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Seachange - WAALHIIBE SPINRPHEX Joint Annual Conference

By Jodilee Tangarorang, Third Year Biomedical Science, The University of Notre Dame Australia

WaalhiibeSpinrphexSeachange was the theme of this year’s WAALHIIBE and SPINRPHEX Student Rural Health Club Annual Joint Conference which featured presentations from four inspiring and engaging speakers complemented by interactive workshops.

Anne Carey, registered nurse, midwife and 2016 Australian of the Year (Western Australia), shared her experiences in Sierra Leone as a health professional volunteer during the Ebola outbreak. 
Kathryn Fitzgerald, a speech pathologist living in Geraldton,  spoke about the importance of inter-professionalism and a collaborative team in rural health. 

Professor Marc Tennant focused on his experiences with rural health, the positive impact he had working as a rural dentist and his research into addressing the rising problem of gum disease.

Kingsley Faulkner was the final speaker of the day. He discussed health campaigns and his work at Doctors for the Environment Australia. 
The four workshops covered different health topics and kept delegates engaged. 
A member of the Fiona Stanley Hospital Allied Health Education Team expanded on inter-professional practice and WAALHIIBE and SPINRPHEX members covered topics including dysphagia and hospital feeding; teeth; and ear health.

The trade exhibitions that promoted Australian health care were well visited during the breaks and some lucky delegates went home with a door prize. 
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