FHL e-News July 2013

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FHL e-News July 2013

In this edition:


Welcome from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to our first eNewsletter!  As you all know FHL is the new kid on the block for engaging the next generation health leaders in Australia in areas of health reform.  We are working hard to bring together organisations and individuals to improve health outcomes for all Australians and importantly want to engage you in this process.

This issue will inform you of some of our upcoming events, ways in which you can be involved with FHL and areas of advocacy that we have been involved in.  Importantly, we are working on increasing avenues to allow you to help shape Future Health Leaders and guide us in areas of advocacy that you are passionate in.  

Make sure you keep an eye out on our website, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed (@FHLchat) to keep up to date with what's going on in the land of FHL, we honestly do have some exciting news coming up!

We hope you enjoy this issue,

Dan and Shannon

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Council Nominations open 29 July!

Do you want to be a part of a dynamic, innovative organisation? Are you passionate about health issues in Australia and abroad?  Well becoming a Future Health Leaders Council Member may be right up your alley!

We are looking for leaders from all walks of life to become a part of our team, so if you have the passion and commitment to improve the health of people in Australia as well as our surrounding neighbours then get clicking and be sure to nominate yourself for a position on our Council.

Click here to find out more information about this.

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Shaping Tomorrow Today - FHL's inaugural Conference

Future Health Leaders believes that it is possible for students and early career health professionals to become health leaders in their communities. Shaping Tomorrow, Today! was an opportunity to inspire you to what is possible in your health career; and to be inspired by you and your ideas. 


The inaugural Future Health Leaders Conference took place in Adelaide on 1-2 September 2012.  It saw over 300 of Australia’s brightest health students and early career health professionals come from all across Australia to attend. This conference was a first of its kind, bringing together Australia’s next generation of health professionals in an interdisciplinary setting to discuss possible solutions and priorities for the health issues facing us today and into the future.

The conference saw two days of engaging and motivational keynotes, showcasing of ingenious programs, interactive session formats, and successful networking opportunities. The program provided a mix of local, national and international speakers across the agreed 5 most pressing issues for Australia’s health system - Global Health, Indigenous Health, Mental Health, Rural Health and Workforce Innovation.


Active social media posting, use of a conference app, integration of social media communication in the Q&A panel discussion and interactive presentations at the opportunities summit along with the ‘leave your mark’ wall and video booth (see videos here) provided ample opportunity for all participants to engage and contribute to the discussion. 


For the FHL council the conference provided the opportunity to hear from, engage with and share the vision of the best health outcomes for all Australians. The key outcomes from the conference included a commitment to leadership development, mentoring of future generations, facilitation of knowledge sharing and collaboration and engagement of future health leaders.


From the perspective of the delegates, well they said it themselves:

“A diverse range of professions, backgrounds and experiences- A collection of bright eyes, open minds and fresh perspectives. Network-building, idea-sharing, resource-pooling- Discussions about what was, what is and what might be. Passion. Enthusiasm. Innovation. These words attempt to capture the magic and spirit that was the inaugural Future Health Leaders Conference.” Tiffany Williams, Dietician SA

“This opportunity has opened many doors for me, through networking with not only other speech pathology students but with other medical/health professionals. A huge thank you for allowing me to experience this opportunity of a lifetime, to further my knowledge and to increase my drive to work in rural and remote Australia. “ Caitlin Luke, Speech Pathology Student SA

“As a junior doctor, I cannot imagine a better way of inspiring me to do better with my career than attending the [Future Health Leaders] Conference. The vast array of amazing speakers and the brilliance, enthusiasm and drive to make a difference of the delegates made it the best conference I have ever attended." Michael McGee, Junior Medical Officer

These conference outcomes have been integrated into the Future Health Leaders Work Plan 2013-2014. For more information on the conference and the full outcomes document including the outcomes from the five streams please visit the conference archive page.

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Coming to a place near you - FHL Forums


As a key outcome from delegates at the FHL 2012 conference, FHL listened to what you want and is working hard to organise a range of innovative and fun leadership events to various locations across Australia in 2013 and 2014!

We have already held a leadership forum at the National Rural Health Conference in April, and have another FHL and Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) Leadership Workshop planned for 28 August, as a part of the ACHSM Conference in Canberra. 

Our next showcase leadership event, ‘Plant the seed harvest the potential is coming to Charles Sturt University campus @Orange, central-western NSW!! So Save the Date - 21 September 2013 - for a memorable, fun, inspiring weekend in Orange talking about a range of rural and remote health issues and why leadership is important.


So make sure you lock it in, and share the info with colleagues, friends and organisations. AND keep watching this space... You can stay informed about the Forum by following all the conversations on Facebook, Twitter, FHL website and Linked In.

