13NRHC Recommendations

In addressing the current mal-distribution of psychologists, attention needs to be given to better supporting rural psychologists to manage the professional challenges that arise from the day-to-day realities of rural practice, including the interconnectedness that characterises non-urban Australia... more
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
When planning new strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change on the health and welling of rural and remote areas it's essential to value the wisdom of local residents and health workers. There is sufficient knowledge about how to reduce the impacts of climate change on people and... more
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Theme: Sustainable Communities
- Rural GPs and Health Service Managers are important stakeholders in the development of adaptation strategies for climate change in rural areas. More work is needed to clarify the capacity of rural health services to respond to extreme weather events, both in the immediate and longer term; and to... more
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Theme: Sustainable Communities
The government develop a remote digital inclusion framework by developing and implementing a Remote Telecommunications Strategy to ensure remote Australians can effectively participate in the global digital economy at a comparable level to those residing in metropolitan Australia.
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Theme: New Technology
Funding of pharmacy services to improve the quality use of medicines through culturally appropriate programs in remotes areas would lead to cost reductions in the longer term. Less medication wastage, less medication related illness or misadventure, more time for patient-centred approaches, more... more
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Theme: Access and equity
Role and task substitution is not the answer to improving health outcomes or workforce shortages in rural communities Role and task substitution is not the answer to improving health outcomes or workforce shortages in rural communities. Patient safety and quality of care must underpin any... more
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Theme: Health Workforce
National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN): Clear training pathways towards rural generalist careers should be articulated in medicine, nursing and allied health where a distinction between standard and rural generalist practice is considered appropriate. Health students will be more likely to... more
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
Agriculture is the biggest employer of people in rural and remote Australia, but is also one of the worst performing industries in terms of workplace injury and deaths. I propose that future NRH conferences include a stream on rural and remote work health and safety, with a focus on agriculture.
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Theme: Injuries, Accidents, Self-Harm
National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN): More medical, nursing and allied health internship, new graduate and other postgraduate positions should be created in rural and remote areas in order to capitalise on the opportunity to recruit a reasonable proportion of the increased number of health... more
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Theme: Health Workforce
Introduction of a Northern Territory cardiac arrest registry to collect data regarding incidence of and outcome from cardiac arrest throughout the Territory. To be used as a research tool and aid in the appropriate allocation of funding and training to the various different healthcare services that... more
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Theme: Emergency Services
Men from rural farming families bereaved by suicide and accidental death struggle to seek appropriate support even when they recognise the need for, and have a desire for, help to be provided. there is currently no way of proactively identifying those needing assistance. A proactive, traumatic... more
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Theme: Mental Health
State and federal governments should conduct Health Impact Assessments on communities in RRMA 3-7 (or equivalent) to identify the vulnerabilities of the communities to the health impacts of climate change within the next 2 years
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Theme: Sustainable Communities
Patients in rural and remote areas with multiple co-morbidities struggle with medication management. In many areas it is not viable to have a community pharmacy and patients have little or no access to medication advice. Primary Health Networks should be encouraged to fund clinical pharmacists to... more
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Theme: Access and equity
Australia has long been reliant on International Medical Graduates to address medical practitioner workforce shortages, particularly in regional, rural and remote communities. Rural Health West recommends the development a nationally funded program to support International Medical Graduates gain... more
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
1. The primary health care workplace is recognised as a partner with Registered Training Organisations in the training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers (ATSIHW)s. To support this, the Australian Government, Department of Health supports the establishment of clinical... more
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
• It is time for rural people with AOD issues to have an integrated system within primary health that is accessible and meets their needs, and • That systems should not be further fragmented by throwing money at current media issues (e.g. ICE), but rather target the whole of system response to... more
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Theme: AOD (alcohol and other drugs)
Rural men with general mental health issues are disadvantaged due to the difficulty in accessing to mental health services created by government red tape. To increase access to mental health services in rural areas the government should remove the red tape the Access To Allied Psychological... more
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Theme: Mental Health
We recommend fast, reliable digital access be an urgent priority for rural communities and in addition that training be given to health professionals to strengthen the delivery of online health programs and help facilitate increased uptake in rural populations.
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Theme: e-health (including PCEHR, telehealth)
State governments should develop locally based seminars for clinicians, managers and communities on the health impacts of climate change in rural communities.
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Theme: Sustainable Communities
Support for NACCHO/Optometry Australia recommendation that • The Australian Government commit to a national approach to improving access to prescription glasses amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians by: option 1: Establishing a single, “National Indigenous Subsidised Spectacle... more
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Theme: Eye Health