9th National Rural Health Conference

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1 Jan 2008

The results of an evaluative case study undertaken as part of the Australian Government's Stronger Families and Communities Strategy are presented in this report. The report assesses the achievements in the implementation and effectiveness of the Strategy in addressing the local issues of social isolation,...

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1 Jan 2007

The Positive Parenting Telephone Service (PPTS) provides an innovative model of parent education to families with children aged up to ten years old who live in the Hume region of Victoria. It disseminates parent education and resources to remote areas and marginalised people in socially...

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1 Jan 2007

In 2005 the author was employed as a youth worker in a remote Northern Territory community. In this paper she makes observations about the level of disadvantage evident in the community. She describes the early life experiences and health status of the community, and problems...

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1 Jan 2007

The most effective way to reduce poverty and marginalisation in society is through education, which results in high employment, greater expendable income capable of supporting a welfare system and increased personal leisure time; this leads to social stability and optimal conditions for good population health....

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1 Jan 2007

The issues surrounding climate change and its implications for human health are complex. This presentation considers climate, climate change, the possible relationships to drought and the prospects for future climatic conditions in Australia, and their likely effects on public health. The paper provides some background...

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1 Jan 2007

Many Australians are living under pressure of social change and its consequences. People in rural and regional areas often live with additional stresses particular to rural communities. This paper discusses community cohesion and its relationship to resilience and the development of health and wellbeing. To...

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1 Jan 2007

The Community Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) program is a model of engagement used to empower communities in various parts of Australia with respect to their consumer needs and expectations about the quality use of medicines. The CHF Community QUM Project was developed through partnerships...

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1 Jan 2007

The Sustainable Farm Families project engages with farming families by informing them about healthy living options and farm safety, recognising that family health is essential for them to effectively utilise their economic and natural resources. This evidence-based program works with farming families in an educative...

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1 Jan 2007

The Healthy for Life program provides funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to address health and wellbeing issues in an interconnected and holistic way, in an integrated primary health care model that uses the best evidence and the ability to adapt initiatives to...

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1 Jan 2007

This presentation discusses the influence of healthy nutritious food in reducing health problems, and explores the relationship between freight and health in remote Indigenous communities. It highlights how inextricably linked the two components are, and that freight is a critical element that cannot be ignored....

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1 Jan 2007

Outlining the opposition Labor Party's direction in health policy, this presentation describes a 'long-term vision for health' in rural Australia. Issues considered include: removal of duplication and inconsistencies between different levels of government in order to use limited health resources for patient based health services;...

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1 Jan 2007

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) provides a weekly child health clinic in the remote Indigenous community of Kowanyama, on Cape York Peninsula. The RFDS runs a playgroup as part of the program. This paper describes the establishment of the playgroup program, its goals, the...

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1 Jan 2007

The Conference's 18 priority recommendations are presented. Two of the issues have been included in each of the nine biannual conferences. This Conference agrees that Indigenous life expectancy is still unacceptably low, and that there is still insufficient focus in national health research efforts on...

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1 Jan 2007

The focus of this paper is on issues facing men, particularly men in regional areas where the incidence of isolation, loneliness and depression are especially acute. Some relevant literature is reviewed. The potential role of 'men's sheds' in helping to overcome these problems is discussed,...

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1 Jan 2007

In Australia access to health services is influenced by various factors, including geography, availability of expertise, and a range of cultural, social and economic factors. This paper describes the establishment of Bila Muuji, a network of autonomous Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in the Bourke-Walgett...

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1 Jan 2007

People living in rural and remote Australia, and particularly Indigenous Australians, have much poorer health and inferior health services than other Australians. This presentation briefly explores the issues of an ageing rural population and its associated health demands, the incidence of depression, lack of access...