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Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory


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Date:2008-11; Date of issue: October-November 2008; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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Public Health Network The Public Health Network (PHN) is a forum for health professionals working in the community-controlled sector as well as others with Aboriginal primary health care (and public health) expertise. The PHN is hosted by AMSANT and is supported by our public health staff in Darwin and Alice Springs. The broad aims of the network are: To discuss public health issues that affect Indigenous health in the NT; To inform clinicians of changes to the health service sector, including changes to specialist services and the allied health sector; To obtain feedback from clinicians about barriers to providing primary health care including funding, staffing and wider health system issues, that can inform AMSANTs advocacy and policy work; To provide information to clinicians about AMSANTs current policy and advocacy work and to obtain input from clinicians into this work. The Network is not a lobby group. Issues raised by the PHN are taken by members back to their relevant services to be addressed including through action at Board level if necessary. Issues discussed include: child health checks, child sexual abuse, new child health growth charts, PIRS (Patient Information Recall System), Medicare, PATS, Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program (MSOAP), quality and safety, clinical governance, the Aboriginal Health Forums 19 KPIs, GP recruitment, alcohol policy, pharmacy and various research proposals. The last face-to face meeting in April addressed issues around Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) which has resulted in a separate Forum called the CQI Network (see below). Teleconferences are held monthly with periodic face-to-face meetings. They are now taking place on the first Wednesday or Thursday of every month from 4 - 5:30pm. Dr Liz Moore (PHMO Alice Springs) and Dr Tanya Davies (PHMO Darwin). Network teleconferences take place monthly. OCTOBER ~ NOVEMBER 2008 PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE NOMINATE YOUR BEST HEALTH WORKER Nominations are now open for the third Aboriginal Health Worker Excellence Awards. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise,in partnership with the NT Department of Health and Families, there are three categories: Remote Urban Specialised New practitioner The overall winner will be chosen from these four areas. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 21 November. Nomination forms are available from community health centres, Aboriginal medical services and community councils or online: www.health.nt.gov.au Nominations must be received by October 13. 4 R E A D E R S A R E E N C O U R A G E D T O S E N D T H E I R F E E D B A C K T O b r o n w y n . n e t l u c h @ a m s a n t . o r g . a u