The Commonwealth Department of Health is starting to use a new system for classifying remoteness in some of its programs.
It seems likely that the Modified Monash classification scheme will gradually take the place of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC – RA) system. This is the one with the five-point scale: Major cities, Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote, and Very remote.
The NRHA is holding an information session in University House at the ANU in Canberra on Wednesday, 2 December. There will be presentations by officers from the Department of Health, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the ABS, the NRHA itself, and the Independent Hospitals Pricing Authority. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion of the implications of applying the new scheme, as well as its technical aspects.
There is strong interest in this information session and plans are in train to have it broadcast by some means in real time.
There is no charge for the information session and further details about it can be seen here.