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Topic: rural health

How the arts contributed “substance and soul” to #ruralhealthconf

Jennifer Doggett reports Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones, got it right at the closing session of #ruralhealthconf when he described it as having ‘both substance and soul’. From Shellie Morris’s rousing performance at the opening ceremony to the closing dance from the Kailani Dancers, much of the ‘soul’ of the conference was due […]

Is it time to rethink the possibilities for rural health?

Jennifer Doggett reports from Darwin:  ‘Possibilities’ was the theme of the final day of #ruralhealthconf, and the ideas put forward by the keynote and concurrent session speakers challenged delegates to broaden their horizons and re-think narrow conceptions of rural health. From the forces of globalisation, to the impact of domestic economic policies, to the need for […]

# How the world of health and medical conferences is changing #

For those with an interest in social media and healthcare, if you missed the #MedicineSocial conference this past weekend, you can follow the convenor, psychiatrist Dr Helen Schultz, as she tweets about it this week at @WePublicHealth. Among the subjects she will cover are cyberstalking and how to deal with trolls. More details of the […]

All roads leading to Darwin for #NRHC15 – stay tuned for more reports from #ruralhealthconf

As the photos below illustrate, all roads lead to Darwin this month for the 13th National Rural Health Conference, which Jennifer Doggett will be attending and covering for the Croakey Conference Reporting Service. In previewing the conference below, she reports that #NRHC15 is being held in difficult times for those with a concern for a […]

After years of calls for regulatory action on quad bikes, the toll continues

Croakey contributors have been calling for regulatory action on quad bikes for some years (see the list of stories at the bottom of this post), and the issue is again in the spotlight with inquests in NSW and Queensland. Meanwhile, Ann Arnold, who recently investigated the safety of quad bikes for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing […]

On life and death: poetry of the paramedic

As regular readers may remember, Croakey has been running an occasional series, Poems of Public Health. I happened to mention this at a University of Canberra writing retreat this weekend, and one of the participants – Allison Ballard, a lawyer who previously worked as an intensive care paramedic – produced this poem especially for Croakey […]

Rural health leader condemns ABC cuts

Cuts to the ABC are of critical concern to rural health advocates. Gordon Gregory, chief executive officer of the National Rural Health Alliance, writes below that “Australia’s rural and remote people are yet again being denied access to essential services by centralised decisions which show every sign of being uninformed by the reality of rural […]

The latest upheaval – questions over the future of scheme to encourage more rural doctors

(This post was updated on Nov 26 – see bottom of page) Upheaval and uncertainty are the distinguishing characteristics of the Abbott Government’s efforts in health and related portfolios. The Government’s plans for a GP copayment appear to be on hold while Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed receiving legal advice that it cannot be implemented […]

Budgetary cutbacks in dental services are hitting rural communities – & stay tuned for the health impacts of #ABCcuts

The ABC cuts announced today will have significant ramifications for the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities, an issue that will be explored at Croakey in coming days (in the meantime, see some of the tweets at the bottom of this post). Meanwhile, the wide-ranging impacts upon rural and remote communities of cuts […]

Love rural? What WAS that all about…

Each year, the National Rural Health Alliance holds a “CouncilFest”, an event of many parts, including an opportunity for engaging in some policy development and advocacy. During the recent CouncilFest, many Croakey readers may have noticed an avalanche of photos on Twitter of people walking the Canberra halls of power wearing “Love rural” T-shirts. In […]