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Perpetrators of abuse of older persons often do not see themselves as perpetrators. Therefore this problem may be part of a broader issue in society, where we need have conversations and increase community understanding of what constitutes abuse.

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Early career allied health employment opportunities in rural and remote settings should be
supported. For this to be succeed rural and remote health service agencies, particularly
smaller organisations, require secure funding and policy support.
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Delegates should join the End Alcohol Advertising in Sport campaign of which the Country Women's Association of Australia are a supporter. This will help address some of the commercial and social determinants of health by stopping alcohol ads to kids.

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We should be breaking down barriers to access for long acting contraceptive devices. We should be training more nurses and midwives to insert implanons , and investing in free contraception for all - massive returns on investment.

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The RHA influences a policy response which addresses the impact of income on food affordability, which is excerbated in rural and remote communities.

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Truth telling. It is time to make a recommendation to governments about truth telling around the history of our Australia. Our history needs to be taught at schools. That will impower communities to get out of poverty and to address disease introduced by colonisation .

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Develop education sessions that provides practical information to undertake strategic workforce planning specific for rural and remote services.

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Oral health is an important part of health and well-being. Cost is a major deterrent ( see Grattan report) recommendation - add at least oral health therapy services to Medicare funded services now

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CHRONIC PAIN - Revise the Worker's Compensation and MAC schemes in the Northern Territory to reflect (and incentivise) a focus on early, multidisciplinary intervention following musculoskeletal injury; with the aim of reducing risk of long-term, pain-related disability.
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-Build local education partnerships with action and humour. Engage hard to reach community members with free, fun events. Then capacity build on successful programs.

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Using already established groups such as sporting clubs in rural areas to promote mental health wellbeing and thereby tackling the issue of suicide risk in young males in rural communities. However, the initiative needs funding from government.

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Reinstate the National Injury and Prevention Plan to systematically support child farm safety.

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1. Health should not be politicized
2 State government should be removed from delivering all community based services (get the crocodiles out of the pond)
3. Local councils should resume control of the community based serviced based on community need. This needs to be done... more

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NRHA and member groups advocate to politicians and the media about the link between climate change and health, and the importance of action to mitigate climate change. This includes a transition away from dependence on fossil fuels (especially coal and gas) to 100% renewable energy - in a way... more

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Investigation of intentional building of health clusters in mid and small sized towns to broaden the health service mix and health job mix to make places more attractive to health professionals.

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The true picture of heart disease in Australia.
The Heart Foundation would like to expand the Australian Heart Maps to further unlock health inequities in CVD. Your opinion on next steps would be invaluable. This could be in relation to access to services, specific conditions, population... more

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Bring back Health Workforce Australia - or at least some enduring mechanism that brings Health, Higher Education, government (states and Commonwealth) and others together for workforce planning relevant to areas (like rural) and settings (like aged care, primary care etc) of need.

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Providing effective and comprehensive care for older people is complex. A new approach to remunerating GPs for providing services in RACFs required. Bundled payment acknowledging cost of providing comprehensive care both in and out of hours.

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Reform of the mental health act across all jurisdictions through therapeutic jurisprudence, restorative justice, and collaborative practice AND the practice of SafeWards and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT).

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Where primary health care facilities (eg ACCHOs, GP practices) make savings on PATS, a percentage of those savings (eg 30% minimum) be returned to that primary care facility to support patient end support including the development of on-community jobs such as telehealth coordinator, digital... more

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