13NRHC Recommendations

Specialist health services in rural areas should not be dependent on tenuous links with metropolitan services and the good will of visiting specialists. Such ad hoc relationships, whether in the public or private sectors, should be replaced by service agreements and clinical governance structures... more
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Theme: Health Reform
National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN): There should be an increased focus on attracting and retaining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students into and through health courses to graduation; so that the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across health... more
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Theme: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Community based programs like Heart Foundation Walking (HFW), can play a crucial step in reducing socioeconomic and geographic inequities in physical activity rates. The following are recommendations to support people who experience geographical or socioeconomic difficulties to participate in... more
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Theme: Preventive Health
Comprehensive medical and medication records loaded into the PCEHR will greatly assist informed clinical assessments. All health professionals, including community pharmacists need to be able to upload information to a PCEHR. This is not currently the case.
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Theme: e-health (including PCEHR, telehealth)
It is recommended that government and relevant stakeholders review the potential for expanding the bonded medical schemes to other healthcare professions.
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
Encourage all rural communities to establish communal vegetable patches and orchards as part of becoming self sufficient and chanfging health determinants - i do realise that with the extreme weather there are times of the year when one cant grow your own food - and then you do get An oversupply of... more
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Theme: Other
With autism becoming more prevalent, the four years before you turn three, the most important and NDIS approaching, how do we best ensure that rural children and their families, get the right services at the right time in the right place? If this needs NBN then that has to be part of the solution.... more
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Theme: Disability
Community based programs should be considered integral components to existing health services to improve lifestyles in rural and remote Australia and should be planned accordingly and funded consistently in the long term.
* This is a Concurrent Session Recommendation
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Theme: Preventive Health
There is a need for a strong focus on the 10 – 18yr old health checks with young people who have a family history of diabetes, large weight gain especially in a low birth weight baby or a baby of a Gestational diabetic mother to detect possible diabetes early. (3,4,5) There needs to be... more
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Theme: Preventive Health
The higher cost of ambulance care in rural areas, coupled with the lesser capacity of rural people to meet this cost, means that many delay or avoid calling Triple Zero (000) for life threatening conditions such as heart attack. This can mean the difference between life and death. Patients... more
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Theme: Emergency Services
Rural communities are at high risk of the negative impacts climate change will have on health; particularly because of they start from a more vulnerable position. Further research should be funded by health jurisdictions to understand what health service capacity needs to be built in regional,... more
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Theme: Sustainable Communities
Research the effectiveness of models of care for outreach services into rural, regional and remote areas.
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Theme: Fly In Fly Out
To maximise the efficiency of nurse practitioner services Provider Numbers should be generally allocated. Under the 19-2 Exemption the nurse practitioner could utilise the Medicare Benefits Schedule and provide a colposcopy service without the need for a medical officer on site.
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Theme: Health Workforce
Pharmacists and pharmacy students should be considered more often for involvement in interprofessional / multi-disciplinary teams.
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Theme: Interprofessional learning and practice
Pharmacy telehealth medication review service models be funded at a federal level to facilitate a broader access to a clinical pharmacist by rural and remote patients.
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Theme: e-health (including PCEHR, telehealth)
There are several central learnings that emerge; with the issue of food security gaining momentum a sophisticated understanding of Local Food Systems (LFS) is essential to guide community driven initiatives. Adopting a collective impact approach links the school curricula with the agriculture... more
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Theme: Nutrition
To support telemedicine as a possible intervention for specialised services, but to be aware of the potential problems. It can make rural and remote communities even more isolated due to reduced need for people to visit or live in these communities and that make, for example, education and local... more
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Theme: Other
1. Assessment of the Wheatbelt General Practice Business Support Service for scalability to other regions and communities in rural Australia. 2. Further exploration of alternative models of general practice service delivery for rural Australia. 3. Provision of Government investment in the... more
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Theme: Primary Care
More funding /services for post natal care /early childhood health. The first 3 years of a child's life is vital. So much is spent on antenatal services but not enough after birthing.
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Theme: Maternity Services
The NRHA, AHREN, APHCRI, SARRAH, ACCRM and CRANA support a dedicated conference/symposium to develop an overarching rural health workforce strategy/strategic framework to support the development of a coherent national direction which responds to the changing economic, technological and policy... more
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Theme: Health Workforce