FHL e-News May 2014

FHL e-News May 2014

FHL e-News May 2014

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Hello from our Co-chairs


Welcome to another exciting edition of FHL eNews! 2014 is shaping up to be a very busy year for FHL and we are continuing to organise awesome events around the country. Check out the articles below which cover events planned for Melbourne and Canberra. We are also pleased to announce that Shannon Nott finished his term as Co-chair and handed the reins to Emmanuel Gnanamanickam who was elected as the new co-chair for the next two years. On behalf of FHL, Health Workforce Australia (HWA), our stakeholders and members we would like to thank Shannon who has been the spearhead behind FHL since its inception and wish him well in his future endeavours. Learn more about Emmanuel in the article below. 

FHL also want you to get more involved in health across the country. An FHL advisory group (FHLAG) has been set up for the Western NSW Local Health District to inform local planning, strategy and decision making. More information about this group can be found in the article below. If you have ideas about how we can work similarly in your local area, please get in touch through our Twitter handle, Facebook page or via hello@futurehealthleaders.org.au

Since our last e-newsletter FHL has been involved in quite a few activities and we hope the stories below gives you a glimpse into what the FHL Council has been up to and how you can get involved.

Dan and Emmanuel


FHL 2050

Are there deficiencies in the current health system that you think need addressing? Have you witnessed or learnt things about health in Australia that make you feel frustrated? Do you want to make sure that we are not discussing the same issues by the time you retire?

Although Australia has great healthcare envied by many other nations, we recognise that there are many areas which need improvement. Future Health Leaders is dedicated to helping address issues of concern and improving health outcomes for the nation.

FHL 2050 is a new project which will establish the top 10 goals for Australia's current health students and early career health professionals to achieve by the middle of the 21st century. These goals will form the basis of future work for FHL and help FHL to effectively advocate for positive changes to health in Australia.

In 2015, FHL will be launching several campaigns to promote this project and provide opportunities for you to get involved, voice your opinion or just hear more. Look out for information on social media and our website.



Moving Forward Together! Leadership and Partnership

Canberra – Indigenous Health Forum (Saturday 24 May 2014)

Join us for the Indigenous Health Forum in Canberra on Saturday 24 May 2014. Moving Forward Together! Leadership and Partnership aims to engage a wide range of students and early career health professionals from different disciplines on issues related to delivering services to Indigenous people, including the curriculum taught to health professionals at universities.

It is well known and acknowledged that there are significant gaps in life expectancy and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Leadership and partnership values are essential in working towards ‘closing the gap’. As the next generation of health professionals, we are committed to closing the gap to ensure all Australians have the opportunity to grow old and live healthy lives. Future Health Leader’s Indigenous Health Forum - Moving Forward Together! Leadership and Partnership will inspire you to contribute to decreasing the burden of disease.

Focusing on local initiatives, keynote speakers include:

Bruno Aloisi, ACT Health (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health Services Team) who will discuss local initiatives and partnership opportunities in Indigenous health.
Danielle Dries, an award winning medical student and physiotherapist, who has spent much of her career working and researching the gaps in health in Australia.
Daniel Mahony, FHL Co-Chair who will be discussing the importance of partnering and leadership to close the gap and how we can encourage this.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive workshops run by:

Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA): this leadership workshop will be run with the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre and will be based on their two day course.
Winnunga Aboriginal Health Service: delegates will be given the opportunity to discuss and participate in some of the local service activities run by Winnunga.

Registration fees:

• Students – $50
• Early career professionals – $60

Click through to the event page and grab your ticket now. Hurry, places are limited.

You can also find out more about the Indigenous Health Forum on the FHL Facebook page and by following us on Twitter.


Inspiring Ideas Forum

Melbourne (Saturday 28 June 2014)

We believe students and early career health professionals can make a significant contribution to improving the health of all Australians. We know that some of the simplest ideas can have the biggest impact and we want to inspire the next generation of health leaders to turn their ideas into action.

On Saturday 28 June 2014, FHL is hosting a one-day forum in Melbourne. The Inspiring Ideas Forum will include three dynamic and exciting sessions: ‘Engage’, ‘Challenge’ and ‘Innovate’, which will provide delegates with key skills to turn their ideas into reality. The forum will be held at the University of Melbourne.

The ‘Engage’ session will showcase innovative programs that are creating positive change in their communities. Speakers from successful student and early career lead projects, such as Realising Education and Access in Collaborative Health (REACH), will present an insight into their organisations and enlighten delegates on how they were inspired to make a difference.

The ‘Challenge’ session will be interactive, encouraging participants to identify problems or improvement opportunities within their day-to-day life.

‘Innovate’ is the third session where delegates will attend workshops to put into practice what they’ve learnt. Participants will be encouraged to pick an everyday problem, identify their target and a solution before presenting how they will initiate change.

Tickets to this event also include entry to 'Celebrate' - the evening social networking event which will be held after the forum at Rydges on Swanston Street, 100m from the forum venue. Delegates will also have the opportunity to create a lasting professional network whilst enjoying complimentary canapés and drinks on the spectacular rooftop pool deck.

