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Access to care for acute coronary syndrome in the Top End

  • Authors: Marangou, J., McMurdock, N., Wing-Lun, E., Ilton, M.
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Published: in press

Background: The morbidity and mortality due to acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in Australia is substantial. People living in rural and remote Australia and Indigenous Australians have poorer access to guideline…

Management and Outcomes of Prosthetic Valve Thrombosis. An Australian Case Series From the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Milne, Owen, Barthwal, Rohit, Agahari, Ian, Ilton, Marcus, Kangaharan, Nadarajah
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Published: in press

Prosthetic valve thrombosis (PVT) is an uncommon but serious cause of morbidity and mortality after cardiac valve implantation. The most common cause leading to PVT is inadequate anticoagulation. Royal Darwin…

Transforming health care delivery: The role of primary health care nurses in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Robinson, T., Govan, L., Bradley, C., Rossiter, R.
  • Published: 2024

AIM: This paper describes the policy context and approaches taken to improve access to primary health care in Australia by supporting nurses to deliver improved integrated care meeting community needs.…

This is why we are staying: Job satisfaction among physiotherapists in the Kimberley region of Western Australia

  • Authors: King, C., Timler, A., Gill, J., Loh, N., Morgan, M., Nolan, J., Sturdy, R., Debenham, J. R.
  • Published: 2024

INTRODUCTION: The Kimberley region of Western Australia (WA) is classified by the Modified Monash Model as MM6 & 7 ('Remote/Very Remote'). Many physiotherapists in the Kimberley are considered 'rural generalists'…

Care navigation addresses issues of tele-mental health acceptability and uptake in rural and remote Australian communities

  • Authors: Fisher, Olivia J., McGrath, Kelly, Grogan, Caroline, Cockshaw, Wendell, Leggatt-Cook, Chez
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
  • Published: 2024

Introduction People living in rural and remote areas face substantial barriers to accessing timely and appropriate mental health services. In the Bowen Basin region of Queensland, Australia, barriers include: limited…

Capacity building to address antimicrobial resistance in remote Australia: The inaugural HOT NORTH Antimicrobial Academy

  • Authors: Bowen, A. C., Smith, B., Daveson, K., Eldridge, L., Hempenstall, A., Mylne, T., Szalkowski, R., Van Rooijen, K., Anderson, L., Stephens, M., Tong, S. Y. C., Yarwood, T.
  • Published: 2024

Background Rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for some pathogens in Australia are considerably higher in rural and remote compared to urban regions. The inaugural Hot North Antimicrobial Academy was a…

Barriers and enablers of dementia training in healthcare workers in rural and remote Australia: A scoping review to inform future approaches to training

  • Authors: Thompson, Sandra, Shukralla, Heidi, Fyfe, Katrina, Newman, Ellie, Fitzgerald, Kathryn
  • Published: 2024

Introduction Dementia is now responsible for the greatest burden of disease of any chronic illness in older Australians. Rural and remote communities bear the impacts of this disproportionately. Additional training…

“The risk to reward for being an out proud survivor”: Reflections on the #MeToo movement from rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Innis, Jessie, Chung, Donna, Schulze, Darcee
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Published: 2024

In October 2017, the #MeToo hashtag went viral on social media; emerging as a global medium for solidarity between women who had experienced sexual violence. However, the contextless nature of…

Energy justice of sociotechnical imaginaries of light and life in the bush

  • Author: Cain, Anna
  • Published: 2024

This paper tells the story of off-grid remote renewable energy rollouts in Indigenous communities in Northern Australia. While the analysis is specific to Australia, it has broader lessons about incorporating…

Using photovoice to generate solutions to improve food security among families living in remote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia

  • Authors: Chappell, Emma, Chan, Ellie, Deen, Caroline, Brimblecombe, Julie, Cadet-James, Yvonne, Hefler, Marita, Stubbs, Emma, Ferguson, Megan
  • Published: 2024

The right to food security has been recognised internationally, and nationally in Australia by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations. This study aims to explore food (in)security and solutions for improvement…

A systematic review of effective local, community or peer-delivered interventions to improve well-being and employment in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia

  • Authors: Luke, Jennifer, Bartlett, Cristy, March, Sonja, McIlveen, Peter
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
  • Published: 2024

Objective To systematically review evaluated local, community or peer-delivered well-being and employment interventions delivered within regional, rural and remote Australia. Design Searches within nine databases retrieved peer-reviewed and grey literature…

