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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…

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]…

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…

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.…

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…

A relational approach to designing social technologies that foster use of the Kuku Yalanji language

  • Authors: Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Alessandro Soro, Paul Roe, Margot Brereton
  • Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
  • Published: 2019

Australia has a rich array of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, but they face decline along with many valued aspects of culture unless they are passed down to, and…

n engineering solution to assist the elimination of trachoma from Australia [online]

  • Authors: Rogers, Peter, McManus, Madeline, Taylor, Hugh, Lange, Fiona Orchard, Jim
  • Publisher: Engineers Australia
  • Published: 2019

Technology transfer from university research to industry is an issue that universities are addressing regularly through many avenues. This paper examines a novel approach by Monash University which involves teams…

Partners in health to eLearning module development in rural and remote Western Australia

  • Authors: Pearson, Lesley, Hunter, Christine
  • Published: 2019

Partners in Health is about a collaborative relationship between the Country Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA) and Country Health Service (WACHS). It explores: how a learning gap in aged care become…

Climate change adaptation for Torres Strait Island communities [online]

  • Authors: Sexton, Mark, Kabai, Adeah, Baldwin, David, Bettington, Stuart
  • Publisher: Engineers Australia
  • Published: 2019

Under a funding agreement contributed to by four Commonwealth Agencies and the State of Queensland, TSIRC was the proponent of and project managed the delivery of a $23.8M coastal defence…

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…

Riding the funding cycle: dodging ‘potholes’ in regional, rural and remote Australia

  • Author: Cleary, Jen
  • Published: 2019

An increasingly interdependent world economy means that differences across regions and within countries can often be greater than differences between countries. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Australian…

Health workforce turnover, stability and employment survival in remote NT health centres 2004-2015

  • 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 centre staff and a…

Place-based mathematics and Projection Augmented LandscapeModels (PALM) on the Tiwi Islands: Building powerful Aboriginal hypothetical learning trajectory

  • Authors: Rioux, J, Michie, M, Hogue, M, Fisher, R
  • Publisher: MERGA
  • Published: 2019

his paper presents an account of a new place-based education initiative using both the mathematical construct of hypothetical learning trajectory and the 3D printing technology or Projection Augmented Landscape Models…

Sick kidneys—an insight into post streptococcal glomerulonephritis in Central Australia

  • Authors: Dowler, James, Wilson, Angela
  • Published: 2019

Acute post infectious glomerulonephritis (APIGN) is predominantly a disease of poverty and disadvantage, complicating prior infection with Group A streptococcus. The highest documented global rate of this disease is seen…

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