It’s been a busy time at TRACS WA, we hope you have been able to attend at least one of the three Communities of Practice events held since April.

In April Dr Linda Friedland presented to over a hundred participants both onsite and via VC. This event was very well received with attendees being taken through beautiful imagery to learn/reaffirm how to be resilient in the workplace, particularly in the face of change. 

 We hope you are all practising her top ten tips below:

 

On the 20th May we had a presentation from internationally renowned rehabilitation specialist and researcher Professor Lynne Turner-Stokes, along with two local speakers from community rehabilitation services, Shareenah Virahsawmy (Armadale Community Rehabilitation) and Sarah Whittaker (Rehab in the Home, Fremantle Hospital). This event marked the first time a CoP has been held at the newly opened Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Clinicians were inspired by the data and research presented by Professor Lynne Turner Stokes and the cost-implications of her research. Comments from attendees included “Prof Lynne Turner Stokes presentation was very interesting and extremely insightful”,” Enjoyed and learnt from all speakers”, “networking was great”, as well as “useful putting a face to metro therapists as I am a therapist working rurally”.

On 2 June, we were pleased to support the delivery of a Workshopping with Aboriginal Health Professionals event. 100% of the participants stated they would recommend this CoP to other health professionals. Overall, participants strongly agreed they had increased their knowledge of Aboriginal culture and ways of working effectively with Aboriginal people.

There were very positive comments with regard to the workshop format, which included the trialling of “Group Maps” by the TRACS WA team and group facilitation led by members of the South Metropolitan Population Health: Aboriginal Health Unit. Participant comments included:  “the facilitation process (flow) open discussion was great!”, “group discussion, listening to other clinicians perspective” and "listening to other's perspectives, networking and resources were all excellent and gave us lots of areas to explore".

TRACS WA will continue to work together with Aboriginal Health providers. Recently, planning has commenced on a rural event which will include a panel of Aboriginal health professionals delivering a question and answer style event via video conferencing.