The COVID-19 pandemic is trying times for all of us, and particularly those working in the health sector. It’s also difficult for rural communities who are still recovering from the bushfires.
On a policy level, the Alliance is making sure that rural communities are considered in the government response. There are issues around workforce planning, supporting rural health care professionals, ensuring a proper supply of PPE is available, the need to protect vulnerable remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and also the need to support communities that are still recovering from bushfires. We have been highlighting these issues in the media – for example here is a link to an interview on Radio National Life Matters with CEO Gabrielle O’Kane.
A national commitment to the climate and health policy agenda is urgently required to protect human and environmental health from the current and future impacts of climate change in rural, regional and remote Australia. This is necessary to ensure these communities and their ecosystems—essential for food, fibre, biodiversity, clean air and water—remain safe, liveable, thriving and positively able to provide a sustainable future for all.
The Alliance’s 2020-21 pre-budget submission puts forward two positive proposals to improve the health of people in rural Australia: place-based health and wellbeing networks and the Rural Digital Health Initiative.
Women in rural and remote Australia should have access to breast cancer treatment and care at an equivalent standard of care as those available to urban residents. Yet, there is currently reduced access to specialist support pathways in rural and remote settings.
Response to the draft National Health Information Strategy
Submission to the Productivity Commission's draft Mental Health report.
Submission to the Senate Select Committee into Jobs for the Future in Regional Areas
The Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) is a multidisciplinary refereed journal published on behalf of NRHA by John Wiley and Sons Australia Ltd.
Health related statistics in rural, regional and remote Australia. This is a working Alliance document which is regularly updated.
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