THE Fairley Leadership Program was hosted by the University of Melbourne – School of Rural Health (Shepparton) on Monday, where they explored the Health and Wellbeing issues of the whole Goulburn Murray region.
The day began with the participants joining in a mindfulness meditation practice with Dr Lisa Shortridge. Tony Triado from the Department of Health provided an over view of the issues we deal with as a community including obesity, diabetes and cancer and how our health is so closely connected to building a vibrant and resilient community.
Prof. Lisa Bourke outlined the important role the University of Melbourne – School of Rural Health to provide opportunities for teaching experiences which in turn builds a pool of talented professionals for the region.
GV Health CEO, Trevor Saunders talked about the influence and responsibility the hospital has as the largest employer in the region. Sandy Chamberlin lead a tour of the hospital redevelopment and explained the logistics of the complex operation.
Sue McConnachie from Murray Primary Health Network extended the discussion on the role of the hospital to explore how we ensure there is equity in access of services across the whole region.
Cindy McGee from Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative challenged the participants to change the paradigm to ‘Closing the Gap’ on aboriginal health and Dr Babak Tamjib, clinical director of oncology reviewed the regional cancer statistics and the implications for supporting people locally for their treatment.
Fairley Leadership Program facilitator, Fiona Smolenaars said “This was a wonderful opportunity for our 2018 participants to learn first-hand about the complexity of health and well-being issues for the communities in the Goulburn Murray region and more importantly the strategies and leadership needed to support the region.
“The aims of the day are to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities around delivery of regional healthcare; to realise the infrastructure needs and logistics of providing health services for the region and appreciate the need for personal wellbeing as a leader.”