Australia should have a national policy on child health, which must include proper consideration of kids in rural and remote areas.
Government must commit to longer term funding of rural and Indigenous projects and not cut successful programs just because there has been a change of government. Progress on Indigenous health has been hampered by regularly changing government policy.
The health sector needs to develop a united strategy for delivering the message that early years investment is the most evidence based way of improving health care in all communities including rural and remote.
Extended nurse-led home visiting programs for all vulnerable families with children age 0-2, with population screening for vulnerability embedded in universal health services accessed during pregnancy.
That Australian policy-makers across departments, sectors and levels of government adopt the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto, which highlights the critical importance of the period from conception to age two for achieving optimal physical and mental health outcomes
That Government recognize the important role of the Rural Generalst and set a national policy framework for training health professionals in cross discipline skills relevant to meeting the needs of rural and remote communities.
We need a National Planning and Monitoring Platform that gathers, analyses and reports on data relating to a range of national rural and remote health and wellbeing issues, including issues relating to family violence, self harm and suicide.
funding incentives are required for uptake and sustaining telehealth - including adequate funding for paediatrician and other practitioner at patient end, incentivised funding as currently provided by Qld Health, including emergency department consultation, and for allied health consultations... more
Organistions working in remote communities have to prepare their employees as if they are working in another country.
They must liaise with the local elders to:
— provide information that respects the history, culture and language of the country.
— organise induction of new... more
Child & adolescent mental health (C&AMH) is one of the least funded areas of mental health. But the area where the greatest cost effectiveness can be achieved through early identification, prevention and treatment programs. Appropriate finding of C&AMH services is necessary to... more
The Australian government must adequately fund data agencies such as AIHW , in consultation with Australia's child health expert bodies, to provide key data relating to the health, wellbeing and the healthy development of Australia’s children. Without it, those in Australia (including government... more