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Katherine Times Wed 13 Dec 2017



Katherine Times Wed 13 Dec 2017


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Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Katherine; Katherine (N.T.) -- Newspapers

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NEWS Wednesday December 13, 2017 KATHERINETIMES 5katherinetimes.com.au Health staff lose patience TURNOVER of health staff is a major problem plaguing the Northern Territory. It has been linked to inequitable access to health services and poorer health outcomes for rural and remote populations. A recent study showed turnover of remote clinic staff each year was 128 per cent. Half of the staff working in a remote NT healthcare clinics leave after four months on the job and two-thirds leave remotework altogether every year. The health workforce in remote areas is characterised by high turnover, low stability and high use of temporary staffing. Lead author Deborah Russell said turnover rates are almost certainly contributing to sub-optimal continuity of care, compromised health outcomes and poorer levels of staff safety. I think that although turnover is not as extreme as it is in remote communities, it is still worse in places like Katherine, Dr Russell said. Our hypothesis is that high turnover of staff makes it difficult to run high quality services. Patients are more likely to get admitted to hospital and chronic diseases are not managed as well, Dr Russell said. That has to do with pa tients being less engaged with health services because they dont know who will be treating them and if they are culturally trained. With a high staff turnover it is harder to establish therapeutic relationships which means patients are not as engaged and may be less likely to take their medication, she said. Dr Russell said government can play a role in retaining staff. Government needs to invest in training as well as increased support for professional and social condi tions for permanent staff, she said. Theres good evidence that primary health care is critically important for achieving equitable population health outcomes. A chronic lack of continuity of care sees people less likely to access primary health care in a timely way and to disengage from their health care altogether, Dr Russell said And, ultimately, that results in poorer health outcomes. Another study said health equity in rural areas arehampered by poor recruitment, retention, limited access to mentoring and restricted career pathways. It suggests that a persons decision to stay in a rural location is influenced by opportunities for professional growth. The World Health Organisation says to better retain rural healthcare workers governments need to design continuing education and professional development programs. Next week lawyers HI AND BYE: The health workforce in remote areas is characterised by high turnover, low stability and high use of temporary staffing. BY LYDIA LYNCH Shockingly Immersive Sound Waterproof IPX7 rated Up to 15 hours Battery life Wireless Bluetooth All colours may not be available instore 52 Katherine Terrace, Katherine 8972 8888 www.nt-tech.com.au Create a CustomDroid from Scratch Use in Drive Mode, Force Mode &more Approximately 30cm in height Droid Inventor Kit $189 $159 A W 34 05 70 5 0438 808 835 / 0418 851 644 www.drv4lyf.com.au DANIKA JOSEPH SAMI RJ COCO VIK ZAC CHRIS MARY RAMANPREET JOSHUA FINLAY LEAH BLAIR CYNTHIA WEWOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALICIA SUSAN AW3422977 DRV4LYF Driving School wishes everyone in Katherine a Safe and Happy Christmas We will be closed for business from Dec 24 to January 8 DRV4LYF DRIVING SCHOOL Professional trainers and assessors with modern air conditioned dual control vehicles Lesson $60 per hour; P test $100; approved DrivesafeNT instructors