The 2016 National Aged Care Staffing Skills Mix Project Report identifies that the evidence based minimum care requirement and skill mix to ensure safe residential and restorative care is Registered Nurse (RN) 30%, Enrolled Nurse (EN) 20% and Personal Care Worker 50%.
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Engage target population to collaborate in planning health strategies for their benefit. Especially hard to reach community members such as adolescents.

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Workforce safety needs to be a funding priority with more investment in education, training and ongoing professional development. There is also a need for better coordination and systematic policy to prevent and manage aggression.
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We need to focus on health innovation ... there are so many opportunities for innovation in health care in rural and regional Australia, to try out new ideas, new concepts and new approaches.

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More research into barriers faced by rural people in accessing services

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There should be separate funds allocated for addressing the mental health concerns of culturally and linguistically diverse people, as well as refugees and migrants in rural locations as often these are compounding risk factors.

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An overarching message on diversity and inclusivity is required, especially in Rural and Remote health. No one wants things done “to them” rather health services need to be designed “with them”. We should send a clear message on the requirement for rural and remote persons to be included in... more

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NRHA lobby Federal and State Treasurers to urgently provide zonal incentives for people who choose to live and work in RRR communities.

This investment in the future of RRR communities could include, but should not be limited to, taxation, reduction in hecs debts, reductions in stamp duty... more

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Oral health is an important part of health and well-being. Cost is a major deterrent ( see Grattan report) recommendation - add at least oral health therapy services to Medicare funded services now

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When rolling out a campaign to connect with hard to reach communities, that focus on health promotion, keep the content relatable, clear, and concise.

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Early career allied health employment opportunities in rural and remote settings should be
supported. For this to be succeed rural and remote health service agencies, particularly
smaller organisations, require secure funding and policy support.
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-Co-design locally relevant guidelines, don't slavishly follow international guidelines

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The RHA influences a policy response which addresses the impact of income on food affordability, which is excerbated in rural and remote communities.

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Let’s change the old saying “publish or perish” to “make an impact or implode”

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Perpetrators of abuse of older persons often do not see themselves as perpetrators. Therefore this problem may be part of a broader issue in society, where we need have conversations and increase community understanding of what constitutes abuse.

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Reinstate the National Injury and Prevention Plan to systematically support child farm safety.

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Truth telling. It is time to make a recommendation to governments about truth telling around the history of our Australia. Our history needs to be taught at schools. That will impower communities to get out of poverty and to address disease introduced by colonisation .

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Learn from Aboriginal Staff and community members to enhance cultural safety to improve well being of young children (first 2000 days)

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NRHA and member groups advocate to politicians and the media about the link between climate change and health, and the importance of action to mitigate climate change. This includes a transition away from dependence on fossil fuels (especially coal and gas) to 100% renewable energy - in a way... more

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CHRONIC PAIN - Revise the Worker's Compensation and MAC schemes in the Northern Territory to reflect (and incentivise) a focus on early, multidisciplinary intervention following musculoskeletal injury; with the aim of reducing risk of long-term, pain-related disability.
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