Journal article

"Beyond workforce": a systemic solution for health service provision in small rural and remote communities

1 Jan 2008
Description

Successful, "innovative" primary health care (PHC) models exist that have adapted to the specific circumstances of their rural and remote context.
A typology of discrete, integrated, comprehensive and outreach rural and remote services exists rather than a "one coat fits all" PHC health service model.
Successful models are characterised by macro-scale environmental enablers (supportive health policy, federal-state relations, and community readiness) and five essential service requirements (workforce organisation and supply; funding; governance, management and leadership; linkages; and infrastructure).
Service sustainability depends on ensuring that key systemic service requirements are met at the local level in ways that accord with, and are supported by, the broader macro-scale environmental enablers.
Based on these principles, these model types are amenable to generalisation and evaluation in other regions.

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ISBN: 
1326-5377
Volume: 
Vol. 188
Issue: 
No. 8
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Published year only: 
2008
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