NACCHO Aboriginal Health News: Health Professional Expertise Sought for RPHCM Review

Health professional expertise sought for RPHCM review

SA Flinders University’s Centre for Remote Health would like to disseminate an invitation to our health professionals to participate in the review of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals (RPHCM). The manuals are used by healthcare workers, including remote area nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners, doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners, and allied health professionals.

The RPHCM suite was created in 2014 by practising remote health clinicians to support and promote good clinical practice in primary health care in central, northern and remote Australia. The suite of four manuals are: specifically designed for remote practice; current and evidence-based; in plain English and easy to access; and culturally appropriate.

The manuals provide the legislated clinical guidelines for remote primary healthcare staff in the NT, and are also widely used in clinical care, health service systems, education and orientation throughout the NT, remote SA, the Ngaanyatjarra and Kimberley regions in WA, and beyond.

For further information on the RPHCM click here.

In particular, the Centre for Remote Health are keen to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health staff who may join the editorial committee or an expert advisory group.

Click here to download the invitation to participate letter, including an expression of interest form, which introduces the review process and encourages health professionals to collaborate in the project as a reviewer or expert adviser.

Keeping our mob safe – help for mental health and financial support

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Written and supplied by the Australian Government Department of Health, Canberra.

Coronavirus has changed the way we live and connect with people for now. Change can be hard. Many people are having problems, both financially and mentally. During times like this, it is important to know where you can get help.

Social and emotional wellbeing support services

With big changes in our lives, it is normal to feel worried, stressed, sad, tired or angry. Talking with family, friends, or someone you trust can help. You can also talk with an Aboriginal health worker or your GP. There are a range of services to help people who are feeling upset or worried. Don’t hesitate to ask for support when needed and look out for others that you think might need help.

For more information click here.

Share your views to improve the Australian COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

What do you think about the Australian National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce website, and the guidelines and flowcharts for care of people with COVID-19?

You can see them at

The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce want to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in the work of the Taskforce and their guidelines and flowcharts.

They are inviting Australian healthcare practitioners to participate in a brief (15 minute) survey. Participation is voluntary, anonymous, and very much appreciated.

To tell the Taskforce team what you think, please click here before Monday 17 August 2020.

A summary of the results of the survey, including no identifying information, will be used by the Taskforce team to improve their work.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr Tari Turner, Senior Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University on 

The National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce is funded by, the Australian Government Department of Health, the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Walter Cottman Endowment Fund, managed by Equity Trustees.