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We now have a new National Oral Health Plan but it is not funded outside business as usual. At the very least, lets lobby for a Nationally funded Oral Health Promotion campaign to increase oral health literacy among children, carers and adults generally. This campaign needs to include simple... more

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That the gap in developmental vulnerability on 2 or more domains at age 5 in the AEDC scores between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal children by closed by 2025. This should be introduced as a new COAG CTG headline indicator

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The range and availability of support and health services for kids with behavioural problems in rural and remote areas is a small subset of those available for city kids. Consequently, management options for kids in rural/remote areas are essentially medical. Through local consultation,... more

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Universities (not some but many) to provide support and opportunities for students wanting to perform placements in rural or remote areas

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That the recent announcement of 200 trial sites for the Medical Home Model of care includes a significant number of regional, rural and remote services (>50%)

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The conference recognises that there is much poorer access to affordable and healthy food in rural and remote areas, and that far too many children nationally go to bed hungry at night, especially children in rural and remote areas and especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.... more

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That a problem cannot be solved without involving children, parents, carers & community, that investments made are appropriate, respectful and produce meaningful evidence based outcomes.

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The health of rural children cannot be viewed in isolation from the reality of Climate Change. There will be major transitions in the kinds of rural jobs and industries that can exist in some parts. CC is acknowledged as the biggest threat to human health, this century. For rural children it... more

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Federal Government should fund a trial of substantial investment for disadvantaged families (including rural, remote area and Indigenous families) starting at conception, similar in quantum to University Student Allowance. The resources (which could include a mix of services, education and other... more

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In order to address workforce shortfalls in rural and remote healthcare, rural/remote specific education must be imbedded in health professional education including at least one rural/remote placement.

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Let's not accept the epidemic of APSGN in the Kimberley, and the continual trickle of new cases of this, and Acute Rheumatic Fever, among Aboriginal kids in northern and remote regions. The downstream effects of these strep-induced conditions are expensive, both socially and financially.... more

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Have a named GP (or central practice) for all children who have complex needs. Ensure GPs are partners in new service model for complex kids.

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A national website structured around helping families identify health network pathways that exist.
Ie - if your child has a speech development problem ... These are the professionals who can help you.
A site which doesn't expect the individual to know what they need for appropriate... more

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Support NGO's or communities to support a sense of community, connection, belonging to enhance and flourish the mental health of young people living in rural and remote areas

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Significant advances in medical technology over the last few decades have happily led to the increased survival of many children with complex cardiac, congenital, metabolic, neurodegenerative, malignant and other potentially life-limiting conditions, who may otherwise not have survived under... more

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ONE FRAMEWORK for the health of all Australian Children.
Care documents, guidelines and frameworks need to be Standardized across Australia.
We need to stop re-inventing the wheel and work towards a common goal.

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Making school more interesting and relevant results in improved attendance and engagement. For example, the Malpas Young Doctors project employs respected community members to teach the traditional ways and the contemporary ways of creating healthy communities. The young people become health... more

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Endorse a program that help provide evidence based Pediatric physio skills from the bush to the beach.

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Ensure teachers and schools are trained, and are embedding mental health knowledge and information into their practice

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Oral Health is such a significant problem. Great presentations in the concurrent sessions. Can we please get Oral Health up as a plenary session at future conferences? Let's lift the profile in our own backyard!

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