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Professional Learning in Isolation: Developing learning networks of health professionals in regional and remote northern Australia

Wallace, Ruth M. and Turnbull, Beverley J. (2005). Professional Learning in Isolation: Developing learning networks of health professionals in regional and remote northern Australia. In: 13th Annual International Conference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training, Gold Coast, Qld, 5-7 December 2005.

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IRMA ID 77258317xPUB1
Author Wallace, Ruth M.
Turnbull, Beverley J.
Title Professional Learning in Isolation: Developing learning networks of health professionals in regional and remote northern Australia
Conference Name 13th Annual International Conference on Post-Compulsory Education and Training
Conference Location Gold Coast, Qld
Conference Dates 5-7 December 2005
Conference Publication Title Vocational learning : transitions, interrelationships, partnerships and sustainable futures : Proceedings of the 13th annual International Conference
Place of Publication Brisbane, Qld
Publisher Australian Academic Press
Publication Year 2005
ISBN 9781875378944   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 261
End Page 267
Total Pages 7
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract Experienced and specialist health professionals in northern Australia are essential for providing an effective health service in regional and remote communities. To ensure the quality and sustainability of this service provision, health professionals need access to learning experiences at advanced and postgraduate level that support their continued engagement in the community. The impact of regional isolation on professional development can result in experienced health professionals facing stark choices when considering their professional learning or studying to achieve qualifications in specialised areas, that is, whether to remain in the regional community or move to a major city to study and work in a specialist team, knowing the impact on that community as they are difficult to replace. This paper explores the key themes in developing learning networks that support health professionals' engagement in the regional or remote community while undertaking specialised advanced training, with particular focus on the potential of linking on-the-job professional learning experiences, external ubiversity study and regionally based networks to develop multifaceted learning communities that include health professionals in regional and urban areas and health educators.
 
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