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Crocodile Language Friend: Tangibles to Foster Children’s Language Use

  • Authors: Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Alessandro Soro, Michael Esteban, Andrew Vallino, Paul Roe, Margot Brereton
  • Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Published: 2020

Active language use refers to people's use of a language in their everyday lives and activities. Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) can facilitate children's participation in language activities such as language…

Safe water access on remote Indigenous homelands: Applying a socio-ecological framework

  • Authors: Satur, P., Robertson, H.
  • Publisher: Australian Water Association
  • Published: 2020

Despite ongoing water resource innovation in Australia, many remote Indigenous communities remain at risk to detrimental water related health impacts. This study draws on a comprehensive review of remote areas…

Coding on Country

  • Authors: Alessandro Soro, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor, Michael Esteban, Margot Brereton
  • Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Published: 2020

We describe preliminary explorations with a format to engage young indigenous students from remote communities in design and making. Digital technologies are often seen, not without merit, as reflecting and…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Access to safe drinking water on homelands: The need for a social ecological approach

  • Authors: Satur, Paul, Robertson, Hannah
  • Publisher: Queensland University of Technology
  • Published: 2019

The maintenance of connections to traditional clan lands, or country, is synonymous with the continuation of Indigenous cultural practices across Australia. The most basic need for human inhabitation on these…

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…

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]…

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…

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.…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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