Strong evidence exists that a range of health interactions can safely and effectively be provided utilising Telehealth. Access for community members to quality care and future health models requires a fundamental shift in funding paradigms to support growth of Telehealth capability. It is... more
Encourage all health services (hospitals and clinics) to join up with the Global Green and Healthy Hospital network - a free global network that helps health services improve their environmental sustainability.
Given the evidence demonstrating the impact of active research participation on health and wellbeing of rural Australians, we recommend:
1. Increased funding for rural research, to improve patient outcomes in regional communities.
2. Establishing and supporting academic and research... more
We recommend that there is education of the current and emerging workforce (undergrad level) regarding the social determinants of health, and the importance of addressing these when managing people's health and wellbeing.
The rural health research workshop has considered the draft research priorities identified through the National Rural Alliance Alliance submission to the MRFF when they called for submissions on the priority criteria for the scheme. While broadly supporting the priorities from NRHA the delegates... more
That the Commonwealth Government re-introduce zone rebates on taxation to rural and remote health professionals that will reduce the taxation paid by medical officers, general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals working in rural and remote Australia.
there needs to be serious silo busting the more remote you are. Health, education, welfare, justice, agriculture, mining, water, EPA. Some key officers working across several departments such as an Ag, biodiversity, water, EPA person, and health and welfare officers who might also cover... more
That each Local Health District commence a partnership with the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, using Yarnups and the approach of Appreciative Inquiry, to flip the focus on improving access and experience of health services using a Social Determinants model of health.... more
Give people permission to move beyond the silos when addressing the social determinants of health. Lets consider bringing lawyers into healthcare teams to address social problems that undermine people's health.
Support and funding for Primary Health Care Nurse led cancer screening programs that incorporate innovative models, such as Community Engagement Workers, to improve access to target populations. Take the screening to them through culturally safe approaches.
Community pharmacies are a frequent source of contact for people living in rural and remote communities. The pharmacist and pharmacy staff have strong connections with communities.
The PBS is a single source and service. There are a whole range of services by which the pharmacy is... more
A holistic approach be taken by all parties to address the identified barriers to Telehealth access:
Barriers to telehealth:
- Inadequate internet service and data allowances.
-Unreliable telecommunications and equipment.
-Consultations not being billable to Medicare (... more
Recognise the impacts of climate change on rural communities (e.g. worsening drought in farming communities, or extreme weather events) and prepare for these events by strengthening a range of services e.g. mental health services for drought affected communities, schemes to support... more
Government needs to urgently fund the development of health management and leadership training programs for rural and remote managers and emerging leaders. The Australasian College of Health Service Management accredited competency standards should be used to guide the development.
Primary care services in rural and remote communities are fragmented. Government needs to take immediate action to develop a pooled funding models which maximizes the value of MBS streams,state funding resources and PHN commissioned funds to create comprehensive primary health care services... more