Health Services and Workforce

Being able to see a health professional can help a person to stay well and ensure that they receive appropriate care as early as possible if they become unwell. In rural and, especially, remote areas such timely access is more difficult because of shortages of health professionals.

Plenty of evidence is available about the sort of health services that work well for people who live in rural and even isolated areas. But frequently these services can't be provided because of the maldistribution of health professionals. 

The challenge then becomes how to provide quality and timely services in such a way as to get around workforce shortages. These specially designed service models may rely on transport and information infrastructure - which is one of the reasons why the NRHA is concerned with things like broadband and telephony, public transport, and patients' assisted transport schemes.

Health services and workforce includes: