Teresa Neale Prize

Applications are now open to Year 5D students for the Teresa Neale Prize. The namesake of this prize was an employee with the Monash School of Rural Health for many years and was an invaluable contributor to WILDFIRE in this time. Without Teresa Neale WILDFIRE would not be where it is today! The Teresa Neale Prize goes to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to rural, remote and indigenous health. Applications close on Friday November 8th - don't hesitate!

WILDFIRE’s 2014 Clayton Subcommittee

Congratulations to the following individuals for obtaining their respective positions on the 2014 Clayton Sub-committee!

President - Suveena Ranzil & Sarthak Tandon
Secretary - Dominic Nowell
Treasurer - Tim Lee
ATSI Rep - Angela Yu
Publications - Viet Nguyen
MWOP - Arushi Jain, Duncan Hamilton & Jake Bray-Butler

2014 is set to be a good year for WILDFIRE and rural health

Annual Dinner Tickets Onsale!

Tickets now on sale!

Buy your tickets from: http://www.trybooking.com/DLZX

Theme: Past, Present and Future - celebrating 20 Years of WILDFIRE and rural and Indigenous health

Join us for an exciting night celebrating WILDFIRE's 20th Anniversary at Annual Dinner.

  • Three Course Dinner and drinks
  • Speakers - celebrating our past and current achievements and an inspirational look into the future of rural health
  • Announcement of the WILDFIRE Council 2014

This is a great opportunity to connect with the club and its members. We welcome past members to see the progression of the club. We would be excited to see future members or those thinking of joining - we recommend this as a good event and opportunity to become involved with the club.

Date: 20th Sept
Time: 6:30pm for 7pm start
Location: Monash Caulfield Campus, Rm H116 (above Marmaduke Restaurant), Melbourne
Tickets: $40

Dress: Semi-formal



WILDFIRE Council 2013 Applications Open

Passionate about rural health? Keen to make a difference? Then apply now to be on the WILDFIRE Council in 2014!

There are a number of positions available – find out what each involves here: http://bit.ly/1c9foiE

To apply, complete the nomination form: http://bit.ly/15cpx8e

Email this to wildfire.secretary@gmail.com by Saturday 7th September.

Voting will open online from 9th-18th September, with the results announced at WILDFIRE’s Annual Dinner & 20th Anniversary Celebration on Friday 20th September (see Facebook page for more details). The newly-elected Council will then attend a handover meeting with the 2013 Council on Saturday 21st September, 9am.

Good luck to all nominees!

WILDFIRE 2013 Council

Royal Flying Doctors Volunteers Needed

The RFDS are calling for volunteers - Check out their message below

The rush is on …. we are in rapid lead up to the Royal Melbourne Show and we are calling for your help - in fact we can’t manage without it!

We are seeking 4 volunteers for each day of the Show, which runs from Saturday 21st September and ends on Weds 2nd October – 12 days in total.

After review of last year’s stand, this year we will include:

·         The Royal Flying Doctor Service Aeromedical Simulator; and

·         The Mobile Dental Care vehicle or Mobile Patient Transport vehicle; and

·         diabetes risk assessments (via questionnaires) offered in a limited number of booths; and

·         children’s interactive activities including badge making or colouring in.

Our volunteering shifts will be from 11am -7pm (9 hours) with breaks for lunch etc – times still to be finalised.

As in previous years we will provide you with entry to the show, a lunch allowance, a Zone 1 travel allowance and a letter of appreciation for your resume post the Royal Melbourne Show event.

We would really appreciate your help.

What we need to know from you at this stage is your availability, please follow the link below and indicate a day that you would be available to volunteer.  We will then draw up the roster and get back in touch with more details.

In total we need a minimum of 48 volunteers, if you have fellow students who would like to get involved please do your best and pass on this information.

All you need to do is click on which days are best for you ...


Paddle Prize Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Julie Halton for her winning entry into the Paddle Prize competition for 2013. The Paddle Prize encourages awareness of Indigenous Health through creative writing and essays. See her poem below:

I am not from the City

I am not from the city,
But I'm not a world away,
My needs are just the same,
And yet I hear you say,
I bring ill health upon myself,
My cries smothered by urban wealth,
Such riches I don't have to share,
Housing, schooling and healthcare,
I find my gold in other ways,
Through family, land and dreaming days,
My legacy, it must live on,
Respect and love should keep me strong,
But it is more than this I need,
Not just a roof and mouths to feed,
My mind and body needs help too,
Both of them, they are the glue,
That helps me cope with so much change,
Intent my life to rearrange,
The do-gooders I can do without,
I want a doctor who is with me,
Who knows what it's about,
But people like this are very rare,
And when a great one is found,
We all have to share,
Why is this so, what have I done,
To make this doctor never come?
So I medicate in other ways,
Through bottle, drugs and vapour haze,
The dreaming is a nightmare now,
To find my way, I don't know how,
The elders try to bring me back,
My mind is just so out of whack,
My kidneys fail, I fall apart,
And then it starts to kill my heart,
But I can't return, it needs to end,
So I drink some more, too late to send,
For help from many hours away,
And so, alone, I die today,
And your thoughts are what, another gone?
How sad, boo hoo, let us move on,
You really don't know what to do,
So let me tell you, this is true,
Change how you think, not way up high,
I learn from you, you learn from I,
Don't do things for me, or to me ever,
But with me, respect what we have together.

-- Julie Halton --

Winner’s Announced!

Congratulations to the winner's of our recent competitions!

Faye Liu - Winner of O-Week Membership Drive - Gray's Anatomy Textbook

Kevin Tree - Winner of the Wildfire Facebook Page Liking Competition - Littman Stethoscope

Rachel Elliot - Winner of NRHSN Database sign up competition - iPad Mini! - thanks to WorkTheWorld

Thanks for entering!

The Paddle Prize 2013


Entries for the Wildfire Paddle Prize are now open!

The Paddle Prize is an annual competition run by Wildfire promoting Indigenous health awareness.

The topic for 2013 is: “Indigenous Australian health promotion: breaking barriers and changing perceptions”
It may refer to any community from remote Indigenous communities to the cities of metropolitan Australia.

The winner of the Paddle Prize will be awarded $300!

Submissions can be in the form of poems, stories, short essays or other format you can think of. Pieces need only be 300-500 words. 

They must be submitted by 12th April 2013 to wildfire.atsihealthadvocate@gmail.com with your name and whether you give permission for your submission to be displayed on the night.

The winner will be announced at the Annual Matthew Campbell Memorial Evening 19th April 2013.

Get writing now to be in to win this prize thanks to Work the World.

JFPP Information Session Tomorrow Wed 6th March

There will be a John Flynn Placement Program Information Session at 6pm Wednesday 6 March at South 1, Building 64 Lecture Theatre.

This is a chance to look at obtaining first hand experience through placements in rural and remote locations on the diverse and exciting world of rural general practice, rural communities and lifestyles on a scholarship program.

John Flynn was the founder of the world's first flying doctor service that has continued to service remote Australian communities for more than 70 years.  John Flynn Scholarships were established in 1997 and are awarded yearly to successful applicants.

There will be pizzas afterwards in the foyer.

See you there!

More Information: https://www.acrrm.org.au/about-john-flynn-placement-program