13NRHC Recommendations

Don't assume rural and remote citizens have good quality, reliable internet. For Telehealth and other connecting technologies to increase access for rural and remote communities, we need to lobby for infrastructure that for some regions is just not there. The opportunity is to work with other... more
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46 people like this recommendation
Comments: 7
Theme: Innovative Models of care
• Ensure that policies and program guidelines require local Aboriginal people to be involved in co-designing and delivering research and other projects. • Ensure that programs recognize the investment in time and funds required for local Aboriginal people to co-design and participate in delivering... more
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28 people like this recommendation
Comments: 0
Theme: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
RACGP: More support for multidisciplinary team practice in addressing health disparities A supportive policy focus is required which recognises that in overcoming significant disadvantage, including in rural areas, it is the capacity of the primary healthcare workforce that remains key to... more
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22 people like this recommendation
Comments: 4
Theme: Health Reform
It is vital that workplace organisations and Departments of Health recognise that it is crucial to support educational programs that prepare and upskill the remote health workforce to ensure the appropriate and effective delivery of health services. Policy recommendation: Funding for... more
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18 people like this recommendation
Comments: 5
Theme: Health Workforce
Expand Nurse Practitioner access to MBS Item numbers to reflect the work they do, particularly in rural and remote settings. Some NPs do the work of GPs where no GP will go and therefore should have similar Item numbers available. Also allow Nurse Practitioner access to Provider Numbers for... more
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17 people like this recommendation
Comments: 8
Theme: Health Economics
1. Medical Schools Outcome Database (MSOD) to continue collecting data from the commencement of medical school (commencing medical school questionnaire) to capture commencing preferences, specifically rural preferences. A national, systematic data collection on medical students and career pathways... more
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16 people like this recommendation
Comments: 2
Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
Health jurisdictions need to provide ongoing training and support for health service managers, recognising the unique challenges that are present in managing regional, rural and remote services.
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15 people like this recommendation
Comments: 5
Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
That Early Years health, education and wellbeing services are locally developed, managed and implemented. ‘Pre-packaged’ services must recognise the centrality of local, regional and state/national support and be flexible to community needs.
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14 people like this recommendation
Comments: 3
Theme: Rural Education
Given food security in many communities is a major problem, we need to look at sustainable funding models to address access, affordability and skills/knowledge. I propose an investigation of the feasibility and impact of taxing sugary drinks across Australia to fund programs which address these... more
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14 people like this recommendation
Comments: 4
Theme: Nutrition
Rural maternity services are a priority in terms of rural and remote women being able to access safe maternity care Training of obstetric proceduralists and midwives are paramount Rural hospitals must be encouraged to train their own midwives. the larger hospitals are not training midwives in... more
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13 people like this recommendation
Comments: 1
Theme: Maternity Services
The most important recommendation that we feel should be put forward is for the Department of Health to consider adding accredited exercise physiology professionals to Allied Health Services. As of 2015, this profession has a major role in regional and rural health program development for... more
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12 people like this recommendation
Comments: 2
Theme: Preventive Health
Recognition for all health professionals who are 'rural generalists' for the skills required, and being experienced practitioners in a specialist field.
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11 people like this recommendation
Comments: 1
Theme: Health Reform
When engaging in stakeholder consultation, health service agencies and jurisdictions must engage with all groups of the community to ensure they allow broad input and to encourage the local stakeholders to ‘own’ the planning stages of any new service model.
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11 people like this recommendation
Comments: 2
Theme: Community Engagement
With 94% of vision loss in Aboriginal communities being preventable or treatable, it is recommended that an integrated strategy to Close the Gap for Vision is funded including: - increased support for visiting optometry and ophthalmology services in areas of need (remote, regional and urban) -... more
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10 people like this recommendation
Comments: 3
Theme: Eye Health
The inclusion of women in local disaster preparation and response planning is essential. We need to identify and harmonise best gender and disaster practice across levels of government. This can include individual women, representatives of women’s services and or of women’s organisations,... more
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10 people like this recommendation
Comments: 0
Theme: Emergency Services
Health jurisdictions should promote regional collaboration to consolidate health promotion efforts in order allow efficient and effective allocation of resources, combined regional training opportunities and increase capacity for services to provide best-practice care.
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9 people like this recommendation
Comments: 2
Theme: Health Reform
* this recommendation is for session A1 A. Current approaches of training through rural clinical schools and selecting candidates with rural background should be continued B. Introduce screening at course entry, of all health professionals to determine their interest and predisposing... more
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9 people like this recommendation
Comments: 1
Theme: Health Workforce
The NRHA advocates for and supports the development of funding, education and workforce structures that facilitate the implementation of a Rural Generalist Pathway for key allied health professions. The Pathway would align to the professional skills and capabilities required of rural and remote... more
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8 people like this recommendation
Comments: 2
Theme: Health Workforce
Recommendation re S100 Remote Area Aboriginal Health Service (S100 RAAHS) arrangements: 1. Review of the funding model for S100 supply to recognise and equitably pay for the dispensing of medications to clients in remote communities accessing medicatins via S100 2. Review of S100 supoprt funding... more
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8 people like this recommendation
Comments: 1
Theme: Access and equity
Recommendation 1: Recruitment selection criteria for rural/remote positions (and GP training positions) should include weighting for measures associated with increased likelihood of further rural/remote practice. These include, but are not limited to: previous experience living in rural/remote... more
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8 people like this recommendation
Comments: 1
Theme: Education & Training for health professionals