The RAHC eLearning modules were built out of an identified need for introductory training and information for Health professionals interested in remote health work. Because RAHC were approaching urban based health professionals there was an identified need to build out training materials into an online format so that they could reach their audience, putting their health professionals learning and preparation first by give them access to knowledge anytime, anywhere. The eLearning program is significant in that it involved the transformation of 15 courses, of which the majority were traditionally face-to-face training resources, into completely online based eLearning modules. All of the modules had to be guided by evidence-base practice and best practice clinical and above all, sound learning principles. They needed to be interactive and involved while incorporating a sturdy and structured platform that was stable enough to ensure access for our health professionals that may be logging in anywhere from Brisbane in QLD to Borroloola in the NT.
Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) was established in 2008 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under The Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme: Stronger Futures Northern Territory to “address persistent challenges to accessing primary healthcare services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people in the Northern Territory”. In particular, RAHC was set up to “… recruit, culturally orientate and deploy health professionals to enable the provision of increased primary health care services to assist in addressing the shortfall in health service delivery in remote Indigenous NT communities” with a “focus on recruiting urban-based health professionals”.
In summary RAHC is designed to increase the pool of urban-based health professionals available for work in Indigenous communities by attracting, recruiting and orienting them and then providing ongoing support and training to successfully assist the health professional to make the transition to remote practice.
RAHC engaged Janison to help build the suite of modules in 2009 and more recently in 2016 they have upgraded their eLearning site to Janison’s latest Cloud-based Learning System. “We are extremely happy with the professionals service, expertise and support that Janison has provided us over the years which has led to the RAHC eLearning modules being such a resounding success in their field of preparation for Remote health professionals wishing to work in the Northern Territory. We would highly recommend Janison and their produces for any online eLearning solution.” Aaron Richardson, Clinical Coordinator.