Tag Archives: rural health

Are immigrants really the backbone of rural Australia’s health and education services?

For a decade it was my job to worry about the health workforce in rural and remote Australia.  Our university department of rural health, like 11 others through the country, did our part to promote regional centres, country towns and …

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Videoconferencing between rural patients and urban specialists finally here

It started with a passing comment.  My GP told me to wait in another office because the usual one was being used for a SKYPE consult between a local patient and a Perth specialist.  ‘Really? How long have you being …

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An increase in teenage mothers in regional Australia

In a recent post I looked at the high rates of early child bearing in two regions of Western Australia.  I argued that this was in part due to lower school completion rates plus young women’s lack of engagement in …

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Evaluation of rural programs and services

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Regional Men’s Health Initiative

Men in rural and remote Australia suffer higher rates of chronic disease, injury and suicide that men in our major cities.  The Regional Men’s Health Initiative uses a bottoms-up community development model to improve men’s health and well-being by raising …

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The next challenge for Aboriginal antenatal care

In the last week I have returned to some interviews done by Glenda Taylor and other colleagues at CURCH. Aboriginal women were asked about their experiences with antenatal services at Aboriginal medical services, private general practitioners and hospitals. The research …

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