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Can psychology student placements improve access to mental health services for Kimberley peoples?

  • Authors: Swain, Lindy, Correia, Helen, O'Donovan, Amanda, Yogayashwanthi, Yogaraj
  • Published: 2019

The numbers of suicide and self-inflicted injuries in the Kimberley are amongst the highest in Australia and are over 7 times higher than the state average. They are the leading…

Facilitating sub-acute care 'closer to home' for rural and remote patients

  • Author: Finch, Jennifer
  • Published: 2019

Context and aims: An innovative collaboration between public allied health services and primary healthcare service providers, including an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, is implementing a project to provide an…

Pop-up women’s health service for rural and remote communities

  • Authors: Evans, Alice, Stokell, Sharon
  • Published: 2019

Learning objectives: Development of a sustainable Women’s health service in rural and remote regions. Community participation in implementing a new health service and the resulting community benefits. Activities and methods:…

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…

Enhancing aspirations for STEM careers in rural, regional and remote communities

  • Author: Roberts, Philip
  • Published: 2017

This paper explores relationship between rural students knowledge of STEM in rural careers, their aspirations towards STEM careers, subject choices and university admission. Rural students often have less access to…

Ngampamurrumiyi yuwurrara jarrumwaka: Both-way science education for Aboriginal pre-service teachers on the Tiwi Islands

  • Author: Rioux, Joel
  • Published: 2017

One great education concern in the Northern Territory (NT) is that there are very few Aboriginal teachers in schools, and even fewer accessing teacher training programs. Universities are well positioned…

Did DI do it? The impact of "Flexible literacy for remote primary schools" program for very remote First Nations schools in Australia

  • Authors: Guenther, John, Osborne, Sam
  • Published: 2018

Over the last 10 years of 'Closing the Gap' considerable public investment has been made into programs designed to improve outcomes for First Nations students, particularly those who live in…

Managing dental decay of young Aboriginal children in the Kimberley, Western Australia

  • Authors: Piggott, Susan, Carter, Susan, Arrow, Peter
  • Published: 2019

Background: Aboriginal children in the Kimberley/Pilbara region of Western Australia (WA) experience dental decay at more than 3 times the rate of non-Aboriginal children, the majority of which remains untreated.…

Routine health checks and developmental reviews for Aboriginal children: Practices in a remote Kimberley primary health care service

  • Author: Bromley, Jane
  • Published: 2019

Aim: Aboriginal children in Western Australia’s Kimberley region have high rates of developmental concerns upon entering school. The purpose of this study was to identify i) current early childhood development…

A collaborative approach in remote Aboriginal communities: why has telehealth worked in the Laynhapuy Homelands?

  • Authors: St Clair, Marianne, Murtagh, David, Kelly, John, Clark, Jeff, Wallace, Ruth, Ford, Linda Payi, Guthadjaka, Kathy Gotha
  • Published: 2019

Aim: The aim of the project was to demonstrate that telehealth could be successfully done with good quality reliable satellite internet for three very remote communities. Setting and participants: This…

Web-based strategies for professional induction in rural, regional and remote areas

  • Authors: Herrington, A, Herrington, J
  • Published: 2001

Geographic and professional isolation take their toll amongst professionals, particularly within the first five years of practice in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. The attraction and retention of…

We do it our way: A study of a two way learning exchange for external students in remote Western Australia

  • Author: Rabbitt, E
  • Publisher: Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Published: 1999

The learning styles of external students in remote areas differ from the pedagogy surrounding the modes of study offered by mainstream universities throughout Australia. For many students there are no…

Telephone teaching: Towards constructivist teaching for rural and remote students

  • Authors: Finger, Glenn, Rotolo, Carolyn
  • Published: 2001

While many school systems are exploring the potential of new technologies, the reality for many rural and remote students in Australia is that they still rely upon High Frequency (HF)…

Making Tracks and Visioning Journeys: Understanding further education pathways among remote and very remote Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory

  • Authors: Donna Robbins, James Smith, Wendy Ludwig, Bronwyn Rossingh, Millie Oclay, Peta Fraser, Jamie Hagan, Lisa Watts, Matalena Tofa, Anne Lowell
  • Publisher: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association
  • Published: 2015

Making Tracks and Visioning Journeys: Understanding further education pathways among remote and very remote Indigenous communities of the Northern Territory

Expansion of telehealth in remote northern Australia and the potential for international collaborations

  • Authors: Murtagh, D, St Clair, M, Marchant, N
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

The NT leads the country in the use of standards-based secure messaging for clinical information (eg specialist referrals, hospital discharge and pathology reports), shared health patient records and other internet…

Educating Australia’s isolated children

  • Author: Sinclair-Newton, J
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

In our big beautiful country where the population is spread over vast and in places very remote areas, traditional educational services are not able to be provided to all students.…

The virtual consumer voice: connecting with country consumers online to improve services

  • Authors: Jones, K, Waters, M
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

In December 2015, the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) began a one year pilot project across three of its regions to implement Patient Opinion, as an accessible, anonymous, and independently…

A better MBS for rural and remote Australians

  • Author: Usherwood, T
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background: The MBS Review Taskforce is undertaking an independent clinician-led review of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). This is the first comprehensive review in 30 years of the 5,700 items…

Economic evaluations of Indigenous healthcare programs in northern Australia: a review

  • Author: Stephens, Mike
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

Background: Government healthcare spending for Indigenous Australians is higher than for non-Indigenous Australians yet it does not appear to be impacting health outcomes equitably, especially in more remote areas. The…

Working with shared purpose to benefit the community and their health needs

  • Author: Ward, J
  • Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance
  • Published: 2017

The WA Primary Health Alliance (WAPHA), Country Primary Health Network (PHN) has been tasked with ensuring that health services delivered in their regions are required, equitable and affordable. The commissioning…

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