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Support for flood-impacted communities

RDN recognises the numerous changes and challenges facing primary health care settings across NSW due to the floods, including concerns for the health and wellbeing of health professionals themselves.

Our current efforts are focused on providing support services to rural health professionals and communities.

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RECOVERY EMAIL

Our team is available on recovery@nswrdn.com.au

 

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

> GOVERNMENT UPDATES

Check the NSW and Australian government websites for the latest information about flooding in NSW.

 

> WELLBEING AND SELF-CARE RESOURCES ON #RURALHEALTHTOGETHER

On #RuralHealthTogether you can find information and support for looking after your wellbeing during times of crisis. 

 

> assistance and support ON RURAL HEALTH PRO

On Rural Health Pro you can find an overview of key recovery grants and assistance available to support the rural health workforce and relieve some of the costs of rebuilding practices.

A community and content platform, Rural Health Pro is powered by RDN and provides a hub to share knowledge, support, training, resources and funding opportunities.

 

NSW FLOOD WORKFORCE RESPONSE REGISTER AND MATCHING SERVICE

We recognise the importance of an agile and responsive health workforce during these rapidly changing times. Our NSW Flood Workforce Response Register has been opened and is building a database of health professionals, ready to provide on-the-ground and telehealth support.

 

> WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORT IS NEEDED?

RDN is working to identify the support required by rural facilities, practices and individuals. Some examples of support may include:

  • A general practitioner or nurse, based in their home town, providing telehealth consultations to a remote location.
  • Practice managers providing remote leadership and support to a site impacted by floods.
  • A recently retired health professional assisting in their area of expertise.

 

> REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN PROVIDING SUPPORT

We seek Expressions of Interest (EOI) from GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and specialists who can provide placement or telehealth support to communities.

RDN will work to match individuals with sites that suit their background, skills and experience; look to provide upskilling and training if needed; and offer onboarding support.

If you can help, please complete the below Expression of Interest form and a member of the Workforce Team will be in touch.

 

> REQUEST FOR SUPPORT

RDN’s Matching Service aims to connect appropriate candidates with practices

We are now calling on general practices in MMM2-7 locations to register their request for additional or replacement workforce coverage.  

If your practice requires additional registered nurses or practice administration staff to support, please complete the following form and RDN will be in touch to discuss your needs in more detail.

 

HEALTH WORKFORCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

We understand the recent flooding may have impacted your ability to complete your Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)-funded course, training or conference as outlined in your contract. It may be that your course, training or conference has been postponed or cancelled. Please get in touch with us via hwsp@nswrdn.com.au as soon as possible to discuss your situation and options. 

 

OUTREACH SERVICES

> INFORMATION FOR OUTREACH HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, HOST FACILITIES AND SUBCONTRACTORS PROVIDING RDN-FUNDED SERVICES

In light of the evolving situation and the heightened risk environment, we remind all stakeholders involved in delivering outreach services to continue to exercise extreme caution when providing care to rural, remote and Aboriginal communities in NSW. RDN supports the continued provision of outreach services if and when it is safe for the patients, communities and health practitioners involved.

RDN will uphold the principle of local discussion-making and support locally identified solutions to maintain patient access. Our priority is to keep rural and Aboriginal communities safe during this time. 

For more information please get in touch with the Outreach Team.

 

> OUTREACH CONTACT INFORMATION

RDN’s Outreach Team 

outreach@nswrdn.com.au or phone 02 8337 8100.

 

The Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report 

Building resilience and mitigating risk in our rural communities calls for long-term risk management, planning and deploying solutions based on our collective experience, emerging science and technology, and latest research. The 2021 Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report (The NDER Report), developed with leaders in the NSW health sector, provides recommendations to guide efforts towards greater resilience and more informed emergency management responses in NSW.

Read the Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report

 

Working together to lay the foundations for rebuilding and recovery

NSW Rural Health Natural Disaster and Emergency (NDE) Stakeholder Group, which comprises more than 35 state and national government and peak body agencies. 

We first came together to collaborate and synchronise resourcing in response to the 2020 bushfires and COVID-19.The 2021 Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report is the result of these efforts, focusing on the critical role of primary health care. The group has reconvened to support the flood emergency response and recovery efforts.

Members of the NDE Group include:

  • Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC)
  • Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM)
  • National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP)
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA NSW)
  • GP Synergy
  • Medical Benevolent Association of NSW (MBANSW) 
  • Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA)
  • Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Department of Health
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Remote Vocational Training Scheme, Operations Manager (RVTS)
  • Resilience NSW
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZP)
  • Rural Doctors Association (NSW)
  • Western NSW PHN
  • Hunter New England Central Coast PHN
  • Sydney North PHN
  • Healthy North Coast

We would like to thank these organisations for their contribution to the NDE Group and for sharing their feedback and advice to enable information aggregation and support decision making for health services, the health workforce, the community care workforce and – ultimately local communities.