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The relationship between number of primary health care visits and hospitalisations: Evidence from linked clinic and hospital data for remote Indigenous Australians

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Zhao, Yuejen; Wright, Jo; Guthridge, Steven; Lawton, Paul
  • Journal Name: BMC Health Services Research
  • Journal Number: 13
  • Publisher: BioMed Central
  • Published Location: London, United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 14726963

rimary health care (PHC) is widely regarded as essential for preventing and treating ill health. However, the evidence on whether improved PHC reduces hospitalisations has been mixed. This study examines the relationship between PHC and hospital inpatient care in a population with high health need, high rates of hospitalisation and relatively poo ....

The Role of Telecommunications Infrastructure in Regional Economic Growth in China

  • Year: 2006
  • Author: Ding, Lei; Haynes, Kingsley
  • Journal Name: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, The
  • Journal Number: Vol. 12, No. 3
  • Country: China

Different from traditional infrastructures, telecommunications infrastructure has greater potential to lead "leapfrogging" development in the developing countries. This paper provides empirical evidence on the links between telecommunications infrastructure and regional economic growth in China. With a panel dataset of 29 regions o ....

The Rural Allied Health Workforce Study (RAHWS) : background, rationale and questionnaire development

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Keane, Sheila; Smith, Tony; Lincoln, Michelle; Wagner, Scott; Lowe, Shelagh
  • Journal Name: Rural and Remote Health
  • Journal Number: Vol.8, No.4
  • Country: Australia

The allied health professions comprise about 18 per cent of the health workforce in Australia, but there is inadequate information about the nature of this workforce. Recent studies highlight the need for current, detailed information about the allied health workforce in rural areas to assist in workforce planning; national health ....

The rural decline effect on emergency services communities and volunteers

  • Year: 2000
  • Author: Smith, John
  • Journal Name: National Emergency Response
  • Journal Number: Vol.15, No.3
  • Country: Australia

Population drift and rural decline are impacting on emergency services. Volunteers are fewer, the units' average age is increasing. Figures and trends in the Whyalla area are given. Report Location ....

The Rural Practicum: Preparing a Quality Teacher Workforce for Rural and Regional Australia

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Kline, Jodie; White, Simone; Lock, Graeme
  • Journal Name: Journal of Research in Rural Education (Online)
  • Journal Number: 28.3
  • Publisher: Journal of Research in Rural Education
  • Published Location: University Park, United States
  • ISBN: 15510670
  • Country: Australia

Communities play a critical role in supporting pre-service teachers during rural and regional professional experience. This support, coupled with access to teacher educators and university resources, appears to positively influence graduate attitudes toward taking up a rural appointment.   These are among the key findings to emerge from op ....

The tyrannies of distance and disadvantage: Factors related to children's development in regional and disadvantaged areas of Australia

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Ben Edwards and Jennifer Baxter
  • Journal Number: Research Report No. 25
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Vic
  • ISBN: 978-1-922038-38-8
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

  This report examines whether what children in regional areas experience is a “tyranny of distance” or a “tyranny of disadvantage”.   In other words, are the gaps in children’s development in regional areas compared to children living in the major cities explained by their distance from the major cities (remoteness), or is ....

The tyranny of distance? : carers in regional and remote areas of Australia

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Edwards, Ben; Gray, Matthew; Baxter, Jennifer; Hunter, Boyd
  • Publisher: Carers Australia
  • Published Location: Deakin, ACT
  • ISBN: 9781921414152
  • Country: Australia

Unpaid care provided by family and friends is invaluable part of a civilised and caring society - even more so in outer regional and remote areas, which feature an increasingly ageing population and a lack of services. This report helps fill in the gap about what is known about these carers, by 1) documenting the geographic spread ....

