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Barriers and opportunities to clinical placements in regional, rural and remote settings

  • Author: Eklom, Bonnie
  • Published: 2019

Rural and remote Australia continues to experience worse health outcomes and poorer access to health services compared to inner metropolitan Australia. Geographic maldistribution of the health workforce is a significant…

Building collaborative practice with consumers in rural and remote Australia

  • Authors: Parham, Jennie, Harvey, Andrew, Wells, Leanne, Cockburn, Jane, Patterson, Karen
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2019

A contemporary Australian health system must be characterised by partnerships with consumers. Partnering with consumers is about healthcare organisations, healthcare providers and policy makers actively working with consumers to ensure…

Trends in health workforce turnover and stability in remote Northern Territory communities

  • Authors: Russell, Deborah, Zhao, Yuejen, Ramjan, Mark, Guthridge, Steve, Wright, Jo, Jones, Mike, Humphreys, John, Wakerman, John
  • Published: 2019

Background: Delivering effective primary care to where it’s needed most—specifically remote Aboriginal communities—is hampered by high turnover and low stability of health clinic staff. This research investigates changes over time…

Vaccine cold chain integrity in remote Australia

  • Author: Young, Angela
  • Published: 2019

Background: Understanding cumulative exposure to temperatures is important for assessing vaccine viability. Cold chain monitoring systems in Australia do not monitor cumulative exposures for individual vaccines from point of manufacture…

No longer isolated: increasing clinical pharmacy services in a very remote hospital

  • Author: Milne, Kara
  • Published: 2019

A very remote Hospital Pharmacy Department undertook a six month trial of an additional full time clinical pharmacist. The Pharmacy Department, historically staffed by a sole pharmacist and pharmacy technician,…

From go to woe: Would a rabies incursion spread in northern Australia?

  • Authors: Ward, M. P., Brookes, V. J., Degeling, Chris, Gabriele-Rivet, V, Hudson, Emily G
  • Published: 2019

Northern Australia faces an increasing risk of a canine rabies incursion due to the eastwards spread of rabies across the Indonesian archipelago. Remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia are situated…

Building the evidence base for allied health in the ‘real world’

  • Authors: Battye, Kristine, Sefton, Cath, Davis, Scott, Curry, Rob
  • Published: 2019

The published evidence for allied health interventions and services is limited, particularly in relation to service models and models of care in rural and remote Australia. Furthermore, there is limited…

Roll-out of automated external defibrillators to rural and remote Australian communities

  • Authors: Harkness, Lindy, Gale, Lauren, Bishop, Lara
  • Published: 2019

Background: Cardiac arrest occurs in over 25, 000 Australians every year. In the event of cardiac arrest, CPR alone has low rates of effectiveness. However, when provided in combination with…

Q fever knowledge and follow-up practices of northern Australian rural general practitioners

  • Authors: Hollins, Aaron, Abernethy, Gail, Smyth, Wendy, Ray, Robin, Harte, Jane
  • Published: 2019

Introduction: The causative agent of Q fever, Coxiella burnetti, is found in a wide variety of animals and does not require direct animal-to-human contact for infection. Q fever is contracted…

Vaccine cold chain integrity in remote Australia

  • Author: Zalitis, Dianne
  • Published: 2019

Introduction: This paper will discuss innovations using existing social media infrastructures to provide an effective pregnancy and parenting service that meets the needs of rural and remote Australians, without any…

An innovative partnership aiming to embed clinical learning in regional WA

  • Authors: Dadelszen, John von, Cahill, Emma
  • Published: 2019

Background: The Benchmarque Group is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 21824) specialising in the development and delivery of nationally accredited clinical skills programs. Earbus Foundation of Western Australia [Earbus]…

Community awareness of living safely with lead in Mount Isa

  • Authors: Fatima, Yaqoot, King, Stephanie, Knight, Sabina
  • Published: 2019

Background: The Mount Isa Living with Lead Alliance runs a community awareness campaign aiming to reduce lead exposure in children living in Mount Isa. A broad range of informational and…

Implementation of nasal high flow therapy in Thursday Island and Cape York

  • Authors: Cairns, Nicholas, West, Sally
  • Published: 2019

Background: Respiratory diseases represent the main reason for paediatric inter-hospital transfers in urban and remote areas. Nasal high flow (NHF) therapy is a simple method of oxygen delivery that provides…

Telehealth Emergency Management Support Unit (TEMSU): connecting rural, remote and regional Queensland through acute telehealth

  • Author: Crosbie, Deanne
  • Published: 2019

Spanning 1,727,000 km2 and with a population of nearly 5 million people, 40% of whom live outside major cities, Queensland continues to pursue health equality and equity. Sometimes, very appropriately,…

Partnership and co-design: the national enhanced response to the infectious syphilis outbreak

  • Authors: de Toca, Lucas, Casey, Dawn
  • Published: 2019

An outbreak of infectious syphilis began in northern Queensland in January 2011, extending to the Northern Territory in July 2013, the Kimberley in Western Australia in June 2014 and since…

Where there is no midwife: the Imminent Birth Education Program

  • Authors: Kelly, Jenny, Connell, Jane
  • Published: 2019

Introduction: While the majority of births in Australia occur in hospitals with maternity services, it is inevitable that some women will present in established labour to health facilities without midwives…

Mental health service delivery in rural and remote regions: can telecare partnerships meet the needs of children?

  • Authors: Stevenson, Caroline, Crawford, Alexandra, McCann, Darya, Everett, Michael, Casburn, Kim, Morrison, Lucy, Newsom-Smith, Emma, Burchfield, Katherine
  • Published: 2019

Mental health service delivery to children in rural and remote areas faces many challenges including attracting and retaining staff, continuity of care, poor accessibility and limited consumer choice. Royal Far…

Can technology fix the failure of Medicare for rural and remote Australians

  • Author: Snowball, Kim
  • Published: 2019

This presentation will focus on the data, showing the poorer access to Medicare for Australians living in rural and remote areas. The evidence reinforces a statement by the outgoing Federal…

The impact of pain on rural and regional Australia: problems and solutions

  • Author: Bennett, Carol
  • Published: 2019

Ongoing chronic pain is an epidemic in Australia. One in five people are living with chronic pain and this number rises to one in three over the age of 65.…

Healing together: research partnerships between rural Aboriginal communities, services and researchers

  • Authors: Munro, Alice, Shakeshaft, Anthony
  • Published: 2019

Objectives: To evaluate three examples of Aboriginal, community-based drug and alcohol programs to better understand the mechanisms of partnerships between academics and Aboriginal communities. Study 1 examined the impact of…

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