That women are given clear and accurate information about alcohol and drug use in pregnancy.

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In keeping with the Continence Foundation of Australia's strategy, we recommend the provision of tools and incentivised education for the rural health workforce, to the support the very significant proportion of Australian men and women who suffer from incontinence.

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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

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Consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to determine their information needs about alcohol and other drug use.

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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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Commitment to funding of vocational specialist training networks in regional, rural and remote Australia is essential in addressing the shortfall of specialist medical services in these areas.

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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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Encourage Rural & remote health services to develop heat wave emergency response plans

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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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The Rural Health Alliance should establish a 'Rural & Remote Mental Health & Wellbeing' chapter.

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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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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

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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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The implementation of a systems-based approach to osteoporosis identification and management. This includes: the development of a standardised osteoporosis diagnosis and management protocol in Australian hospitals and in the primary healthcare setting; the designation of a Fracture Liaison... more

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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.

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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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Government commitment

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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

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Engaging rural communities to take on mental wellbeing programs is a matter of collaboration.

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Limited Licence radiographers facilitate the performing of certain investigations in our smaller, more remote communities. They save time and money that would otherwise be spent transporting patients to larger centres for what are often only fairly minor investigations. We recommend the... more

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