Rural Health Care and regional development are mutually supportive

Rural Health Care in Australia is part of a rural urban divide discussion. People living in rural areas tend to have shorter lives and higher levels of illness and disease risk factors than those in major cities.

It is also true that, on average, people living in rural Australia do not always have the same opportunities for good health as those living in major cities.For example, residents of more inaccessible areas of Australia are generally disadvantaged in their access to good and services, educational and employment opportunities and income.

In contrast, rural Australians generally have higher levels of social cohesiveness, for example, higher rates of participation in volunteer work and feelings of safety in their community. (Australian Institute of Health Welfare)

Rural Health Care

Impact of rurality on health status – Health outcomes, as exemplified by higher rates of death, tend to be poorer outside major cities. The main contributors to higher death rates in regional and remote areas are coronary heart disease, other circulatory diseases, motor vehicle accidents and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (e.g. emphysema). These higher death rates may relate to differences in access to services, risk factors and the regional/remote environment. (Australian Institute of Health Welfare)

Data quality issues, the limited nature of available data-sets, poor identification of Indigenous people in data collections and differences between the operation of health systems in major cities and regional and remote areas, can often make comparison difficult.

Australian Regional Development Conference will feature discussions on Rural, Remote and Regional health care. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014. The conference with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. The conference will focus on the improvement of economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

“Regional development and good health are mutually supportive. By providing jobs, services and infrastructure, regional development contributes to the social determinants of good health. In return, a healthy community provides one of the bases for successful local businesses.” National Rural Health Alliance

rural urban divide for healthcare
rural urban divide for healthcare

Call for papers – rural, remote and regional health care, would you like to speak at this conference

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

 

RDA ConferenceAustralian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

Rural healthcare: have your say

Rural doctor training scheme in crisis, Grattan Institute paper reveals. The $13 million a year Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme should be phased out, a government review of health workforce programs says.

A medical scheme that was meant to boost the rural workforce has delivered just one new doctor to the bush after nine years. And doctors receiving a $16,000 taxpayer funded medical school scholarships under another rural workforce scheme are opting to work overseas to avoid their bush practice obligation.

Students who get the scholarship are meant to work for up to six years in a rural or remote area when they graduate. There are over 1200 participants in the scheme but to date fewer than 50 recipients have commenced their return of service period.

Read More News Limited Sunday September 29, 2013

The areas with the lowest GPS per head of population

  • Kimberley-Pilbara (WA)
  • Bentley-Armadale (WA)
  • Northern Territory
  • Central and NW Qld
  • Goldfields-Midwest (WA)
  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Perth North Metro
  • New England (NSW)
  • Southern NSW
  • South West WA

The  Grattan Institute has compared GP rates across Australia and found parts of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and South East Queensland boast more than 100 doctors per 100,000 people, while some regions had less than 80.

Read more: SMH

Do you have an interest in rural healthcare and what to share your thoughts on what should be happening with other rural and regional leaders?

The Grattan Institute solutions for the rural GP shortage include creating physician assistants and increasing the responsibilities of pharmist for treatment. Also what is happening with rural medical training supervision and new regional university medical programs. Why is rural Australia not an attractive option for young doctors? We’d like to know what you are thinking…

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Regional, Rural and Remote Health and Social Development. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014.

Rural Healthcare

Rural Healthcare

Call for papers – do you want to speak at a conference on rural healthcare?

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Australian Regional Development Conference

RDA Conference15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Regional Development Australia – what will happen to the proposed Geelong infrastructure projects

Regional development infrastructure projects scheduled for Geelong are in doubt

GEELONG leaders will lobby that key infrastructure projects promised funding by the former government be honoured by the incoming Coalition.

The proposed $12 million Geelong Centre for Infectious Diseases, a major pipeline for an agricultural precinct in Lethbridge and a Torquay children’s centre are among initiatives that were to receive backing under Labor’s Regional Development Australia Fund.

The Coalition has vowed to dismantle the Regional Development Australia Fund and has said projects that were not under contract would be re-assessed, placing the viability of the projects in doubt.

G21 and the region’s mayors yesterday said they would be advocating strongly for the projects – which were believed for up to three months to be going ahead – to get Coalition support.

