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Better Health in the Bush

Wakerman, J. and Humphreys, J. S. (2019), “Better health in the bush”: why we urgently need a national rural and remote health strategy. Med. J. Aust.. doi:10.5694/mja2.50041

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“The five key questions are:

  • How do we get health professionals to work in rural areas and retain them?
  • How do we ensure that high quality, comprehensive primary health care (PHC) services are accessible locally?
  • How do we ensure that these services are sustainable?
  • How much should these services cost?
  • How do we ensure that these services meet community needs?"

“In summary, using available evidence, a national strategy can improve access to high quality, comprehensive PHC in a way that results in greater efficiency, improved equity and more effective service provision that will bring about improved health outcomes in rural and remote areas, which has been the quest of the Australian Government for the past 25 years.”

A nice summary of the issues and some solutions from the two Johns in Aussie.

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