Photo taken of (L-R) Ms Tiffany Dowling, Ms Neda Amin & Dr Steven Naoum travelling to Bouke dental clinic 18 & 19 March 2013Poche Scholars and Fellows
On Monday three of our Scholars/Fellows received their awards. Congratulations to :
Dr Michael Otim
Michael is a health economist who is currently a recipient of an NH and MRC Fellowship. Michael has been awarded a three year Poche fellowship to lead the health economics research in the Poche Centre strategy. Michael is supported by Professor of Public Health, Sandra Eades.
Barbara is paediatric physiotherapist who is passionate about improving health outcomes for Indigenous children. She has a keen interest in public health and research, and is currently investigating the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on gross motor skills in children as part of the Lilliwan Project at Fitzroy Crossing led by Professor Elizabeth Elliot.
Tanya a Ngemba woman who trained as a registered nurse and midwife. She grew up in Bourke. Tanya has a deep interest in providing culturally appropriate care for pregnant women. Tanya is embarking on a Master of Philosophy through the Faculty of Nursing and is supported by Professor of Midwifery, Sally Tracy. Grant from the Centre for Oral Health Strategy
The Centre received a grant of $78,000 from the Centre for Oral Health Strategy. Sincere thanks to Dr Steve Naoum who worked with us on the submission and to Boe Rambaldini, Statewide Aboriginal Oral Health Manager, Centre for Oral Health Strategy who recommended the grant. The grant will provide dental services for Aboriginal people in Dubbo and Bourke. New staff members
The Poche Centre welcomed three new staff members to the team. All three have a very keen interest in Indigenous health as well as a strong connection to their community and heritage. Kim Szerdahelyi, Project Officer Governance and Administration, has been helping the new team settle in and showing them around the campus.
Justin is a Project Officer and is from the Gamilaroi and Yuin nations of NSW. He is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) degree from the University of Wollongong and is registered as a full exercise science member with Exercise & Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Justin is currently a director on the board for Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) and very passionate about the recruitment and engagement of Indigenous people to allied health professions. As a student he was an active member of the National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN) council as the Indigenous health representative.
Justin is looking forward to combining his passion for rural, remote and Indigenous health in the project officer role and will be incorporating his background in allied health to work on the healthy hearts component of the new strategic plan.
Edie is a Project Officer is a Wiradjuri woman from Cowra, NSW and has grown up in inner city Sydney. Edie strongly believes in education and is currently undertaking a Post Graduate Degree in Indigenous Health Promotion through the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. She is a passionate believer in contributing to disease prevention through active healthy communities and has been a board member of the Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service since 2005.
Edie has many years’ experience in Aboriginal communities in relation to Aboriginal affairs and youth program design and delivery, and is also involved with community organisations such as the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and the NSW State Government.
Edie will be working on projects related to healthy kids and is looking forward to developing and implementing these projects within targeted Aboriginal communities.
Jared is a Research Assistant and is currently finishing his degree here at the University of Sydney. He will shortly complete a double major in Pure and Applied mathematics, having also dabbled in French literature. All things going well he plans to start honours mid-year; working on a particularly interesting project that looks at modelling the transmission of AIDS on a cellular level.
Jared has been working his way through five years of Poche Centre clinical data in order to analyse and then summarise each year. This will provide the Centre with a clearer understanding of how many patients have been treated, and where there is a greater need for the Centre’s services.
Having seen not only all of this data, but also the new strategic plan Jared is very excited to continue supporting the Poche Centre’s past ventures whilst working on its new ones. Colgate Oral Health Promotion Conference
Vita Christie, senior project officer, attended the conference on 14 and 15 March which provided her with the opportunity to understand more about the initiatives and established programs taking place in Oral Health Promotion around Australia and particularly in the areas of maternal health and fluoride varnish. This conference tied in well with the Poche Centre’s focus on healthy teeth, one of the key aspects of the three year strategy.
Vita has been working on a financial reconciliation of the past few years at the Poche Centre for the purpose of financial planning for the three year strategy. Thanks to Richard and Asim in Finance for your patience and advice.Allied Health Review
Sincere thanks to Professor Michelle Lincoln who completed a review of allied health services to inform our Healthy Kids
Strategy. A copy of the review is available here
. Vita and Edie will work with Michelle, the Health Sciences Faculties and the organisations that host allied health services for the Poche Centre to implement the recommendations of the Review.Agreements and funding submissions
Vita has been working with Kylie and Office of General Council to design three-year agreements between Poche Centre and the service organisations that work with us. We have also been preparing submissions for funds to expand our service network. Mobile clinic
In 2011 the Poche Centre received funds from the Commonwealth to set up a clinic in a rural or remote area which will contribute to clinical teaching and training. For reasons unforeseen we have not been able to proceed with a physical building and have decided to use the money instead for a mobile clinic, to provide outreach clinics to various different locations in rural and remote NSW.
The plan is to reach as many areas as possible with a range of services and to coordinate the service with student attendance so as to provide more opportunities for teaching and training. The clinic is going to cost more than the building that was originally planned so the Poche Centre is seeking additional funds to meet the cost.Relationship with AHMRC
Michael continues to work with Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) on the Commonwealth funding review for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander health services, and the development of the costing project for the provision of comprehensive Primary Health Care through Aboriginal Medical Services.Economic Evaluation of Peer-led intervention to prevent the adolescents from starting smoking
Michael, along with Clinical Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Dr Smita Shah, continue to conduct an economic evaluation of the Triple A program, a peer-led intervention which aims to prevent adolescents from starting smoking and improves their management of asthma. New website
Our new website is up and running and full of news about what we’re doing and what’s planned, who our clinicians are, stories from students, and research information. Visit our new website at http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/public-health/poche/index.php
.Visits to Peak Hill, Kempsey and Redfern
Kylie visited Peak Hill and Kempsey this month to discuss opportunities for collaboration. It was great to meet such engaged and committed elders and clinicians and we hope we will begin working together in the future. She also went along with cardiologist Raj Puranik to the cardiology clinic at Redfern Aboriginal Medical Service. Raj and the team are doing a great job working with local clinicians and providing important linkages between the AMS and Royal prince Alfred Hospital. Amy Bolton from Redfern AMS is a key player in making this service work and we were so pleased she was able to join us at the launch. Rabbitohs and Souths Cares
Kylie met with Shannon Donato, General Manager of Souths Cares, this month and we expect to work together on some fun and healthy activities for kids very soon.