Key Issues

The pri­or­i­ties for remote & iso­lat­ed health in Australia: 

The Givens:
Remote­ly locat­ed Aus­tralians suf­fer a much greater bur­den of dis­ease than oth­er Australians.

The Con­text:
Health pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in remote Aus­tralia work in some of the most geo­graph­i­cal­ly, pro­fes­sion­al­ly and social­ly iso­lat­ing envi­ron­ments in the world. This requires them to be resource­ful, use a com­pre­hen­sive pri­ma­ry health care approach, have pub­lic health knowl­edge and the skills to work cross culturally.

Who are They?
Nurs­es, mid­wives, doc­tors, allied & oral health pro­fes­sion­als along with Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander Health practitioners/​workers.

Where are They?
They work in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander com­mu­ni­ties, farm­ing dis­tricts, on off­shore min­ing, tourism, Antarc­ti­ca, on islands, in deten­tion cen­tres, jus­tice health, aeromed­ical and small remote towns often with high­ly mobile populations.

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