The cap on HMR’s should be lifted (especially in rural and remote areas as this impacts the amount of patients that can benefit from HMRs) and HMRs need to be initiated by people other than GP’s.
Encourage all health services (hospitals and clinics) to join up with the Global Green and Healthy Hospital network - a free global network that helps health services improve their environmental sustainability.
Given the evidence demonstrating the impact of active research participation on health and wellbeing of rural Australians, we recommend:
1. Increased funding for rural research, to improve patient outcomes in regional communities.
2. Establishing and supporting academic and research... more
We recommend that there is education of the current and emerging workforce (undergrad level) regarding the social determinants of health, and the importance of addressing these when managing people's health and wellbeing.
The rural health research workshop has considered the draft research priorities identified through the National Rural Alliance Alliance submission to the MRFF when they called for submissions on the priority criteria for the scheme. While broadly supporting the priorities from NRHA the delegates... more
That the Commonwealth Government re-introduce zone rebates on taxation to rural and remote health professionals that will reduce the taxation paid by medical officers, general practitioners, nurses and allied health professionals working in rural and remote Australia.
That for a research project to be classed as “rural” at least one of the principal investigators should reside in the region, the next adjacent region or a rural or remote region similar to the proposed research. This ensures rural research capacity is developed and the community in question can... more
Support the formation of a Sustainable Development Unit, which can work across health services in Australia to improve environmental sustainability and reduce emissions from the health sector (could be modelled off the UK Sustainable Development Unit).
We need to see increased research funds for rural. The effects of drought and climate change on rural population health, is data that will inform planning, for adaptation, including provision of most appropriate infrastructure, staffing in heat waves, water quality and quantity, disaster... more
Each accreditation panel or equivalent for rural health education provides must include a member with specific rural expertise and a consideration of indicators and metrics that are supportive of positive rural practice andcommunity engagement
Communities to establish place-based planetary health teams.
These could be led by First Nations people where possible, and guided by a range of health professionals, to enhance the health and wellbeing of people and their local, regional and global environment. Teams would learn together... more