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New chronic disease and wound management workshops

NT PHN is partnering with The Benchmarque Group training specialists to deliver small, in-person, interactive workshops on Chronic Disease and Wound Management in Darwin from April 12-19.

The full-day workshops are free with NT PHN’s Health Workforce Scholarship Funding Program available to support remote health workers to travel to the workshops, with grants up to $10,000 available.

NT PHN is committed to providing continuous professional development to support NT health workers to expand their skills and knowledge with chronic disease a high priority area given the Territory is home to some of the highest rates of chronic disease in the country.

The upcoming workshops will help Primary Healthcare Workers better manage chronic disease by identifying risk factors, supporting behaviour change, applying health interventions, and developing effective care plans. The workshops will also cover nutrition programs to assist and prevent chronic illness as well as a focus on the effective management of chronic conditions of the foot.

NT PHN Health Workforce Education Team Lead, Chelsea Newfield, said the workshops series combines chronic disease management and wound management, as the latter is critical to the prevention of chronic illnesses.

“This new hands-on workshop series will equip health workers with the tools to better manage chronic disease, while giving patient wounds the best chance to heal, which will relieve pressure on our hospitals and outpatient clinics,” she said.

Chronic illness costs the health system millions of dollars a year, which is why the Chronic Disease workshops are open to all health practitioners, including Government health workers.

The Wound Management workshops are specifically targeted at Primary Health Care workers so that podiatrists, occupational therapists, dietitians, physiotherapists, orthotists, and prosthetists have the right skills to help relieve the burden on nurses and GPs.

“A whole of sector approach is critical to improving outcomes in chronic disease and wound management,” said Ms Newfield.

Applications to attend the workshops close at 9am on Monday 20 March.

Applications to use the  Health Workforce Scholarship Funding Program to attend the Workshops must be submitted prior to 19 March.

Key Information:

What: New chronic disease and wound management workshops

Who: Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Workers, General Practitioners, General Practice Registrars, Allied Health workers, and Others on application.

Where: Adina Vibe, Darwin (7 Kitchener Drive, Darwin Waterfront)


  • Wednesday 12 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Chronic Disease Care Planning
  • Thursday 13 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Chronic Conditions and Nutrition
  • Friday 14 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Chronic Conditions of the Foot
  • Tuesday 18 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Wound Management: Advanced Practice*
  • Tuesday 18 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Chronic Conditions of the Foot
  • Wednesday 19 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Wound Management: Advanced Practice*
  • Wednesday 19 April 8:30am-4:30pm: Chronic Disease Care Planning

*NT Government health workers are not eligible to attend these workshops

Cost: NT PHN has subsidised the Wound Management workshops to enable this high value opportunity for primary health care practitioners working in non-government organisations. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

The Chronic Disease workshops are funded by the Federal Department of Health under the Chronic Disease Project through The Benchmarque Group to all primary health care professionals, government and non-government organisation employed.

Register for the Chronic Disease Workshops here.

Register for the Wound Management Workshops here.

Apply for the Health Workforce Scholarship Funding here.

For more information go to: https://www.benchmarquegroup.com.au/

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