13NRHC Recommendations

Telehealth is an acceptable mode of health communication when clinically appropriate. Telehealth has not been mainstreamed as there are too many restrictions and it is easier to maintain current practice (patients come to healthcare), than to provide telehealth when suitable. RECOMMENDATION... more
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Theme: e-health (including PCEHR, telehealth)
We recommend that local Primary Maternity Units and birthing be available for rural and remote living Australians where birth numbers support this, because continuity of antenatal birth and post-natal care is safe, highly acceptable to women, and very cost-effective. The closure of over half of... more
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Theme: Maternity Services
We recommend that skilled qualified child health nurses should be available locally, particularly in remote communities with significant numbers of infants and children. Levels of underweight infant illness and anaemia are of third world standard and not being recognised or managed in many remote... more
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Theme: Child and Youth
Health and community services industry employs 12% of Australia’s working population, and this is set to grow over the next decade. To be sustainable and to compete with other industries for workers, strategic workforce planning should be undertaken at both organisational and regional levels.
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Theme: Health Workforce
Based on this evidence, and the observations made of successful birthing services in rural and remote communities outside of Australia, the following recommendations are made: • The continued development of midwifery/maternity carer management and clinical governance structures on both regional... more
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Theme: Maternity Services
We need to lobby for a co-ordinated National approach to early childhood / early intervention screening program's. As David Butt said, the most important 4 years in a child's life is before they are 3, and we have a rising epidemic of young people with Mental Health issues which could be... more
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Theme: Child and Youth
Services should be community driven and locally based, not outreach programs. More data is needed from rural areas as what is available currently only applies to metropolitan populations.
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Theme: AOD (alcohol and other drugs)
In order to improve access to cancer detection and treatment services for rural, remote and indigenous women a national planned approach is needed to support more nurse practitioners with expanded roles in women’s health services, such as colposcopy.
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Theme: Health Workforce
1.When planning new strategies to reduce the impacts of climate change on health and wellbeing of rural and emote people it's essential to value the wisdom of local residents and health workers. 2.There is sufficient knowledge about how to reduce the impacts of climate change on people and... more
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Theme: Other
• Like other health professions, optometry can contribute to improving health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. • Australia’s optometry workforce should be actively equipped with the training, preparation, skills and experience to foster their active... more
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Theme: Eye Health
☆We need to ensure that all women have appropriate access to skilled maternity carers in order to ensure safe and timely maternity care. This is good primary health care. ☆ We need midwifery and maternity carer training models that are flexible and allow people to remain in their community.... more
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Theme: Maternity Services
Consumer engagement and experience of mental health care in rural and remote NSW is negatively impacted upon by significant challenges in the recruitment and retention of high performing staff. As the workforce in the area rapidly ages, it becomes increasingly challenging to find a balance... more
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Theme: Health Workforce
Young women are more likely to seek health information online for aspects of health which may cause them to become stigmatised in their communities if publicly disclosed (eg. sexual health, mental health). More research could be done to determine what resources women use and how we could best... more
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Theme: Sexual/Reproductive Health
Encourage the development and dissemination of national drug guidelines to be used in the care of critically-ill children (the Monash guideline) for easy use.
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Theme: Emergency Services
The following recommendations are suggested as best practice guidelines when providing disability services in the remote context: • The key worker model is an effective and economical way of delivering disability services to remote and very remote areas. Key workers are best placed to build... more
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Theme: Disability
National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN): Tertiary education institutions should ensure provision of sufficient, integrated and consistent training in culturally appropriate and safe practices for all health students entering the workforce.
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Theme: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Continued funding post June 30 for food education to remote schools such as has been provided by Jimmy Little Foundation. This needs a strong recommendation that many of the obstacles to good childhood nutrition can be addressed through schools, so long as there are strategies to make sure healthy... more
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Theme: Nutrition
More flexibility to support team based care in mental health. Access and care for acute and chronically unwell patients are complex and cannot be devolved to one funding formula. A flexible approach is needed which includes stronger integration of existing funding streams, beyond the “Better... more
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Theme: Mental Health
calls for more flexibility to support team based care in mental health Access and care for acute and chronically unwell patients are complex and cannot be devolved to one funding formula. A flexible approach is needed which includes stronger integration of existing funding streams, beyond the “... more
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Theme: Mental Health
That all rural and remote health services for Indigenous people trial for the next seven years the vigorous promotion and supply of soft toothbrushes and tubes of fluoride toothpaste free of charge in an effort to overcome current disastrous barriers to essential daily oral hygiene practices to... more
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Theme: Other