Guest: Genevieve Nolan
Presenter: Henry Acosta
Guest Bio: Gen has worked at MOVE since September 2011 in the role of Programs Manager, Policy, Information and Programs Unit and has principal responsibility for the coordinati0on of MOVE’s suite of training and education programs. Prior to MOVE, Gen worked in various roles within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. With her extensive experience in project and program management, Gen has the overall responsibility for the successful implementation of the professional webinar series.
Segment overview: In today’s Health Supplier Segment, we welcome MOVE Manager, Victorian Active Ageing Partnership Genevieve Nolan here to talk about the free webinars they are offering health professionals in October and November this year. MOVE muscle, bone and joint health is the new voice of Arthritis and Osteoporosis Victoria. Their work is actively supported by people with arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain and other muscle, bone and joint conditions, as well as our members, volunteers, health professionals, peer support groups, corporate and research partners. At MOVE they undertake a range of initiatives and events to achieve their vision of being a leader in promoting excellence in musculoskeletal health and wellbeing. On October 12 the topic of the webinar will be about the diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis while on November 30 the discussion will be about the diagnosis and management of psoriatic arthritis.
Henry Acosta: This is Health Professional Radio. I’m Henry Acosta the host for this segment. Our guest today is Genevieve Nolan of MOVE, Muscle Bone and Joint Health. She’s been with MOVE for 11 years and she is the Programs Manager, policy information and programs unit. So what she does is, her sole responsibility is for the coordination of moves suite of training and education program. She’s joining us today to talk about how MOVE is the new voice of arthritis and osteoporosis. They are also offering webinars for everyone interested in it, its aim is to provide participants with meaningful skills and knowledge to deliver recommended care for people with musculoskeletal conditions. With all that said thank you for joining us today Gen.
Genevieve Nolan: Great. Thanks very much Henry.
H: Yeah. Well to kick this off I just wanted to ask. Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and how you got started with MOVE?
G: For me personally, actually they’re just slight correction there I’ve been with MOVE for nearly six years and I previously worked in the Victorian Department of Health that’s now the Department of Health and Human Services in a range of positions there. And I just was keen to move into the sort of community-based sector and and work more closely on things more I suppose of the coal face compared to the work I was doing in the Attic at a government level.
H: Oh that’s interesting. And can you tell us about MOVE? What do you guys to do what MOVE and what do you guys offer?
G: Well we are a national organization and our purpose is to improve the quality of life for people who have or at risk of developing must give us little conditions. I guess we’d like to consider ourselves or we think we are definitely the national voice of muscle bone and joint health in Australia. And of course our main focus it’s working with people with muscle bone and joint and conditions but also with health professionals because really if the health professionals are delivering evidence-based care then we know the people that we are trying to help. We’ll be retrieving the best possible care, so we worked with a whole range of health professionals people who have the conditions as we say also people who are at risk of developing the conditions and we do that in a variety of ways. We undertake quite a few quite a bit of research, we also do extensive policy and advocacy work and as you mentioned before I’m in sort of responsible for the training and education sort of suite of activities, but most importantly we have a lot of activities that are very much about sort of providing information and support to people with musculoskeletal conditions and probably the the lead aspect of that is our national helpline which is staffed by Rheumatology nurses. They can provide information to people with conditions but also to health professionals that might be wanting to know a bit more about how to navigate the system and really assist their patients veteran in their care.
H: Wow, so if I have any musculoskeletal conditions I’m going to for sure reach out to you guys.
G: Yeah that’s a place to come to Henry.
H: Yeah and with regards to that, you guys are offering webinars also am I correct?
G: Yeah like for the last couple of years, we have run a suite of webinars for health professionals in the primary health and community health sectors. We’re up to I think about number 40 over the top of the webinars we’ve run in the last couple of years and we’re very fortunate getting the support of some very high-profile academics and clinicians to work with us to deliver our webinars. And the webinars we have coming up in the second half of the year coming up in the second half of the year it’s actually a really great sort of set up because we’ve also been fortunate in getting a bit of funding from at the proprietary limited. So we’re actually offering six webinars in the second half of the year but for the price of four.
H: Wow, yeah that sounds really impressive. And uh what are these webinars and what do people usually get out of them?
G: The webinars run there an hour-long webinar. The nice thing about webinars that if you can’t actually feel with at the time of the lives that are screening, it can be viewed by recording later on at any time that’s convenient. So we always run our webinars on topics that we know will be very relevant to health professionals working with people with musculus liberal conditions and they’re often that usually on topics that are burning issues for the people who have the conditions and also one of the main purpose of the webinars is really to help the health professionals who are working with those patients to know how to better deliver evidence-based care. So for example in our series in the second half of the year we’ve got webinars on cognitive behavioral therapy and pain, the role of footwear in the self management of knee osteoarthritis, we’ve got a webinar on stem cells, often that’s a bit of a burning issue that clients and patients need to know more about. So we I’ve got an expert from Melbourne University providing an update on the ladders with regards to stem-cell research in the area of musculoskeletal health.
