FHL e-news November 2013

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FHL e-news November 2013

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Hello from our Co-Chairs


Welcome to our November eNewsletter!  Since our first eNewsletter in July, Future Health Leaders (FHL) has been working hard in engaging and supporting student and early career health professionals all over the country. 

In August, our Co-Chairs attended the Australasian College of Health Services Management (ACHSM) Congress in Canberra to encourage health managers to engage with their early career health staff in shaping organisational culture and improving health outcomes through an interactive workshop, keynote presentation and chairing panel discussions with health organisation CEOs.  Many of the attendees were keen to learn how to engage with early career health professionals and work with FHL on developing leadership within the next generation of health workers.

We held our FHL Rural Health Forum in Orange, NSW, in September, our FHL Palliative Care Forum in Brisbane 18 October and have a further workshop coinciding with the HWA conference to be held in Adelaide on 18 November. Further details about the Orange forum appears later in the newsletter.

We also held our council meeting in Adelaide in September and thanked our outgoing council members for all their efforts over the past 2 years, with many of them making up the inaugural FHL Interim Council.  We expect to announce the 2014 Council next month after receiving a record number of applications.

To keep up to date with news as it happens make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter (@FHLchat) and LinkedIn.  We hope you enjoy this issue.

Dan and Shannon


HWA update


Registrations are open until 8 November for Health Workforce Australia’s 2013 conference 'Skilled and Flexible – The health workforce for Australia’s future'. The conference runs from 18th to 20th November in Adelaide. 

General delegate tickets ($600) and concession tickets ($350) are available so get in quick before they close.

At the conference, Future Health Leaders is holding the workshop – “From ‘B’ to ‘Z’: Challenging generational workplace cultures?” on the 18th of November (Details below)

To find out more about the sessions and speakers, and to register to attend, visit the HWA 2013 Conference website www.hwa.gov.au/2013conference

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Adelaide's very own FHL Forum


From B to Z: challenging generational workplace cultures

To all those South Australians who have been waiting for a forum to come to you, here is your opportunity. Future Health Leaders is hosting a pre-conference workshop at the 2013 Health Workforce Australia Conference on Monday 18 November. The Adelaide Forum will give you, as an emerging health leader, the opportunity to challenge current perceptions of what is expected of your generation and what you expect in return from others in the workplace. You will also be able to discover new and innovative ways to develop your leadership skills from the experience of senior leaders as well as influence how they nurture and develop the future generations of leaders.   

Julian Burton OAM, founder of the Julian Burton Burns Trust and Australian of the Year in South Australia 2010, will draw from his experiences of being a sportsperson, a consumer of the health system and a manager of a health organisation to talk about challenges in the workplace.  Daniel Mahony, Co-Chair of Future Health Leaders, will also provide some strategies for engaging and harnessing innovation from the next generation of health professionals. Andi Sebastian from HWA will present the Health Leads framework and what it means for workplaces which will lead into an interactive focused discussion on shaping workplace culture to provide an effective platform to celebrate differences, nurture ambition and foster leadership.  

You can register for the FHL forum only ($50) or the entire HWA conference which includes the forum. Visit www.hwa.gov.au/2013conference to register. For more details on the speakers and updates about the workshop visit the forum page

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Planting the seed for the next generation of rural health leaders!


The future delivery of health services in rural and remote Australia looks brighter after the recent Future Health Leaders (FHL) inaugural rural leadership forum.

Over 110 health students and early career health professionals from across Australia came together at FHL’s Plant the seed, harvest the potential forum in Orange, NSW, to consider the challenges and opportunities for the next generation of rural and remote health professionals. 

The formal proceedings began with an inspiring Welcome to Country address from local Wiradjuri Elder, Jamie Newman. He spoke about the importance of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in helping to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Keynote speaker Dr Tom Calma, the national coordinator for Tackling Indigenous Smoking, discussed how they were working with communities to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues such as tobacco smoking, reconciliation and men’s health.

Mental health issues in the bush was the focus of an interactive address by John Harper, mental health advocate and the founder of Mate Helping Mate.

Delegates also took part in a lively panel debate about a range of rural health issues including the shortage of rural and remote professionals, attracting those professionals to work in rural communities and cultural appropriateness.

In a separate keynote, Dr Sue Page asked delegates to identify the issues for health students and professionals working in rural communities and challenged them to find three solutions to each.

Delegates then attended two interactive breakout workshops, aiming to promote the ‘engage and exchange’ ideas and solutions to current and future health issues in the bush. Topics included leadership in rural clinical environments (conflict resolution, creating change in the workplace and self-care and wellbeing), rural health research, emotional intelligence, leadership scouting, and a consultation on the West NSW Local Health District strategic plan. 

FHL Co-Chair Daniel Mahony also facilitated a workshop on setting the rural agenda for Future Health Leaders, which provided insight into the priorities of the delegates who attended the forum in terms of what FHL can do to advocate for a better future in rural health.

“It was incredible to see so many motivated, young health professionals and students, as well current health leaders, such as CEOs and rural advocates, sharing ideas and engaging in passionate conversations about health reform in the bush,” Alice Munro, Orange forum convener and FHL social work council member, said.

The day concluded with the announcement of the National Future Health Leaders Rural Leadership awards: Emily Marshall – speech therapist (Rural Health) and photography competition winner: Dana Forcey.

