Organisations on the ground in rural and remote communities, such as Frontier Services, report shocking evidence of poor mental health, such as high suicide rates, in mining communities. The geographical and social isolation, and fly in / fly out nature of the work may be contributing. Mining... more
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).
The specialist training programme (STP) has seen some success in attracting and retaining specialist trainees as specialists in regional and rural areas. Excluding the specialist colleges involved in training general practitioners, especially rural generalists, is an error that should be... more
NRHA supports the formation of a national EPA and new environmental laws, which will create the framework to properly protect natural systems, clean air, clean water and communities. http://www.placesyoulove.org
Change the paradigm around using metro resources to support rural and remote communities - clever partnerships driven by rural and remote players to target these resources to fill gaps, rather than leaving it to metro providers to target resources on their own. Role for PHNs?
Diversional Therapist are now university trained professionals with specialist training in implementing and facilitating patient, residents and community leisure programs that enhance well-being. They are often undervalued in the allied health professions. They could be utilised more to bring... more
Preparing a ready workforce for deployment when disasters occur requires centralized recruitment and an existing framework to prevent delays as was found after the North Qld TCDebbie experience. Prepare prepare prepare.
That the National Rural Health Alliance develops an 'equity impact assessment' methodology similar to that used by the Heart Foundation in order to assess and report on policy announcements, relevant funding announcements and election promises by politicians and governments.