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National Rural Health Conference 2013

The NBN is vital for economic, social and healthcare development, says health leader

The NBN is vital for economic, social and healthcare development, says health leader

Rural health advocates have nominated equitable access to high-speed broadband as a critical election issue. It was the top priority recommendation from the recent National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide, where delegates stated that high broadband speeds are crucial for facilitating new and emerging best practice models of healthcare. As well as its importance for enabling […]

Beyond the deficit model: wrapping up the #ruralhealthconf (and some happy snaps)

Beyond the deficit model: wrapping up the #ruralhealthconf (and some happy snaps)

Strong commitment. Bright future. That was the theme of the recent National Rural Health Conference and it says a lot about why I was delighted to launch the Croakey Conference Reporting Service at this event. Rather than hammer on about the negatives of rural and remote health, much about this conference illustrates the power of […]

Creating healthier goals for Yolngu girls: some reflections from a health promotion program

Creating healthier goals for Yolngu girls: some reflections from a health promotion program

Last September, a group of Yolngu teenage girls from East Arnhem Land came to Sydney for a week of sporting and cultural events, as part of a program encouraging them to develop healthier aspirations. As part of the program, Kevin Bird, Healthy Lifestyle Co-ordinator at Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation, sought to use team sport as […]

High-speed broadband is high on the federal election agenda for the rural health lobby

High-speed broadband is high on the federal election agenda for the rural health lobby

The availability of high-speed broadband in rural and remote areas will be a critical election issue if rural health advocates have their way. The 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide made 17 priority recommendations for advancing the health of rural and remote communities, with equitable access to high-speed broadband at the top of the […]

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club (and its significance for rural health)

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club (and its significance for rural health)

The story of the Broken Hill Table Tennis Club – as told at the National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide this week – tells us something about how the social and economic fortunes of mining towns can rise and fall, with wide-ranging implications for health. Parri Gregory writes: During its heyday, the Broken Hill Table […]

Central Queensland study shows impact of mining boom on rural health services

Central Queensland study shows impact of mining boom on rural health services

The mining boom is putting some rural health services under great pressure, suggests a study from Central Queensland’s Bowen Basin. Sarah Constantine, leader of the health services development team at Health Workforce Queensland, presented the study’s findings at the National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide this week. They show “a need to rethink the process of […]

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN

Online connections are critical for rural and remote health and healthcare #NBN

One of the clear themes from the National Rural Health Conference has been the importance of social connections and online support for health and wellbeing. On a related note, there have been many discussions about how social media is powering advocacy for rural and remote health, and the importance of online connections for health service […]

Recognising an

Recognising an "unsung hero" - and some vox pops from the National Rural Health Conference

The outstanding work of Karen West, an Aboriginal health worker from Mornington Island, has been honoured at the National Rural Health Conference, reports Marge Overs. And towards the bottom of the post, you will find short interviews with some conference attendees. *** Recognising a quiet achiever Friends of the Alliance have honoured Aboriginal health worker […]

Why the NDIS is shifting the paradigm and the balance of power. By all reports, this was an excellent presentation

Why the NDIS is shifting the paradigm and the balance of power. By all reports, this was an excellent presentation

Marge Overs, a journalist who is covering the National Rural Health Conference for Croakey this week, says one of the outstanding presentations has been an explanation of the NDIS from Dougie Herd. Mr Herd is from the NDIS Launch Transition Agency, where he is Branch Manager with responsibility for research and engagement in the national office. […]

Worth talking about: the good news in Aboriginal health - and some stunning photographs

Worth talking about: the good news in Aboriginal health - and some stunning photographs

By Kay Coppa The National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide today heard a fabulous good news story from Stewart Roper, of Nganampa Health Council in Alice Springs. He told about health and welfare achievements in a remote community in the APY Lands of northern South Australia. He showed some beautiful photographs that form part of a book, […]