Development of a survey tool to assess the environmental determinants of health-enabling food retail practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities of remote Australia

  • Authors: van Burgel, Emma, Fairweather, Molly, Hill, Amanda, Christian, Meaghan, Ferguson, Megan, Lee, Amanda, Funston, Sarah, Fredericks, Bronwyn, McMahon, Emma, Pollard, Christina, Brimblecombe, Julie
  • Published: 2024

Environmental factors can impact the ability of food retail businesses to implement best practice health-enabling food retail. Methods: We co-designed a short-item survey on factors influencing food retail health-enabling practice…

Current status of tertiary healthcare services and its accessibility in rural and remote Australia: A systematic review

  • Authors: Baazeem, Mazen, Kruger, Estie, Tennant, Marc
  • Published: 2024

The study evaluated the current state and accessibility of tertiary healthcare services in rural Australia. A systematic literature review from 2010 to 2022 was undertaken, utilising databases such as PubMed,…

Pirnilu Nintipungkupayi (Everyone is a teacher): Keeping old people's spirit healthy through education

  • Authors: Buchanan, Jennie, Ward, Daisy, Ellis, Elizabeth Marrikiyi, Turner, Jan, Palmer, Dave
  • Published: 2024

In the Ngaanyatjarra Lands of desert Western Australia, older people are being encouraged to participate meaningfully in student education. This initiative is being led by two of the authors of…

Ophthalmic findings in Aboriginal children with high rates of prenatal alcohol exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: The Lililwan Project

  • Authors: Tsang, Tracey W., Allen, Tiffany, Turner, Angus, Bowyer, Joshua, Fitzpatrick, James, Latimer, Jane, Oscar, June, Carter, Maureen, Elliott, Elizabeth J.
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Published: 2024

To describe ophthalmic findings in an Indigenous paediatric population and the associations between fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), and eye anomalies. Medical records were reviewed for…

Melding language and image: Kaytetye Indigemoji as a language learning project

  • Authors: Lea, Bridey, Turpin, Myfany, Liddle Perrurle, Joel
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Published: 2024

In recent years, digital projects have created tools for learning languages, such as mobile applications (apps). In contexts where the language has low prestige, innovative digital learning tools can support…

Developing an integrated clinical decision support system for the early identification and management of kidney disease—building cross-sectoral partnerships

  • Authors: Gorham, Gillian, Abeyaratne, Asanga, Heard, Sam, Moore, Liz, George, Pratish, Kamler, Paul, Majoni, Sandawana William, Chen, Winnie, Balasubramanya, Bhavya, Talukder, Mohammad Radwanur, Pascoe, Sophie, Whitehead, Adam, Sajiv, Cherian, Maple-Brown, Louise, Kangaharan, Nadarajah, Cass, Alan
  • Published: 2024

The burden of chronic conditions is growing in Australia with people in remote areas experiencing high rates of disease, especially kidney disease. Health care in remote areas of the Northern…

Culturally appropriate psychotherapy and its retention: An example from Far North Queensland (Australia)

  • Authors: Everson, George, Spring, Breeanna, Middleton, Jocelyn, Richardson, Alice, Gardiner, Fergus W.
  • Published: 2024

Background Culturally appropriate mental health care is essential in remote Australia. However, while associated with the development of an effective therapeutic alliance, current literature insufficiently reports the retention and psychotherapy…

University staff perspectives on determinants of high-quality health professions student placements in regional, rural and remote Australia: protocol for a mixed-method study

  • Authors: Claire, Quilliam, Elyce, Green, Rohan, L. Rasiah, Lyndal, Sheepway, Catherine, Seaton, Leigh, Moore, Jodie, Bailie, Kylie Maree, Matthews, Jane, Ferns, James, Debenham, Carolyn, Taylor, Kathryn, Fitzgerald, Melissa, Ridd
  • Published: 2024

Introduction In rural areas, work-integrated learning in the form of health student placements has several potential benefits, including contributing to student learning, enhancing rural health service capacity and attracting future…

A retrospective observational study of vCare: a virtual emergency clinical advisory and transfer service in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Dean, Kimberley, Chang, Cynthia, McKenna, Erin, Nott, Shannon, Hunter, Amanda, Tall, Julie A., Setterfield, Madeline, Addis, Bridget, Webster, Emma
  • Published: 2024

Provision of critical care in rural areas is challenging due to geographic distance, smaller facilities, generalist skill mix and population characteristics. Internationally, the amalgamation telemedicine and retrieval medicine services are…

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