- Written by David Guest, NRGPN Chairman 2014-2015
"May you live in interesting times." - Chinese curse.
The past 18 months have been a period of imporatnt consolidation for the Northern Rivers General Practice Network (NRGPN). Our focus has been on keeping our members informed of local medical issues through GPSpeak's multiple presences of website, bimonthly online magazine and fortnightly newsletters. In September this year we extended our reach through the first hard copy edition of GPSpeak in two and a half years. This was truly the ‘re-birth’ of a legend, as the magazine had previously been published for nearly two decades, to significant acclaim.
We believe, and certainly hope, the print version of GPSpeak will provide a voice for GPs to make known their views on local health matters, not only to other health professionals but to the community at large.
- Written by staff
Lismore-based Jullums Aboriginal Medical Service celebrated an open day under its new name on 17 November with song, dance, moving speeches and an enjoyable lunch for all community members who attended.
The Jullums name is a detail of the painting ‘Four Jullums’ which features on the signboard outside the Uralba Street premises, opposite Lismore Base Hospital.
Bundjalung artist Adrian Cameron – whose work will be on the cover of the forthcoming Summer edition of GPSpeak magazine - created the striking painting.
“This painting represents our people from the 'Widjabul Bundjalung' coming together in the form of 'Jullums',” Adrian explained.
“They are sitting around the meeting circle talking about individual health problems. The herbs, plants and berries represent the medicines used for wounds and illness.”
The AMS provides medical services for Indigenous patients from the city and surrounding areas, offering cover for five days a week, and a holistic health approach.
There is a close liaison with Rekindling the Spirit, a local community organisation run by Aboriginal people to benefit Aboriginal families.
- Written by Sharon-marie Hall
In 2009, Bessel Van Der Kolk and colleagues worked on defining Developmental Trauma for the purpose of inclusion in the DSM5. It was not included in the much-criticised 2013 update of the Manual, but real life tends to lead the way, and it is well accepted that people have been treated for this condition for some years.
- Written by Staff
In a series of journal articles co-authored with collaborators who included the University Centre for Rural Health North Coast’s Lesley Barclay and Shawn Wilson, then-doctoral researcher Liz Rix raised important questions relating to the provision of hemodialysis services to Indigenous people.
As the title of one paper (Rural and Remote Health, 3/6/14) bluntly put it, ‘Can a white nurse get it?’
- Written by Andrew Binns
As a friend and health advisor to Adrian Cameron over many years I have always found his artwork has had a deep impression on me. It has a strong connection with the Bundjalung Nation and depicts an ancient cultural connection to the land, animals and the Dreamtime.
Through his work I have gained a better understanding of the Bundjalung culture as well as the ramifications of socio-economic disadvantage of Indigenous people living in our community.