It can be challenging for rural health professionals to access education and training that is relevant for practicing in a rural setting. That’s why we run a regular webinar series designed specifically for rural health professionals.  The topics are chosen based on requests we receive so if there is a topic you would like, please let us know.

Enhancing Personal Resilience to Decrease Compassion Fatigue and Potential Burnout

Register Now – https://tinyurl.com/DrMichalBoyd 

Dr Michal Boyd is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing and the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She practices as a nurse practitioner in long term care, and is co-director of Equinox Health Ltd. Her main research and practice interests are the proactive assessment and care coordination for frail older adults and advanced nursing practice.

Dr Boyd is currently national clinical lead for the New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission Aged Residential Care workstream. She is also a member of the Te Arai Palliative Care and End of Life Research group and involved in researching new models of primary healthcare for older people, as well as quality improvement initiatives and end of life care in long-term care facilities.


  • The difference between compassion fatigue & burn out.
  • Tools to recognise personal risk factors for compassion fatigue and burn out.
  • Discuss ways to increase resilience to decrease the risk of compassion fatigue and burnout

COVID-19 and Infection Prevention and Control Measures

Register Now – https://tinyurl.com/COVID-19andIPC 

Ruth Barratt: Independent IPC and quality advisor, Clinical Nurse Consultant IPC Biopreparedness, Westmead Hospital, Sydney

Ruth Barratt is a registered nurse, quality advisor and researcher. She holds a Masters in Infection Prevention and Control and is credentialed at expert level through the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. Ruth’s current role is the development and implementation of infection prevention and control protocols and procedures for the management of a patient with a High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) within the NSW state biocontainment facilities. 


  • The principles of IPC in preventing transmission of COVID-19
  • Breaking the chain of COVID-19 infection
  • How to implement isolation measures
  • Using PPE correctly and safely
  • Education and training staff In safe PPE use

GOING VIRAL:Psychological Thoughts For Staff

Register Now – https://tinyurl.com/w93npfj

DR RUTH ALLEN: Clinical Psychologist, PhDPG DipClinPsyc, PG DipJour, MNZCCP, Clinical Psychologist

Ruth has been a DHB clinical psychologist in adult community mental health for decades, including group and individual psychological interventions such as DBT. She completed a PhD in 2011, and now combines part-time clinical work with education (on mental health, workplace wellbeing, BPD, qualitative research methods), research projects and peer review for academic and community organisations.


  • Inhaling second-hand stress
  • Distress tolerance
  • Acceptance and change
  • Observing our limits
  • Responding to people with premorbid diagnoses
  • What you might want to ask a clinical psychologist about COVID-19?

COVID-19 (Recorded)

 Watch Now – https://youtu.be/Ondpt9z1TAI

BEN HARRIS – Medical Microbiology Scientist

Ben registered as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in 1978. Since then he has had an extensive career in the Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory field. In 1996, he Co-founded and was the Director of EnviroLink Laboratory Ltd (NZ food and water testing laboratory – microbiology). He has numerous publications on mycology, respiratory and urinary microbiology.

His topic will include:
• Are there more emerging infectious diseases than ever?
• Where did they come from? Why?
• What is a R0 value – why is this critical in epidemics?
• SARS could be isolated – why not COVID-19?
• Will the COVID-19 case definition detect most cases?
• How is COVID-19 clinically different from influenza?
• Is asymptomatic carriage a risk for cross infection?
• Are masks effective?
• What is the environmental survival time of COVID-19 ?
• What are effective disinfection and hygiene products?
• What is the mortality rate, which age groups and comorbidities have the greatest risk

    Previous Webinars on Request

    Several webinars available to view on request.
    Please email us for links to:

    • Shock: Different Types & Treatment (Linda Grady)
    • Acute Assessment of Paediatrics (Natalie Cowley)

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