Issue 64

Older People
Regional seminars focus on spiritual care in aged care

Seminars held in regional locations around Australia gave opportunities for people working in aged care, older people and their families to consider and reflect on the spiritual care needs of older people. ...More

Meaningful Ageing Australia


Rural Health Policy
Flying Doctor looking ahead to the health needs of country Australia in 2028

Research into projected population, health status and health workforce trends in rural and remote Australia has found that Royal Flying Doctor Service primary health care and outreach programs will continue to be in high demand throughout the next ten years....More

By Royal Flying Doctor Service


Other Rural Health
Inspiring the next generation of health professionals

University students from varied health disciplines travelled 1,600 kilometres in the Northern Territory visiting high schools to inspire school students to consider a career in health....More

By Kate Wales
Northern Territory PHN


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health
Overcoming barriers to better health in Queensland's Lower Gulf

Three organisations are working together to focus on primary and preventive health care for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Lower Gulf area of Queensland....More

By Lisa Davies Jones
North West Hospital and Health Service


Mental Health
Sculpture festival helps farmers and community to flourish in hard times

Lockhart’s Spirit of the Land Festival celebrates the creativity and craftsmanship of local farmers and gives a sense of purpose in bleak times. ...More

By Jenny Donovan
Inclusive Design


Chronic Disease/Risk Factors
Pain Revolution gears up to change pain treatment in rural Australia

A team health professionals and researchers will get on their bikes to ride around Tasmania in March 2019 to bring pain education to doctors, allied health professionals and communities in rural and remote Australia....More

By Angie Clerc-Hawke
Pain Revolution, University of South Australia


Alliance Council engages with Federal Parliament

The need for a dedicated Minister for Rural Health and the importance of universal connectivity for rural communities were among the priority issues raised by the Alliance Council in meetings with Federal MPs and Senators....More

By Allan Yates
National Rural Health Alliance


Rural Health Policy
Federal Government initiatives aim to improve access to health services for rural people

In the 2018-19 Federal Budget the Australian Government introduced a package of initiatives aimed at improving quality, workforce distribution and access to health services for Australians living in rural and remote areas....More

Australian Government Department of Health


Other Rural Health
Bright future for medical education in Central West NSW

From 2021, students will be able to complete their entire medical degree at the Dubbo campus of Sydney University’s School of Rural Health, giving more medical students the chance to study in a rural setting and attracting more health professionals to work in the area....More

By Nikki Roberts
University of Sydney School of Rural Health


Other Rural Health
More disability supports for country families

Country children with NDIS packages, like Molly Serafin, have access to tailored and intensive speech and occupational therapy and psychological services through Royal Far West’s Windmill program. In many cases these services are not available locally....More

By Darya McCann
Royal Far West