H: Yeah and for those people who are interested in listening to your webinars from the past. Can they still get access to those?
G: Yeah, they can certainly. So of all those the ones I said, as I said we’ve run them nearly 40 over the last couple of years. We certainly the ones that we have run in the last year or two which we are quite sure that the content is still relevant and up-to-date. Those are available by looking on our website so if people go to the our website of www.move.au, they’ll be able to get further information how to access our previous recordings and also to book on our force looking for our forthcoming webinars which will all be listed there.
H: Sounds great and yeah that sounds really impressive how you guys have a database of all your past webinars.
G: Yes, well I mean you know there’s this such valuable. A such a valuable resource for health professionals and as I say Henry we’re really trying to help helped professionals to actually help their patients better. So we know that a lot of health professionals sometimes they’re looking for information, they’re busy people so the webinars are a great way of also reaching people in all states of Australia and even internationally. So you know that’s the great thing about the online education. It certainly sort of defies any geographic boundaries.
H: And yeah, I read here is off a press release that you guys offer two free webinars for healthcare professionals.
G: That’s right, yes.
H: Can you tell us about that?
G: Yeah, so as I said before of six webinars on offer in the second half of this year. We’ve been very fortunate getting some funding from every proprietary limited who are sponsoring two of the webinars to be offered free for health professionals in all states of Australia. We’ll have a webinar on the diagnosis and management of psoriatic arthritis and also another free webinar on the diagnose and not diagnosis and management of rheumatoid arthritis and they will be screening in October and November this year and people just need to register for those that no costs. For our other webinars just to cover our costs and so we do charge a fee and again those details regarding the cost for the other paid webinars are available on our website on move.org.au
H: Awesome. And yeah well with regards to your webinars since it’s our main topic today. So people can join the conversation so anyone who is listening right now whether it be a healthcare profession or not they can just go to your website. What else should they know before they get started with the webinars and going to your website?
G: Well you know as I’d say just to be aware that term we the webinars are offered it of what we considered a very reasonable price. So in the second half of the year we have our four paid webinars but also those two free webinars. So there’s there’s really no reason why any health professional wouldn’t register for those two free webinars and hopefully we’ll also register for our other paid webinars. So it’s all pretty self-explanatory once you get to the website and we really feel that the topics do cover a lot of issues that would be very relevant to a healthcare professional delivering their skills and knowledge to the people that they see on a daily basis.
H: Yeah and I understand how important that really is.
G: Yeah absolutely.
H: And yeah for our last question. What is your main takeaway message for all our listeners right now?
G: Well I think the main takeaway message is really you know our main purpose as I said – is to improve the quality of life for people with the conditions and who might be at risk of getting a musculoskeletal condition which really could be all of us when you look at the the figures of the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia these days, it really is quite alarming. And you know I think for the average healthcare professional they would see people on a regular basis that would have some sort of muscle bone or joint conditions. So I would just say to people look you know have a look at our webinars, we’ve got the latest evidence-based information in those webinars and you know we’re really trying to help the health professionals to help the people that they see on a daily basis.
H: And good thing our main listeners are health professionals.
G: Yeah, that’s right.
H: For anyone who’s interested in getting in touch with you guys. What’s your email address and me do you guys have a phone number so they can also contact?
G: Yes, you could call our helpline which is 1-800 263 265 and speak to one of our staff, our trained staff on our helpline if there’s any particular information just required with regards to the webinars that person can also put you through to the relevant person. Yeah. But as I said before our helpline has excellent advice and information available to not only people with the conditions but also health professionals that might be looking for some information about how to work with also information they can pass on to the patience.
H: Awesome, well that’s all our questions for today and thank you so much for sharing everything Genevieve.
G: No problem Henry. Thanks very much.
H: And that was Genevieve Nolan of MOVE, muscle bone and joint health. We just finished talking about their organization, what they do and what they offer and their current program with the webinars. If you want to get in touch with them you can go to www.move.org.au and if you want to listen to this interview again or if you want to find more health related news, medical research and fitness interviews you can find us at www.hpr.fm. We’re also available on major social media platforms, so don’t forget to like and follow us. Audio is also available for download and streaming on SoundCloud, iTunes and YouTube. This is Health Professional Radio. I’m Henry Acosta.