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
Support increased access to allied health by supporting Recommendation 1 from the Allied Health Reference Group's Report for the MBS review to encourage comprehensive initial assessments by allied health professionals via the creation of a new item (109AA) for an initial allied health... more
We need governments to legislate controls that restrict the marketing and availability of alcohol and unhealthy foods and to increase the price through fiscal policies like a minimum unit price on alcohol and a health levy/tax on surgery drinks (increase price-taxation,decrease availability -... more
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has created significant gaps in 'thin provider' areas, leading to decreased opportunity for therapy and continuity in care for clients forced into a private, market based system where providers are not present.
Clients with a disability... more
Need a national collaborative effort to enable more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners become leaders in clinical health care across the sector.
1. Fund more positions
2. Commitment from all health professions required
3. Plan a pipeline from more local... more
Government should require research funding provided through the Medical Research Future Fund Missions - already covering areas such as cancer, genomics, mental health, dementia and ageing, cardiovascular health, traumatic brain injury and Indigenous health - to include research within and upon... more
Being in a state of chronic stress in the early years of life often brought on by the conditions of poverty can lead to serious health effects in later life. Fund and develop systems of advocacy for the knowledge of boots of the ground staff (within ACCHOs etc.) to be elevated within the system... more
Urban based allied health, nursing and medical students ought to be exposed to positively framed
rural health practice content in their curricula. The content should express rural and remote
practice in a positive manner highlighting the value of rural and remote placements for the... more
Pollinators around the world are in decline. Without them our crops fail and food becomes scarce. Do not forget that biodiversity, drought and pesticides contribute to wellbeing. If there are missing bits in natural systems it is just like missing services in health systems and correlates with... more
Working with mothers before leaving the justice system via parenting courses and pre-release work experience, and providing help with housing and mentoring - keeps them from re-offending and keeps there kids reunited with their mum and avoids necessity of OOHC.
Recommend that there are at least minimal staffing levels in Maternal and Child Health Services in all Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Communities in the interest of improving health and closing the gap This staffing to include a Child Health Nurse and an Aboriginal and/or Torres... more
With remote Australians 35% more likely to die within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, we recommend more investment into prevention and early detection (screening and symptom awareness/ early diagnosis) programs, as well as easier access to treatment for regional Australians.
The government should announce a roadmap to a universal dental insurance scheme based on a Medicare model as defined in the March 2019 Grattan Institute Filling the Gap Report.
The government should address the under utilisation of existing MBS funded children’s dental services by... more
We recommend the ongoing expansion of the provision of renal services in rural and remote communities, and implementing new services such as the mobile dialysis units - this service is cost-effective and has social and cultural benefits.
Each tender distributed by PHNs to include additional funding specifically identified for local health workforce development relevant to the program. This funding can be allocated to meet local identified needs, such as organisations growing their own health professionals (AHWs, NPs,... more
The rural health deficit will not be improved by applying one-size-fits-all policies and funding mechanisms that were designed through a metropolitan lens.
We call for differential rural and remote health policy that allows for pooling of funding in areas of market failure (or MM3 and... more