All governments at all levels should implement a rural proofing policy to ensure that rural communities are not unfairly disadvantaged by any new policy development or its implementation - preconference workshop recommendation on determinants of health
Improve the access to allied health professionals by reviewing the number of funded allied health consultations available through medicare for those with chronic disease. Inclusion of medicare funded allied health consultations for those at risk of developing a chronic disease in the name of... more
The desire to use Telehealth more to increase access to services and decrease cost and time lost in travel is rapidly increasing. We need to make mobile coverage and bandwidth more affordable for country communities and increase MBS Item numbers to support Telehealth service delivery.
Rural inpatients in tertiary hospitals in capital cities often find themselves in distressing circumstances without their loved ones around them. Sometimes they may be away from their homes for long periods, undergoing treatment. Every tertiary hospital should employ a "Rural Liaison... more
Running nurse led clinics within GP are a fantastic way to make the best use of up skilled practice nurses. Accessing a nurse led service multiplies the efficacy of the service offered and is always well regarded by patients.
Build on what has already been developed and known in Qld to establish national allied health education, career and service training pathway that is based on need and not on individual professional relationships nterests.
Develop an allied health rural generalist workforce to redress work maldistribution and improve accesss to services by
1. Funding the training support package for early career AHRG trainees. For action by Commonwealth DoH
2. Allocate funding to develop local allied health leadership... more
On behalf of rural and remote Australian’s we need urgent commitment from Government and health sector stakeholders to invest in new and innovative primary health care models to address health inequities and strengthen primary health service sustainability.
The rural and remote health stakeholders need to take full advantage of the workforce of today to be able to plan and mentor the workforce of the future.
Nurse practitioners can provide health services today and in the future.
Rural Remote Generalist Nurse Practitioners are not... more
Current market based models for service delivery and workforce recruitment and retention are not viable for rural areas. We need funding support for long term, collaborative models that are co-designed with communities and front line workers.
Rural health multidisciplinary training programs could be expanded to include additional strategies to support recent graduates during their transition to rural practice, and thereby promote the likelihood they will want to continue a rural career path
There has been much discussion and evidence presented on workforce collaboration. We recommend investing in regional workforce planning that recognises the unique context of each region and community. This will focus the collective resources of the region to plan and action sustainable and long... more
We need to do more in preventive health. Many diseases are 100% preventable with informed protective measures, and many conditions can be minimised with proper education. We recommend that 20% of any health funding is appropriated to Preventive Health measures for any illness, disease or... more
The Federal Government should introduce tax incentives - reduced taxation or tax free for a period - for employees and small businesses in the most remote parts of Australia: RA5. This would be an incentive for people to work in remote Australia and improve retention rates in communities.
All Australians have a human right to high quality palliative care. Following the release of the National Palliative Care Strategy (2018) there needs to be a commitment and investment in ensuring Australians living in rural and remote locations can remain on country for the majority of their... more
Climate change is real and affecting rural communities already. There needs to be non-partisan commitment to funding locally informed adaptation plans, for rural communities. Different crops, different industries, different health risks, new environmental threats etc need to be considered,... more
That the Federal and State governments responds to the crisis in Indigenous suicide, which is particularly severe in rural and remote areas , by partnering with Aboriginal leaders and communities to respond to the factors underlying the tragically high rates of suicides and through resourcing... more