While we work pretty hard here at Loddon Campaspe CLC, we also take the time to smell the roses whenever we can.
Which is why Peter Noble (our illustrious and bearded Coordinator) set himself a Calorie Neutral Challenge while visiting the USA recently on a Clayton Utz Fellowship.
The Clayton Utz Fellowship is funding Peter to research Advocacy Health Alliances (AHAs) and to explore their potential in Australia. AHAs employ lawyers to help patients navigate the legal system in order to resolve legal issues affecting their health.
While they are well-established in the USA (where they are called Medical Legal Partnerships or MLPs), AHAs are still in their infancy in Australia.
As part of the fellowship Peter has co-presented a session on AHAs at the 2011 National Community Legal Centres Conference, conducted an online survey of CLCs, convened an AHA symposium planning group, and initiated discussions with Bendigo health service providers with a view to establishing a pilot AHA in our region.
More recently, Peter attended the 2012 National Conference of Medical Legal Partnerships in the United States, visited a range of MLP sites and conducted interviews with MLP practitioners. It was an invaluable opportunity to forge strategic relationships with key contacts in the US.
But as some of you will be aware, Peter also published a Tour Blog while he travelled across the States. And he set out to make the trip a calorie neutral event.
Not only did Pete watch his calories while he was on the road (no mean feat in the US), but he participated in a number of fun runs and generally saw the sights on foot. He came to grief at The Alamo, re-enacted Rocky Balboa’s run up the 72 stone steps leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and took a seven-hour bike tour of LA and Beverly Hills with an ex bike courier from Philly.
Not your average day in the office.