November this year.
Dr Michael Otim, NHMRC/Poche Postdoctoral Research Fellow, together with colleagues from the University of Notre Dame Australia have submitted a grant application to the University of Notre Dame “Research Incentive Scheme” for $5,000. This is ‘seed’ funding for a project on identifying criteria used by decision makers for priority setting and their relative weights. This project will generate data that will be used to support a bigger grant application to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and/or the Australian Research Council (ARC). Michael hopes to know if the project will be funded by mid-March.
Michael, together with colleagues from the University of Sydney and Notre Dame Australia is preparing a grant application to submit to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The project seeks to identify criteria used by decision makers for priority setting and their relative weights. The grant application will be submitted on 19 March 2013, and Michael is currently estimating the budget.
Michael and colleagues from Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute (QCMRI) and The University of Queensland are preparing a grant application to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
to undertake an economic analysis component of a study of
children aged under 5 years with chronic cough post acute respiratory illnesses (ARI), and whether active intervention at 4 weeks improves clinical outcomes (cough duration and quality of life). The group a
ims to conduct three prospective studies in three different locations: an urban hospital emergency department; an urban Aboriginal medical service; and a remote Aboriginal medical service. Relationship with AH&MRC
Michael continues to strengthen a working relationship with Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) as a health economics advisor, and is supporting the AH&MRC to respond to the Funding Review for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health services undertaken by KPMG on behalf of the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. He is also continuing to develop a research project to cost the provision of comprehensive Primary Health Care through Aboriginal Medical Services. A project proposal has been prepared for the AH&MRC Board to comment.Economic Evaluation
Michael, along with Clinical Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Dr Smita Shah, is continuing to conduct an economic evaluation of the Triple A program which prevents adolescents from starting smoking and improves their management of asthma. The literature search has been carried out and outcomes data is being compiled from the numerous studies identified.Australian Health Review
Michael has prepared a journal article for the Australian Health Review titled Criteria for priority setting in Aboriginal health. A first draft has been completed from data gathered through a survey conducted by key decision makers in Aboriginal-specific health care services in Victoria. It is currently being edited by the co-authors.Telemedicine
The Poche Centre is in the preliminary stage of setting up a telemedicine trial in Brewarrina , borrowing from the existing relationships and clinicians that the Poche Centre already has. Vita and Kylie had a telelink with Bourke hospital to finalise the details and, Vita and Michael have begun planning the evaluation methodology for the trial. Vita is resolving the technical challenges associated with the trial. Paul Ishiguchi
We would like to welcome to Paul Ishiguchi, an Aboriginal man from Derby in Western Australia who has commenced work on an NHMRC funded project led by Professor Sandra Eades which aims to reduce the evidence practice gap for type 2 diabetes care in Aboriginal primary health care services. He is a registered nurse with extensive Aboriginal health research experience.Rural Doctors Network
Kylie met with Rural Doctors Network to discuss the Poche Centre’s three-year strategy and opportunities for collaboration, and is optimistic we will be able to expand our partnership with them this year. Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Kylie met with the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health to share information and discuss the new Poche Centre strategy.