Compass returns!

Compass returns!

The Northern Territory’s largest primary health care event, Compass, has made a successful return after a 3-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Around 500 health care professionals and expert speakers are set to attend the Conference over the next 2 days, after it kicked off at the Darwin Convention Centre this morning.

The 2022 theme of ‘Navigating the way forward’ will be covered in Keynote speeches, presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops during the Conference.

Indigenous health issues and strategies for care, including the rollout of digital health technology to remote areas will also be key topics discussed over the event as well as mental health.

MESCH Nurse team from Sunrise Health Aboriginal Corporation

The Compass Conference is NT Primary Health Network (NT PHN) and Rural Workforce Agency NT’s premier professional development and networking event for people working in primary health care with delegates attending from all corners of the Territory including Nhulunbuy, Tenant Creek and Maningrida.

“This year’s theme of navigating the way forward is an opportunity for our sector to regroup post COVID-19, explore the key learnings but also identify what the opportunities are for the Territory,” said NT PHN CEO, Gill Yearsley.

As part of the Compass Conference, NT PHN funded 30 health practitioners to travel to the event in Darwin from remote areas of the Territory such as Ramingining, Katherine, Barunga, Gapuwiyak, Alice Springs and Galiwinku.

Among them was MESCH Nurse team from Sunrise Health and Katherine GP David Simon.

Dr Simon thanked NT PHN for its support saying the Compass conference provided important networking opportunities for health professionals in remote areas.

“Working in remote areas of the Territory can be isolating and there are many unique challenges so to be able to meet face-to-face with other GPs and discuss some of these issues is fantastic,” said Dr Simon.

Katherine Physiotherapist, Leah Rowlands, who also received a travel and accommodation grant from NT PHN to attend the Conference, agreed.

“As a sole practitioner in Katherine, this is a really good chance for me to connect with other health professionals from my community and find out more about their services, which we wouldn’t normally have the time to do,” she said.

“I’m also excited to broaden my knowledge in different areas to my normal field such as the End-of-Life presentation and cultural awareness workshops.”

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