Topic archives: rural and remote health

A call for funding certainty for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations

November 11, 2014

While there has progress in closing the gap between the health status of Indigenous Australians and that of non-Indigenous Australians, there is still much to be done. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report Australia’s Health 2014 shows that a large gap in health outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians still exists. Perhaps […]

Are privacy concerns holding back research that could benefit people in rural and remote areas?

Are privacy concerns holding back research that could benefit people in rural and remote areas?

September 4, 2014

Jennifer Doggett writes: In the era of Facebook and over-sharing on social media do we need to be as vigilant about protecting individual health information as we have in the past? The tension between balancing privacy issues with access to data for researchers, managers and policy makers in the health sector was a common theme […]

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

The Health Wrap: tackling childrens’ health, food and alcohol industry dramas, and society’s obsession with dieting

March 10, 2014

  Melissa Davey Once you’re done with the Health Wrap, be sure to check out this Croakey round-up of health news to make you smile.   What about the children? Regulation of alcohol advertising is failing to properly protect children and adolescents, and in some cases is enabling their exposure to alcohol advertising, according to […]

Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

February 24, 2014

Mark Taylor writes: The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what contaminants are Australian children exposed to that might increase the risk of brain and developmental disorders? In 2006, US researchers Philippe Grandjean and Philip Landrigan […]

A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

February 3, 2014

When journalists and others are reporting on the difficulties that people in rural and remote areas face in accessing mental health services, it is important to keep the big picture in mind, says Professor Tim Carey, a mental health academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. *** Behind the headlines on rural […]

What you can do about the health impact of bushfire smoke

October 21, 2013

While the focus now is rightly on the communities at immediate risk from bushfires in New South Wales, those massive clouds of smoke that have hung over Sydney and elsewhere over the past week pose other health risks, say Martine Dennekamp and Fay Johnston from the Centre for Air Quality and Health Research and Evaluation. Their research shows that around 340,000 […]

Australia’s welfare: latest snapshot on need and disadvantage

Australia’s welfare: latest snapshot on need and disadvantage

August 20, 2013

 The latest report card on health and wellbeing in Australia – Australia’s welfare 2013 – paints a broad picture of a healthy and wealthy nation, but also maps entrenched and emerging disadvantage. So too do two other recent reports that drill further down into some of the issues: the latest data from the Australian Bureau […]

Country practice: recruiting doctors to work in the bush

May 30, 2013 1

Anthony Scott writes: If you live far from a city, you are likely to be in poorer health than your urban counterparts; you’re also less likely to use health-care services and if you do, you’ll have to wait longer for care. In rural areas, almost one-third (29%) of patients wait 24 hours or more to see […]

A surprising lack of clarity around the definition of core primary health care services

May 21, 2013

“The implementation of primary health care (PHC) may well be one of the most significant systemic and ideological health reforms of modern times. Countries with stronger PHC systems have demonstrably more efficient, effective, and equitable health care. Primary health care can be considered a philosophy, an approach to the delivery and development of services and […]

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

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

April 10, 2013

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 […]

Remote health conference calls for regulatory action on quad bike safety

Remote health conference calls for regulatory action on quad bike safety

August 7, 2012 1

Momentum is building for action to make quad bikes safer – some decades after evidence first began to emerge of their hazardous design. Last month, a roundtable meeting, attended by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten, agreed to establish QuadWatch,which aims to bring together industry, manufacturers, quad bike users and government to […]

A little more conversation….

July 11, 2012

Thanks to The Conversation for providing this wrap of recent health and medical stories covering youth alcohol use, breast cancer, men’s health, circumcision, GM food and more….   NDIS: a step out of the dark By Hal Swerissen, Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University http://theconversation.edu.au/ndis-a-step-out-of-the-dark-7565 Early on in my career I was part of the process […]

How do small rural primary health care services sustain themselves in a constantly changing health system environment?

July 10, 2012

Olga Anikeeva, Research Associate, Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS) describes how a small rural health service has remained sustainable in a constantly changing health system environment… Small rural communities that are characterised by dispersed populations and chronic shortages of health professionals frequently experience difficulties in maintaining quality primary health care services. There […]

A red letter day for rural and remote health – provided these questions can be answered

April 27, 2012

How will our two-speed economy constrain efforts to improve rural and remote health across the various states and territories? How can we get the balance right in rural and remote health policy between national uniformity and local flexibility and appropriateness? How can we ensure that the many agencies involved in addressing rural and remote health […]

The pros and cons of telehealth for people in rural and remote areas

April 16, 2012 1

Canadian researchers recently investigated the use of telehealth in delivering a self management program for stroke survivors and carers. The findings  – profiled below in the latest update from the Primary Health Care Research and Information Service ( PHC RIS) – will no doubt be of interest locally, given the increasing use of telehealth.  *** Telehealth: […]

A survey on workplace safety that may be of interest to health professionals, teachers and police officers working in rural and remote areas

February 16, 2012

If you are a health professional, teacher or police officer working in rural or remote areas (with a population of less than 25,000 people), this survey about workplace safety may be of interest. You have until February 24 to complete it. *** Time to reduce violence against country professionals Dr Jenny May writes: Many rural […]

Climate change and rural health: a GP’s call for action, plus an update on recent studies

October 28, 2011 1

Rural health issues are likely to be in the news thanks to a conference starting in Alice Springs today, hosted by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Perhaps any discussions about rural health should also be contemplating the impact of climate change – that’s the […]

Some timely background to the private health insurance rebate debate

July 7, 2011 4

The Government’s third attempt to introduce means testing of private health insurance rebates faces considerable uncertainty, according to media reports, with Health Minister Nicola Roxon due to introduce the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2011 into Parliament this morning. Meanwhile, here are some snippets from the Croakey archives on private health insurance subsidies. (Update: […]

Reaction to University of Queensland’s closure of physician assistant program: what a shame for rural health

May 12, 2011 9

Below is some reaction to the University of Queensland’s decision, announced yesterday, to close its physician assistant (PA) program. It comes from two prominent proponents of PAs. Update: more reaction is being added at bottom of post as it lands… Rural communities have been sold out, again By Dr Dennis  Pashen, Adjunct Professor at the […]

Some rural health reaction on the budget

May 10, 2011 3

You can read the announcements on regional spending (many of which pertain to rural health) in the Ministerial statement found here. Below is some preliminary reaction from leaders in rural and remote health. Professor Sabina Knight, Director of the Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health (and a member of the former National Health […]