Any day that rural, regional and remote health gets an audience with a federal minister is a good day, and NSW Regional Health Partners was delighted on Wednesday to host Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton.
Mr Coulton visited the Newcastle West offices of Primary Health Network Hunter New England and Central Coast, a valued partner of NSWRHP, to discuss the network’s range of activities supporting primary health care professionals.
The PHN-supported Medical Practice Assistant program (with training provided by UNE Partnerships) was the major project featured for discussion.
The minister also received updates on two initiatives spearheaded by NSWRHP: the 60-member Spinifex Network, and the capacity-building, waste-reducing embedded Economist program, which is being delivered in five sites across NSW and South Australia through the expertise of economists with another valued partner, the Hunter Medical Research Institute.
Mr Coulton was briefed by NSWRHP director Professor Christine Jorm; PHN chief executive Richard Nankervis; Professor Jennifer May, Director of the University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health; Dr Shanthi Ramanathan, HMRI’s Health Research Economics Impact Assessment Specialist; Professor Andrew Searles, HMRI’s Associate Director of Health Research Economics; and Dr Donella Piper, Program Manager and Social Scientist for the embedded Economist program at NSWRHP.
Earlier, Mr Coulton had visited the University of Newcastle to announce $680,000 in funding for the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network, an initiative managed by the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.
Watch Mr Coulton meeting with Christine Jorm and Richard Nankervis below.