The seventeen priority recommendations from the 12th National Rural Health Conference held this week in Adelaide cover many of the most important issues facing the rural and remote health sector. Advocates for the people of rural and remote Australia, including the NRHA, will consider all of the proposals and promote their adoption – especially in the lead-up to the September Election.
The priority recommendations are available on the Alliance’s website - nrha.org.au/12nrhc/home/recommendations-process
They were informally presented to Tanya Plibersek immediately before she presented the Closing Address to the Conference on Wednesday afternoon. The Minister picked up on three of the 17 which are of particular importance to the Government: the provision of high speed broadband at equal cost to people everywhere; the development of Medicare Locals; and Commonwealth/State/Territory progress on improved oral health services - particularly for disadvantaged groups.
The seventeen recommendations fall into four thematic groups. The first six relate to physical and soft infrastructure for health and health-related services. The second six relate to specific clinical service areas, including child health and aged care.
The third set relates to rural and remote health workforce issues and includes calls for more allied health positions, for a greater number of generalist health professionals, and for health authorities to engage closely with health students and other leaders of the future.
The fourth theme relates to management and care for chronic conditions in Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders. Building on several plenary and concurrent session papers, the proposal is for a greater number of health promotion activities targeted specifically at the circumstances of Indigenous people.
All of the recommendations proposed at the Conference, together with comments on many of them from people who attended, can be seen in raw form at the Sharing Shed section of the conference website. Conference media releases are also available on the website and links to the extensive coverage by Croakey are available at the foot of Croakey’s latest piece which is at http://tinyurl.com/sharing-shed
Gordon Gregory – Executive Director: 02 6285 4660
Penny Hanley – Media Advisor: 02 6285 4660
Leanne Coleman – Conference Manager: 02 6285 4660