Future forums are being planned for Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Port Macquarie. Online discussion forums are never too far away for anyone to participate in. Look out for the launch of the online discussion forums in the next few months. 

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Rural Health Photography Competition

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FHL at the National Rural Health Conference

Strong commitment, bright future was the theme for the 12th National Rural Health Conference and the proceedings of the conference certainly helped inspire delegates and provide future direction for addressing issues that affect the health of rural and remote Australians. Many speakers, keynote and concurrent alike, called for delegates, organisations and governments to continue to build progress on issues that have previously been identified that contribute to poorer health outcomes for those living away from metropolitan areas.

For the five Future Health Leaders Council members that attended the conference (Matt Cane, Alice Munro, Sian Draffin, Amy Stephenson and Shannon Nott), the proceedings kicked off with a pre-conference workshop called “The difficult rural health leadership conversations we need to have.” This workshop was run in conjunction with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN).

For the full story, click here.

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FHL Advocacy


FHL has been involved in a number of HWA projects, primarily through consultation with project managers.  Most recently, FHL has provided input into the following projects:

•  Health LEADS Australia

•  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework

•  Nursing Workforce Retention and Productivity

•  National Medical Training Advisory Network

Additionally, FHL's Co-Chairs Shannnon Nott and Ross Roberts-Thomson (now past Co-Chair) met earlier in the year with Minister Plibersek's health advisor, Paul Nicolarakis to discuss FHL's key priorities for 2013-14 as well as our conference outcomes.

FHL is also working with a number of early-career health organisations and health student organisations to work on joint policies and find mutual areas for collaboration through our stakeholder forums.

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HWA Update


Health Workforce Australia (HWA) founded Future Health Leaders. HWA is a Commonwealth statutory authority that delivers a national, coordinated approach to health workforce reform. In the words of the former CEO of HWA, “Health Workforce Australia is supporting Future Health Leaders to build a strong relationship that helps us deliver the shared goal of building a sustainable health workforce that meets the future healthcare needs of all Australians”

HWA has a string of exciting programs, publications and consultations on a range of issues pertaining to the information, analysis and planning of health workforce, learning and training, support, supervision and management of workforce and innovation and reform within the health sector.

In 2012, HWA Released the Health Workforce 2025 – a workforce projection document in three volumes. The first two focus on doctors, nurses and midwives, the third on individual medical specialities. The three volumes of the document and a summary can be accessed here.

Some of the recent and current work includes

·      National Rural and Remote Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategy

·      Nursing retention and productivity consultation

·      Online Health workforce and training database

·      International Medical Graduate Orientation and Supervision Consultation

·      Multimedia resource on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers

For more details visit their website at hwa.gov.au or read their newsletter.

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Member Profile - Amy Stephenson

Name: Amy Holmes Stephenson 

Nine to Five (well mostly):  From Spalding in Mid North South Australia - part-time dietician, part-time ‘Eat Well Be Active’ Health Promotion Officer, part-time farmer, netball coach and player.

Passion:  Improve the health outcomes of our rural and remote Australians, by improving access to services, health awareness and their ability to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods.

Pumped me up:  I was incredibly inspired at the inaugural Future Health Leaders Conference in Adelaide 2012 where there were 300 passionate students and health professionals keen to make a difference to improve the healthcare throughout both Australia and globally.

Future Health Leaders to me FHL to me is a group of like-minded, driven individuals all with unique perspectives on what an ideal health system should look like, who are passionate about ensuring that all people of our demographic have the information they need to make informed decisions and who are driven to ensure that changes are made and that they are for the better.

You would not know it, but my absolute favourite thing to do is to get everything done so that I can curl up by the fire guilt-free with a good book, a glass of wine (or two) and some cheese and crackers (every good dietician knows, it’s everything in moderation).


Amy is currently on the FHL council as the Dietetics and Nutrition representative. View Amy’s full profile.

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Dates for your diary


Some important dates in the next couple fo months:

·      12 August: UNSW SB Dowton Leadership Seminar (Sydney, NSW) - FHL Co-Chair Shannon presenting

·      22 August: PriceWaterhouseCoopers Emerging Leaders Forum (Sydney, NSW) - FHL's Jordan O'Reilly (Occupational Therapy) and Emild O'Donnell representing FHL

·      28-30 August: Australasian College of Health Service Management Congress (Canberra, ACT) - FHL will be running a workshop and talking to delegates about leadership succession planning in the workplace

·      20-21 September: FHL's Rural Leadership Forum "Plant the Seed, Harvest the Potential" (Orange, NSW)

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