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The Advocacy in Medicine Workshop, provided by Dr Melissa Stoneham, is an intensive one-day short course that covers the practical aspects of community health advocacy.
Dr. Stoneham has over 20 years of experience within the Public Health Sector and is the Director of the Public Health Institute of WA. She has kindly agreed to run a workshop exclusively for medical students and staff. The workshop is tailored to the WA healthcare system and focuses on strategies that can be taken to any community, in Australia or overseas. The focus is on practical community advocacy and how to avoid the potential patient and professional harms of well intentioned but poorly managed advocacy. Skills covered will include e-advocacy, developing partnerships, framing the issue, and community awareness and education.
Health advocacy applies to multiple contexts within medicine including patient education, assistance with navigating healthcare resources, leadership and social activism. Whether you are a current health professional, medical student, or already practicing, this course is relevant for those interested in
> Indigenous health
> International aid
> Rural and remote medicine
> Women’s and children’s health
> Migrant and refugee health
> Medicine for minorities
> Public health, including e.g. homelessness, IVDU, sexual health, obesity management, cigarette smoking, and creating and environment to make lifestyle changes…
> Influencing policy, including those interested in leadership positions as members of WAMSS, AMSA, and MSAND