Geelong acting Mayor Bruce Harwood was pleased by the commitments in Geelong’s south, but said the northern part of the city had fared “very, very poorly” in election promises.

“It appears the Coalition has a financial stringency plan and intends to stick to it – we’ll see what they bring to the region.”

Golden Plains Mayor Jenny Blake was among the leaders to congratulate the Liberals’ Sarah Henderson on her victory in Corangamite, while thanking outgoing Labor MP Darren Cheeseman. “Darren Cheeseman

Shane Fowles   |  September 9th, 2013, The Geelong Advertiser Read More Carry on call to Coalition on projects

Collaboration between the three levels of government will be a key focus of the The Australian Regional Development Conference

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will also feature presentation on regional infrastructure. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

 

Rural Health Care focus at Regional Development Conference

Rural Health Care, experiencing poorer health than their metropolitan counterparts

Rural communities determining local healthcare needs

Professor Farmer says six rural communities in Victoria and Queensland will take part in the three-year study, which is about to start recruiting local people to help design their own health care approach. The research team will evaluate the results and recommend how this can be translated into practice.

‘The model in this study will empower local communities to determine what is important to them in terms of local health care needs and viable ways of meeting them in rural places.’

The project has been funded by a $418,000 Federal Government National Health and Medical Research Council grant and a further $525,000 from La Trobe University and partner institutions.

These are Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local, James Cook University, Townsville Mackay Medicare Local, Dental Health Services Victoria, the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS Victoria and Queensland) and The Victorian Department of Health.

There’s incontrovertible evidence,’ says Professor Farmer, ‘that people living in rural places in Australia tend to experience poorer health than their metropolitan counterparts.

The project is based on an earlier study of Professor Farmer’s into community health participation in Scotland. Titled Remote Service Futures, it won a Scottish Government innovation award.

Professor Farmer says many health problems in rural Australia are public health issues of overweight, smoking, having high blood pressure and mental health problems.

Loddon Mallee Murray Medicare Local CEO, Matt Jones agrees. He says Medicare Local is keen to identify ways in which meaningful community participation can occur. ‘This project provides a fantastic opportunity to involve local people in planning to improve services and health outcomes.’

Listen to Professor Farmer discuss the project on ABC Radio National’s Bush Telegraph

Innovative programmes like this one for Rural Communities led by Professor Farmer need to be profiled and promoted to a broader community beyond the Health sector. That is why Australian Regional Development Conferenc wants to feature and profile social development and not just economic regional development. Rural health care delivery will be a key theme of the conference.

Rural Health delivery at Regional Development Conference

Call for papers on Health Care issues for regional development.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Please indicate that your submission will be in Environment and Sustainability stream

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

If you you would like to speak at the The Australian Regional Development Conference please go to the conference website to submit your paper or contact the conference secretariat.

Australian Regional Development Conference 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury  Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298  Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au

Healthcare and roads: what will happen to Wannon

Healthcare and roads: What will happen in Wannon under a federal Coalition government? By SEAN McCOMISH, The Standard 

On the face of campaign promises, the Coalition’s victory at the polls will see money pumped into roads and healthcare across the electorate.

Key campaigns such as Peter’s Project’s push for $10 million from Canberra and $2.5 million for the crumbling Condah-Hotspur road near Portland are now guaranteed.

Labor’s two biggest announcements this year — about $4.2 million for trade training centres in Cobden and Timboon — were matched by Liberal MP Dan Tehan during his campaign and will still go ahead.

The Coalition has also pledged to fill south-west potholes with cash. Around $25 million will be spent upgrading the Great Ocean Road shared by both Wannon and Corangamite electorates.

Regional Development Australia: The Conference will feature discussions on Rural Healthcare delivery and regional infrastructure. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014 with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development.

The Regional Development Australia: Innovation Awards are being held in conjunction to the conference with an aim to recognise and showcase individuals and organisations in four categories: economic development, planning and building, environment and resilience and community development.

Call for papers  is now open.

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

Australian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298
Email: secretariat@regionaldevelopment.org.au URL: www.regionaldevelopment.org.au