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Title

Partyline

Collection

National Rural Health Alliance newsletters and media releases; PublicationNT; E-Journals

Date

2013-07

Description

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Notes

This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Includes Good Health and Wellbing in Rural and Remote Australia

Language

English

Subject

Rural Health Services -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Community Health Services -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

Publisher name

The National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

Place of publication

Deakin (A.C.T.)

Volume

Number 47

Copyright owner

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Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/260853

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/490226

Page content

47Partyline July 2013 The appointment of a Chief Allied Health Officer will give allied health professionals and their patients a voice at the highest level of government for the first time, he said. Tony Windsor, the Member for New England, welcomed the governments pledge to improve allied health services in rural and remote Australia. Allied health professionals face their own set of challenges in practising in rural and remote areas, which is why its so important to have a Chief Allied Health Officer focused on ways to overcome these challenges, Mr Windsor said. The new Allied Health Officer will be able to contribute to policies and programs to attract and retain more allied health professionals in rural and remote settings. One solution to this is training rural students who are committed to their local communities. SARRAH plays a strong role in this through its management of the Commonwealth Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme, which last year provided $11 million to rural students and practitioners to complete or continue their education in allied health professions. However, every year demand for allied health scholarships outstrips supply. This year, we also had a significant jump in students citing financial hardship when applying for scholarships, Mr Wellington said. This prompted SARRAH to request an additional $7.5 million from the Federal Government to offer more scholarships in 2014. The need for government to fund a national data base on the rural allied health workforce within geographical areas, compared with the demand for services in those areas, is an urgent priority, Mr Wellington said. While it would not be feasible to have a full range of allied health professionals located in every rural community, a hub and spoke approach can be effective for a country the size of Australia. Once you determine the services that are most in demand in each catchment area, you then attract the appropriate allied health providers to locate in this hub, with spokes travelling out to rural and remote areas on a daily, weekly or fortnightly basis, as required by patients. Provision of remote clinics to more isolated areas is a model that many rural allied health providers already work under, in order to meet demand. However, service provision is patchy, with some areas missing out. This leaves many patients with no option but to go without health care, or to travel for many hours, if not days, for treatment. A national focus is needed and can now be expected under the watch of the new Chief Allied Health Officer. Louise Pemble SARRAH Communications Officer


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