13NRHC Recommendations

1. To build the emerging story of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (CIYA)’s 17 alumni into a national story about youth arts participation through a broader study. Using the learning from the current study we would like to create a survey that could be rolled out across Australia via youth arts companies... more
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Theme: Arts and Health
The NRHA advocate for nationwide progress of the allied health rural generalist service and workforce agenda, in order to capitalise on and optimise the value that allied health professions can deliver in terms of health outcomes and systems productivity and efficiency in rural and remote areas.
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Theme: Health Workforce
Medicare-subsidised mental health related services must reflect the complexity of the service provided. Both the training incentives and payment structures require attention and expansion to reflect demand and particular expertise required within certain patient population groups.
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Theme: Mental Health
Supplying bulk medications to remote Aboriginal health services, under S100 or the RAAHS program, improves medication access but also increases medication error. The Commonwealth government needs to fund clinical pharmacist positions in Aboriginal health services to enable assistance to patients... more
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Theme: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Models of care need to be suitable to fit the Telehealth system and ideals to gain outcomes. Clinical information system strong enough to maintain strong monitoring and links to EHealth record. Strong Broadband or link to a community node (Pharmacy?), workforce education and training into new... more
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Theme: e-health (including PCEHR, telehealth)
A national rural research field is established around arts and health project outcomes towards a dynamic universal arts and health sector.
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Theme: Arts and Health
Optimal access to appropriate and effective medicines has substantial potentially health and financial benefits. The current system as it applies in rural and remote Australia is not optimal. Funding should be made available to support a review of current practices and their effectiveness, and... more
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Theme: Access and equity
Regional Health Improvement in the Pacific Region - recognise that Australia’s regional island neighbours are also challenged by remoteness and suffer health burdens as a result. (a) acknowledge the threat climate change poses to the health, wellbeing and security of Oceania and that multilateral... more
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Theme: Other
Recommend that STP training is extended with particular emphasis on early and late training
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
An ‘Identifying the Homeless’ database to be established by June 2017, with each Australian state and territory maintaining quarterly demographic statistics; including de-identified population numbers, gender and age of homeless people (as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics) receiving... more
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Theme: Social Determinants of Health
Rural Education Roadshow program brought a structured prostate cancer education program to regional, rural and remote communities across Australia. The Roadshow has been an effective program for delivering education through an outreach model to both health professionals and community groups with... more
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Theme: Community Engagement
The range of advanced skills needed to address patient-driven health needs in rural communities extends well beyond procedural, highlighting the prominence of non-procedural skills and the need to extend training and support approaches to reflect these findings. The lack of opportunity to acquire... more
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
Regional centres remain pivotal to the delivery of both primary and secondary care.The maintenance of a critical mass of appropriately trained practitioners is imperative to the ongoing survival of regional centres which also provide secondary care and support to large rural catchments .Policy and... more
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Theme: Primary Care
Conference welcomes the recent endorsement of the National Arts and Health Framework as a strong declaration by Ministers of Health and the Arts to promote collaborations between these two sectors. We need to remove barriers to collaboration and promote better awareness of the strong existing... more
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Theme: Arts and Health
The Aboriginal community controlled health sector is uniquely positioned to provide high quality health and preventive care to communities. There is evidence that these services are better able to cater for the complex care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients such as those with... more
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Theme: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Policies aimed at the food producers and retail to achieve fair prices across the country for basic foods, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and that increase he taxes on fast food/junk food to reduce the chronic disease burden
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Theme: Nutrition
Demonstrating and quantifying significant and substantial differences in rural health worker retention between different groups of health workers helps identify opportunities to better target scarce retention resources to where they are needed most. These findings suggest that: 1. Distribution of... more
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Theme: Health Workforce
It is recommended from the Kingaroy Hospital experience, that the investment in the Rural Generalist Pathway not just as a college training pathway, but as a pipeline for rural medical workforce is continued. This includes resources for prevocational training workshops, and the professional... more
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Theme: Education & Training for health professionals
Various medical colleges should work together to provide collaborative emergency medicine education in the rural setting.
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Theme: Rural Education
Access to timely specialist pain services in regional, rural, remote, and indeed urban areas is a well recognised problem. Excessive wait times, or lack of service delivery altogether contribute to increases in chronic pain. Multi-disciplinary pain teams (involving psychologists, mental health... more
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Theme: Chronic Disease