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Welcome to 2012 "Are you remotely interested... in prevention;
building a culture of safety" Conference


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The 6th Biennial Are you remotely interested Remote Health Conference at the Mount Isa Civic Centre aims to explore, inform and influence policy and practice where it matters.

Organised and sponsored jointly by leading education, research, health, injury prevention organisations across Australia including Mount Isa Centre for Remote and Rural Health, James Cook University, Farm Safe Australia, QLD Injury Prevention Council, North and West Primary Health Care, we will provide outstanding opportunities for working across sectors and within organisational interests with a clear focus on a healthy and vibrant future of Australia's northern remote regions such as outback north and west Queensland.

The theme for this conference, while continuing to build on our past theme of remote possibility, challenge and bringing evidence into practice, will recognise the roles Injury Prevention, Farm Safety, Occupational Health and Safety, Rural and Remote Workforce play in rural Australia health and productive industry outcomes. It will also aim to recognise challenges and developments through Clinical Training and Simulation, Cultural Safety, secondary prevention and chronic disease and Innovation.


Keynote Speakers:
Professor Rob Moodie
  Professor Rob Moodie
Rob Moodie is Professor of Public health at the Melbourne School of Population Health. Prior to this he was the inaugural Chair of Global Health, the Nossal Institute. He first worked in refugee health care in the Sudan and later for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, the Aboriginal community controlled health service in Alice Springs. From there his career in public health and prevention has continued.

Some of Professor Moodie's notable professional positions include:
  • Inaugural Director of Country Support for UNAIDS in Geneva from 1995-98,
  • Chief Executive Officer of VicHealth from 1998-2007,
  • Chair of the National Preventative Health Taskforce from 2008-2011,
  • Member of the Commission on AIDS in the Pacific,
  • Chair (Technical Advisory Panel), Avahan (the Gates Foundation's HIV prevention program in India).
Professor Moodie has particular interests in non-communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS, and teaches a number of courses in Australia (University of Melbourne) and in Mozambique, Belgium and India on public health leadership and health promotion. He has co-edited and co-authored 4 books including Promoting Mental Health, Hands on Health Promotion and his latest, Recipes for a Great Life written with Gabriel Gate.

Dr Barbara Lee
  Dr Barbara Lee
Dr. Barbara Lee is the Director of the National Children's Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. The Centre is a research centre within the Mansfield Clinical Research Foundation (in Marshfield, Wisconsin USA) and is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety.


Dr Lee is a senior scientist within the Institute and her notable positions include:
  • Chair, planning and updating the National Agenda for Childhood Agricultural Injury Prevention,
  • Co-directing the updated national action plan known as the 2012 Blueprint for Protecting Children in Agriculture, and
  • President, National Institute for Farm Safety (1995-1996).
One of Dr Lee's most notable projects was a feasibility study, conducted in 2006 with Dr. Dennis Murphy and in collaboration with agri-business and farm organization leaders, to develop an industry-led coalition that would advance safety for farm workers. As a result of this study, the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) was formally established in 2007, and Dr. Lee serves as its Administrative Director.

Mr Greg Phillips
  Mr greg Phillips
Mr. Gregory Phillips is of Waanyi and Jaru descent from Mount Isa in North West Queensland. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Aboriginal Studies and Government at The University of Queensland (UQ) in 1994, including a one year exchange to California State University, Sacramento, USA. He then worked in Aboriginal education, youth leadership, land rights, healing and addictions in Alice Springs, Burketown, Brisbane and Cairns.

He completed a masters degree in medical science (medical anthropology) by research at UQ in 2001. His thesis, Addictions and Healing in Aboriginal Country, was published as a book by Aboriginal Studies Press in 2003. Greg then wrote an accredited national curriculum framework for Indigenous Health in Australian and New Zealand medical schools (2004), established the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network (LIME -2005), co-wrote a national Indigenous Health workforce policy - The Blue Print for Action (2008), and established the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation in the wake of the Federal Apology to Indigenous Australians (2009). He has advised Federal and State Ministers on Indigenous Health equality.

Mr Phillips is currently acting Head of School of the School for Indigenous Health at Monash University, Melbourne, and is completing his PhD on cultural safety and medical education.

Dr Jim Helmkamp
  Dr Jim Helmkamp
Dr. Helmkamp holds a BS in Biology from the University of South Carolina, an MS in Environmental Health from Tulane University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to beginning his current position as a Senior Epidemiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Western States Office in Denver in 2009, he was the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center and a Professor in the Department of Community Medicine. Before beginning his academic career in 1997, he retired from the U.S. Navy after 25 years of active service. He has made over 90 oral and poster presentations at state, national, and international conferences and symposia, and has authored or co-authored over 100 articles in peer-review journals.

Dr. Helmkamp is a Fellow in the American College of Epidemiology. He received the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. His current research interests include occupational health surveillance in the Western U.S. and ATV safety in work settings.

Dr Sharon Willcox
  Dr Sharon Willcox
Dr Sharon Willcox is the Director of Health Policy Solutions, an independent health consulting company, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Willcox, together with Professor Stephen Duckett) is the author of the 2011 textbook, The Australian Health Care System, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the structure, performance and future reform directions for Australian health care services.

In 2008 Dr Willcox was one of ten people appointed by the Prime Minister to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission to develop a long-term health reform plan for the Australian health system, with most of the Commission's recommendations currently being implemented by governments.

Most recently, she has led a major consultancy for the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority to develop the pricing framework for public hospital services. The pricing framework identifies how the national efficient price will be set for hospitals funded under activity-based funding, as well as identifying criteria for when block grant funding should be used, including for rural and remote hospitals.

Prior to setting up her consulting company in late 2005, Dr Willcox had over 25 years experience working in the Victorian and New South Wales health departments, the Health Issues Centre and the Cancer Council Victoria. This included a leading role in the negotiations of the 1998-2003 and 2003-2008 Australian Health Care Agreements for funding public hospitals, reforming health system governance, prevention, consumer participation and improving public reporting on health system performance.


Professor Sabina Knight and the MICRRH conference team.




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