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CRANAplus launches Mirii Course designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and Workers
Our brand new CRANAplus Mirii Course is designed to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and Workers with the skills to effectively use clinical care manuals and guidelines, in response to common patient presentations. CRANAplus Deputy CEO & Executive Director of Education, Amelia Druhan reports on its launch in the Territory this October.
The CRANAplus Education team is proud to share that we delivered our first Mirii (star) course at Batchelor Institute, NT, in October.
Mirii is a new program specifically written for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners and Workers. The Mirii course provides participants with the skills to effectively use clinical care manuals and guidelines in response to common patient presentations.
It includes a particular focus on early recognition of the deteriorating patient, and appropriate assessment, treatment, and management of patients in the context of a remote setting. Content and case studies cover both acute and chronic disease presentations.
To celebrate the launch of Mirii, CRANAplus commissioned an artwork by Yuwaalaraay artist Gus Draper.
In the painting, Gus explains that the blue represents people and the green symbolises CRANAplus. The circles on either side represent people gathering for guidance and support. The orange and white dots show the pathway towards Mirii, which serves as a guiding source of light and knowledge.
Under the guidance of CRANAplus’ Executive Director of First Peoples’ Strategies, Dallas McKeown, the Mirii course design fosters a Culturally Safe learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants. The first course at Batchelor was a success for everyone involved.
Day one began with a warm and very generous Welcome to Kungarakan Country from Dr Sue Stanton (pictured below). Dr Sue wished participants well and reminded them of the power they have as health professionals within their communities, and their unique capacity to provide care that is welcomed and Culturally Safe.
Afterwards, we got into the program for the day, which included a review of vital signs and trends, documentation and handover, primary and secondary survey, and recognition, stabilisation and escalation of the deteriorating patient.
Day two started with responding to patients experiencing chest pain, followed by a revision of care for those with renal complexities and dialysis. Recognising and responding to sepsis was also covered in depth and included scenario-based activities requiring the application of sepsis care pathways and interventions. Understanding ear health, the importance of appropriate treatment and management and practising ear assessments on each other rounded out the day.
The third and final day included neurological assessment, paediatric presentations, respiratory assessment and practical skills including fracture management, immobilisation and plaster backslabs, envenomation and bandaging, spinal and pelvic trauma and management including application of pelvic binders. The course concluded with a session on skin assessment and common rashes and conditions.
Participants were enthusiastic and engaged across the three days, enjoying the interactive program, and frequent opportunities to practise skills along the way. Thanks to the generosity of participants, the CRANAplus teaching team was equally rewarded in their learning. Those teaching on the course furthered their understanding of Cultural Safety and appropriate care for First Peoples patients and their families.
For future courses we are keen to have Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners or Workers join our teaching team as Facilitators. If you or someone you know might be interested please connect with Clinical Education Manager Leanne Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been some time since CRANAplus has delivered a dedicated First Peoples’ course so the launch of Mirii marks an important achievement for our organisation. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Education team and Dallas McKeown.
The outstanding work of Clinical Education Manager Leanne Laurie, and Remote Clinical Educators Nicole Smith and Kathy Arthurs, has been integral to reaching this milestone. The work of those ‘behind the scenes’ is acknowledged also, including the contribution of the resource development, equipment, and logistics team under the leadership of Learning Design Manager, Julie Moran.
If you are interested in knowing more about Mirii or would like to enquire about bookings please reach out to us.