Registration fees:

• Early bird FHL student* member  – $65
• FHL student* members – $75
• Early bird FHL early career professional member  – $85
• FHL early career professional member – $95
• All non-FHL members – $110

Remember signing up to become an FHL member is free and takes just a few minutes! Register now to become a member.

If you’re interested in attending this fantastic event (and tickets are limited) please visit the event page and fill out our online expression of interest form. We’ll let you know as soon as registrations go live in a couple of weeks and also send you the dates for the early-bird tickets.

You can also get updates about the Inspiring Ideas Forum on the FHL Facebook page and by following us on Twitter.

*Student registrants will need to provide proof of student status on the day of the event. 


Stakeholder Forum Outcomes

Future Health Leaders held their last bi-annual stakeholder forum on 5 December 2013 in Sydney. A number of representatives attended to share their achievements and concerns including representatives from the Australian Medical Students Association, Australian Indigenous Doctors Association, Australian Dental Student Association, Australian Physiotherapy Association, National Rural Health Students’ Network and Student Paramedics Australasia.

It was interesting to learn that most students and early career professional organisations are focused on the same issues as FHL: attraction and retention of health professionals to rural areas, mental health, and Indigenous health.

The stakeholder representatives and FHL members:

• Identified topics and issues where collaborative work would be beneficial.
• Encouraged FHL to adopt a student health and well-being strategy that focuses on mental health based on the Australian Medical Health Students Association (AMSA) policy as a starting point.
• Agreed FHL should appoint a member as a representative in the ‘Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health’ meeting. This discussion panel is an apolitical group that facilitates discussion on topics and issues relating to the mental health of young people.

The stakeholder groups will meet with FHL again on 30 May 2014 to progress working together on some of the other issues identified.

Stakeholders from all represented professions are encouraged to attend. If you would like your organisation to attend future meetings please contact us on hello@futurehealthleaders.org.au

Expand your knowledge: Human Resources for Health

Attracting and retaining skilled health workers to work in the areas of greatest need is a universal, global challenge.

Developed countries are all experiencing projected workforce shortages and there is an increasing gap between the health services the community wants and the health services they can afford.

To gain a better understanding of this universal challenge, there is need to build the evidence through high-quality research that shows how different countries are attracting and retaining skilled health workers and enabling them to work where they are most needed.

This body of high-quality research brings together the different ways countries are meeting the challenge of attracting and retaining their respective workforces.

Health Workforce Australia (HWA) has sponsored the publication of ten articles in peer-reviewed journal Human Resources for Health. Each article is subject to a rigorous and independent review process. The journal shares health workforce research and case studies from health systems around the world and has an international audience. The sponsored articles focus on researching evidence, policies and innovations that attract and retain health workers in under-serviced areas, and improving our understanding of issues related to geographic distribution.

All ten articles can be accessed here.

The FHLAG is flying

The Future Health Leaders Advisory Group (FHLAG) for the Western NSW Local Health District met for the first time in March 2014. This FHLAG is the first committee of its kind across Australia. It consists of enthusiastic new health professionals from across multiple disciplines representing different parts of the expansive western NSW district. This group meets with the CEO of the health district, Scott McLachlan and his executive leadership team to help guide health reform across the hospitals and community teams. Together they are looking for innovation to create an energised health district and to improve health outcomes for all Australians regardless of background, culture or location. The vision of this committee was created through discussions held between Scott McLachlan, Alice Munro (FHL Social Work Representative) and Shannon Nott (founding FHL Co-chair) after the FHL Rural Health Forum held in Orange last year.

The atmosphere at the first meeting was busting with positive vibes and a passion to improve the health for the people of western NSW. Scott, Alice and Shannon were acknowledged for their vision and dedication in setting up the committee and new chairs – Vanessa Hewitt, a junior doctor in Dubbo and Ged Hawthorn, a pharmacist in Orange – were appointed to guide the advisory group in future meetings. The next meeting will focus on a recruitment strategy and information technology for the area.

Future Health Leaders hope that other advisory groups will be created across multiple sites Australia-wide, displaying early career leadership in action.


Get to know your FHL Council

Emmanuel Gnanamanickam, Co-Chair, FHL Council

Nine to five: Public health research at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) at The University of Adelaide. I moderate the national oral health promotion clearinghouse and am also pursuing a PhD in health economics studying the cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of dental insurance.

Passionate about: equitable health outcomes, affordable and accessible positive health environments

Pumps me up: I am inspired by a range of things from emphatic victories in sports to individuals who work against the odds to achieve positive outcomes. What they have in common are the stories of real people with compassion, determination, courage, discipline and hard work – and a combination of these is what pumps me up the most.

Future Health Leaders to me is an opportunity, a voice and a change agent for health in Australia. FHL is about striving towards an environment for excellence in health by celebrating differences (across disciplines, professions and generations), nurturing ambition and fostering leadership.

View Emmanuel’s full profile here.