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Rising to workforce challenges: e-PIMH in rural and remote Queensland

  • Authors: Baldwin, A, Kikkawa, Naomi
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Rural and remote health managers encounter the same workforce challenges over and over again: the challenge of responding skilfully to high-risk disorders in areas of low population density; the difficulty…

Communication access in remote Indigenous communities

  • Authors: Matt Balogh, Andy Johnston, Susan Locke
  • Publisher: AIATSIS
  • Published: 2017

This presentation summarises the key findings of the 2016 Remote Indigenous Communications and Media Survey which found that: - One-in-eight adult Aboriginal Australians in remote areas does not have access…

Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! nutrition and healthy lifestyle program

  • Author: Bidstrup, G
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up! has been delivering nutrition and healthy lifestyle education since 2008. Using music and video as the engagement tools, the resulting “Good Tucker” songs and videos from…

Telehealth substitution of rural outreach services: an economic analysis

  • Authors: Caffery, Liam, Hobbs, Aidan, Hale-Robertson, Karen, Smith, Anthony
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Introduction: CheckUP, in partnership with the Queensland Aboriginal & Islander Health Council is the jurisdictional fund holder of the Commonwealth Government’s Outreach program funds that are used to provide a…

Engagement keynote address: A proven methodology to solicit the views of people living in remote Australia

  • Author: Calma, T
  • Publisher: AIATSIS
  • Published: 2017

Engagement keynote address: A proven methodology to solicit the views of people living in remote Australia

Creating an LGBTI specific health service for the transgender community in South Australia

  • Authors: Davidson, Jill, Bruer, A, Cannell, Z
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

The LGBTI community has many challenges that they face above and beyond the everyday health issues that we confront in the general sexual and reproductive health stream. The statistics for…

Building successful school - community collaboration in Indigenous school settings

  • Authors: Ferguson, Cath, Gower, Graeme
  • Published: 2017

Effective communication and collaboration between schools and the communities they are in can bring about improved student achievement. However, it is often difficult for both the school and the community…

Community-level built environmental factors related to chronic and infectious diseases: strengthening evidence base for remote Indigenous communities

  • Author: Amal Chakraborty
  • Publisher: AIATSIS
  • Published: 2017

High prevalence of preventable chronic and infectious diseases in the Indigenous population is a major public health concern. Existing research has rarely examined the role of built environmental factors in…

Applying ‘Red Dirt Thinking’ to adult learning in the Northern Territory

  • Author: John Guenther
  • Publisher: Australian Council for Adult Literacy
  • Published: 2017

The term ‘red dirt thinking’ was coined by researchers who were part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation’s (CRC-REP) Remote Education Systems (RES) project. The researchers, who…

Same words, different story: Unpacking nine years of NAPLAN data for very remote Australia

  • Author: John Guenther
  • Publisher: AIATSIS
  • Published: 2017

The latest national results for the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) were released in December 2016 amid gloomy international comparisons and media messages that nothing has changed. Each year…

Making space for knowledge intersections in remote teacher education: ways of being and tools for doing

  • Author: Hall, Lisa
  • Published: 2017

The doctoral research that this paper is based on focused on the low number of young Aboriginal teachers currently undertaking and completing teacher education in remote communities in central Australia.…

Nothing changes if nothing changes: a remote Aboriginal residential rehabilitation service evaluation

  • Author: Munro, A
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background: Risky levels of drug and alcohol-related harm among Aboriginal Australians are both a consequence of, and contribute to, the disproportionate health and social gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians,…

EMET in FNQ: embedding emergency medicine education in service-driven facilities

  • Authors: O'Meara, L, Mowatt, E
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Aims: Upskilling is crucial to the delivery of patient-centred emergency medicine in rural/remote facilities. The Emergency Medicine Education and Training (EMET) Cairns Hub aims to provide high-quality emergency medicine education…

Listening to Anangu talk

  • Authors: Oldfield, Janine, Forrester, Vincent
  • Published: 2017

This paper arises from PhD research on an Australian, Northern Territory (NT) language education policy, ‘Compulsory Teaching in English For the First Four Hours of Each School Day’, led to…

Tele-home monitoring in rural and remote health district and Aboriginal Medical Services

  • Authors: Murray, M., Wilcox, M
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

NSW Health rural e-health strategy provided funding to rural Health Districts to trial remote tele-home monitoring in the Hospital in the Home (HITH) setting. Two trials commenced in Western NSW…

Implementing a palliative approach to care in remote New South Wales

  • Authors: Saurman, Emily, Wenham, S, Cumming, M, Lyle, David
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

National, state, and local policy objectives promote the provision of patient-centred high-quality palliative and end of life care for all rural and remote residents, either at home or as close…

Adaptive lasting change: in-house organisational capacity building in remote and Aboriginal health

  • Author: Sandilands, D
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Learning objectives and outcomes relevant to aims: Awareness of the known challenges of project implementation Identification of relevant seminal literature underpinning organisational capacity building Understanding how integrating Reconciliation Action Plans…

Delivering an integrated system of care in Western NSW, Australia

  • Author: Robinson, L
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Introduction: Western NSW (WNSW) is one of the most vulnerable regions in Australia with a fractured service network and poor health outcomes. A strategy to transform current services into a…

Community-led Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce development solutions

  • Authors: Stothers, K, Murray, D.
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Utilising strengths based approaches that build on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges and perspectives, our national Indigenous allied health organisation and our partners are collaborating to develop models of…

The Great Southern EMET Program

  • Author: Young, R
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

EMET is an Australasian College of Emergency Medicine program that is aimed at supporting and training the non-specialist workforce who in the Great Southern make up 92% (61 of 66)…

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