A very big thank you to the major sponsors of this event- Health Education and Training Institute (Platinum Sponsor), Charles Sturt University (Host Sponsor) and Western NSW Local Health District (Gold Sponsor). Your generous contributions helped make this so inspiring for the next generation of rural and remote health leaders! Also, a shout out to Health Workforce Australia (HWA), which supports Future Health Leaders. 

A very important final thanks must go to the tireless work of the dedicated Future Health Leaders Rural Forum committee: Shannon Nott, Alice Munro, Haeley Collins, Ged Hawthorn, Peter Simmons, Michael McGee, Angus Brown and Bernie Walsh.

Keep your eye out for our Future Health Leaders Rural Discussion Paper in the next few months – we want to keep engaging and hearing from you about how FHL can advocate for a brighter future for people living in the bush!

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FHL presence at the National Rural & Remote Social Work Conference


FHL Social Work member, Alice Munro, recently ‘got her social work on’ at the very energizing and eye-opening National Rural and Remote Social Work Conference in 

Inverloch (rural Victoria) in July this year.

The Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Work (@AASW_) brought together a dynamic and passionate bunch of speakers and presenters for a jam-packed two days, focusing on a diverse range of hot social work topics.  These included community development projects, refugees, the environment, policy development, importance of clinical supervision and self-care, and use of technology and social media.

Alice was fortunate to get the opportunity to meet the highly regarded AASW President, Karen Healy, and was able to share ideas about key challenges for social work students and early career social workers.

Alice presented a workshop about the imperative for the social work profession to ‘shape tomorrow today’ by developing grassroots leadership skills in the next generation of social workers. She also passionately shared her ideas on developing distributive leadership for the next generation of social workers by utilising social media to ‘engage and exchange’ ideas and visions.

It was also encouraging to see two ‘up-and-coming’ social workers of the future, Emily Gilmartin and Kate McGurk, being recognised for their abilities and great potential by receiving the Martin Butler Scholarship to attend the event.

If you want to check out what went on throughout the conference, head to #ruralsocialworkconference on twitter!

Alice is also pumped up to represent Future Health Leaders at the AASW National Symposium in Melbourne on 23-24 November, after being invited to share early career perspectives about the challenges and opportunities in repositioning social work in a panel discussion! Follow the conversations by going to #AASWNS2013 or visit the website to register or find out more.

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PWC Emerging Health Leaders Workshop


FHL council members Jordan O'Reilly and Emily O'Donnell attended PwC's Emerging Health Leaders Forum on the 22nd August. The evening provided a great opportunity to network with our peers from across the health industry and to discuss key topics that are front and centre for early career professionals. Some of the key concepts that we tackled during our breakout sessions included:

1.    Wellness and prevention:

Our health care system is focused on treating sick people, instead of keeping people well, further fuelling demand for health services. This is putting increasing pressure on already constrained health services, increasing the cost of delivering health care. Prevention is better than the cure, so why aren’t we focusing on keeping people out of the health system? We all know the statistics and the story, Australians are becoming increasingly obese and the incidence of chronic disease is rising. Participants at PwC’s Emerging Health Leaders Forum proposed that wellness and prevention should be driven by 4 key areas: Government and Regulation, Data and technology, Personal responsibility and Employers and Workplace.

2. Partnerships and incentives

The groups discussed ways to break down silos in our health system, with a particular focus on research. There are opportunities for cross sector collaboration, to learn from each other and to share best practice in order to improve health outcomes. There are many good relationships and networks within research institutes but translating this into positive practical outcomes is more difficult. Participants agreed that developing greater links between research bodies and industry is one of the key factors for success.

3. Consumer centricity:

We have seen a rise in consumer-centricity in so many other industries. Consumer expectations for personalised products, services and experiences are beginning to impact the role that people want to play in their health care. Now is the time for change as various health financing reforms are being embedded into practice.

4. Digital, new media and technology:

In the last 10 years there has been a radical transformation in the way we communicate, socialise with each other, shop, do our banking, find information, disseminate information, manage our lives, view entertainment and consume media. New technologies, new media (social media) and digital advances have “creatively destroyed” many industries and there is a great opportunity for health to be transformed by these drivers. We discussed ways that government, health providers and health payers can better facilitate the use of technology in health.

Thanks to PwC for hosting the event and we are looking forward to more opportunities to collaborate with our peers! 

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Get to know your council


Sian Draffin – Speech Pathology Representative

Nine to Five: Speech Pathologist at the Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service

Passion: Contributing to greater communication outcomes for indigenous populations as well as those living in rural areas. I am also very passionate about inter-professional collaboration in communities to deliver health services effectively and efficiently.

Pumped me up: I've seen the inequities in health services between cities and the bush so I advocate consistently for increased services not only locally but within my profession. I'd like to see our generation close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous health outcomes. In particular, I'm involved in a local Otitis Media program and educate surrounding schools on how to increase literacy outcomes for our children to target some of these priorities.

Future Health leaders to me is about tackling the big issues of health in a down-to-earth, grass-roots and interdisciplinary way. Being involved in FHL is about using innovation to address the future issues of health, being surrounded by like-minded and passionate health professionals, teaching students and colleagues that they can make a real difference to the way health care services are delivered to achieve better patient outcomes.

See Sian’s full profile here

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