Rural and Remote Health

Rural and Remote Health was initiated in 1998 by a grant to Deakin University from the Department of Human Services, Rural Health Division, Victoria, Australia. The initial vision was to serve rural and remote communities throughout the world by providing a community forum and specific health-related information.

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26 Apr 2017

This article presents interim findings from research examining the implementation of a health justice partnership (HJP) focusing on the legal and health needs of regional young people. HJPs provide an innovative service model offering an integrated health and legal service for the community.

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1 Jan 2012

The chronic diseases associated with overweight and obesity are major contributors to the excess disease burden of Aboriginal Australians. Surveillance of overweight and obesity is required to monitor these conditions, and to develop and evaluate interventions to improve health and wellbeing. Remote Aboriginal communities in...

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1 Jan 2011

Older rural persons who are receiving palliative care experience multiple co-existing transitions that can be distressing. These transitions do not occur in a vacuum, but occur in a context that reflects the uniqueness of rural living and the complexities of end of life in rural...

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1 Jan 2011

Managers and staff in primary health care partnerships in local catchments, particularly in regional areas, are periodically required to work collaboratively to set health priorities. Setting priorities involves making decisions about which health needs are most important and what programs will be funded to address...

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1 Jan 2010

Yuendumu is a Warlpiri Aboriginal community 300 km north west of Alice Springs in Central Australia. Since emerging from the welfare period in the early 1970s, a range of services have evolved with the aim of developing a comprehensive community based aged care service. In...

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1 Jan 2010

People living in rural and remote areas have been found to suffer higher rates of mental illness and psychological distress than their urban counterparts. However, mental health consumers are concerned about the lack of access to specialist mental health care and report poor service quality...

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1 Jan 2010

Tambellup is a small rural town in Western Australia with a much higher Aboriginal population than the national average. Notably, this town has achieved very positive results for year one children in 2007 regional Australian Early Development Index testing. In 2009 the Great Southern GP...

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1 Jan 2010

Despite a paucity of research, adolescents living in rural areas appear to have a heightened risk for developing a mental health problem compared with their urban counterparts. The main objectives of this study were to contribute to building an evidence base of prevalence rates and...

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1 Jan 2010

Issues associated with the employment of overseas trained nurses (OTNs) in regional and rural practice settings have received little professional attention in Australia. The global nursing workforce crisis has dominated discussion about the migration of nurses. This review explored the contemporary understandings of the employment...

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1 Sep 2009

This article provides an in-depth investigation of the accommodation circumstances of a population of aging adults with intellectual disability living at home with parents or in supported accommodation in an Australian regional centre. Given the ageing of both the carer and adult population with intellectual...

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1 Jan 2009

The present study was a qualitative investigation of the impact of drought on rural families of southern New South Wales, Australia, with particular emphasis on the concept of resilience in times of stress. The aim was to provide insight, from a psychological perspective, into the...

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1 Jan 2009

Rural health is constantly experiencing the impact of persistent shortages in all clinical disciplines. This paper lists issues to consider as part of a national rural health workforce strategy in order to to generate ideas and provoke debate about priorities for rural health. Examples are...

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1 Jan 2009

The Sustainable Farm Families project focuses on the relationship between occupational health and safety and farm family health to address premature death, morbidity and injury on Australian farms. It uses health literacy through education and physical assessment to improve health and knowledge outcomes for farm...

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1 Jan 2009

Aboriginal adolescents living in or near rural towns have different social and cultural needs than Aboriginal adolescents living in large cities or remote areas. Identification of health needs by the community is an established principle of health promotion for improving community health. The objective of...

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1 Jan 2009

Research shows that Australian Aboriginal women experience a significantly higher rate of mortality from cervical cancer than non-Aboriginal women. As infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) is a necessary prerequisite for cervical cancer, a research project, the 'Women, Human papilloma virus prevalence, Indigenous, Non indigenous, Urban,...

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1 Jan 2009

Aboriginal people are particularly vulnerable to pandemic influenza A, H1N109. This article describes the process and findings from preliminary community consultations into reducing influenza risk, including pandemic H1N1(09) swine influenza, in Aboriginal communities in the Hunter New England area of northern New South Wales, Australia....

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1 Jan 2008

Many rural Australian communities continue to endure a prolonged drought. The mental health effects of short-term natural disaster are well known; those of a long-term and chronic natural disaster such as drought are less well understood. However, in addition to immediate distress there are likely...

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1 Jan 2008

Many men, particularly rural men, experience health disadvantage. Data for this research were collected via a written postal survey that gathered information on diet, alcohol use, physical activity, and attitudes to health and body image. The survey was sent to 2000 randomly selected men in...

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1 Jan 2007

It is widely noted that rural populations have poor health status and are ageing. In Australia, state and national policies and programs have been instigated to redress this, but few rural residents would agree that their town is the same as an apparently similar sized...

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1 Jan 2007

Effective health promotion interventions are critical to addressing the health needs of Indigenous people. This article reviews published and unpublished evaluation reports between 2000 and 2005 to identify practice issues pertinent to evaluators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health promotion initiatives. The review finds...