They just don't care: the experiences of mental health consumers in a Queensland bush community

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: McColl, Lisa
  • Journal Name: Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH)
  • Journal Number: Vol.6, No.2
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Queensland

This paper arises from research undertaken in a Queensland rural community to determine the influence of bush identity on attitudes to mental health. Through questionnaires and interviews with mental health service consumers, it was discovered that they felt discriminated against, alienated, disempowered, unsupported and alone. Alt ....

Training and Experience of Nurses in Responding to Alcohol Misuse in Rural Communities

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Kennedy, Alison J, BBSc(Hons); Mellor, David, PhD; McCabe, Marita P, PhD; Ricciardelli, Lina A, PhD; Brumby, Susan A, RN, RM, MHM; Head, Alexandra, BA; Mercer-Grant, Catherine, BBus
  • Journal Name: Public Health Nursing
  • Journal Number: 30.4
  • Publisher: Wiley Periodicals
  • ISBN: 07371209
  • Country: Australia

Alcohol misuse by farmers continues to challenge rural nurses. This article reports on the experiences of Australian nurses participating in the Alcohol Intervention Training Program (AITP). Qualitative interviews of 15 rural and remote nurses. Semi-structured phone interviews were utilized to assess the response to and implementation of the AITP ....

Training Australian general practitioners in rural public health: Impact, desirability and adaptability of hybrid problem-based learning

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Gladman, Justin; Perkins, David
  • Journal Name: The Health Education Journal
  • Journal Number: 72.5
  • Published Location: United States
  • ISBN: 00178969
  • Country: Australia

Australian rural general practitioners (GPs) require public health knowledge. This study explored the suitability of teaching complex public health issues related to Aboriginal health by way of a hybrid problem-based learning (PBL) model within an intensive training retreat for GP registrars, when numerous trainees have no PBL experience. A mixed ....

Understanding barriers to mental health service utilization for adolescents in rural Australia

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: Aisbett, D L; Boyd, C P; Francis, K J; Newnham, Krystal; Newnham, Karyn
  • Journal Name: Rural and Remote Health
  • Journal Number: 7
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

There is little research into rural adolescent mental health in Australia and a lack of data regarding the experiences of rural adolescents who seek help for mental health problems. This study used a qualitative approach to data collection and analysis in order to assist understanding of the barriers to mental health service utilis ....

Unintentional Injury, Psychological Distress and Depressive Symptoms: Is There an Association for Rural Australians?

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Fragar, Lyn; Inder, Kerry J; Kelly, Brian J; Coleman, Clare; Perkins, David; Lewin, Terry J
  • Journal Name: Journal of Rural Health
  • Journal Number: 29.1
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Published Location: United States
  • ISBN: 0890-765X
  • Country: Australia

To investigate the association between unintentional injury and mental health in Australian rural communities. This study supports the hypothesis that pre-existing depression is associated with unintentional injury in a rural sample and indicates the important role of prior depression in management of injury, given the high rate of injury in rur ....

University departments of rural health - how do they benefit rural and remote health consumers?

  • Year: 2001
  • Author: Walker, J
  • Journal Name: Australian Health Consumer
  • Journal Number: Vol. 1, No. 2001 Summer
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Tasmania

The aims of the University Department of Rural Health in Tasmania are to change the culture within health care to give high priority to rural heath and to link academic concerns of education and research with operational concerns of service development and delivery. Some practical examples of how this benefits the rural health cons ....

Using participatory action research to foster nurse leadership in Australian rural hospitals

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Bish, Melanie; Kenny, Amanda; Nay, Rhonda
  • Journal Name: Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Journal Number: 15.3
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Published Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 14410745
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Victoria

This paper outlines the processes and results of a participatory action research study undertaken to identify issues that may impact on strategies to foster nurse leadership in rural hospitals. Five Directors of Nursing from rural regions of Victoria, Australia participated. The group activities involved discussion and analysis of previous resear ....

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk assessment: Rural nurses' knowledge and use in a rural acute care hospital

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Gaston, Sherryl, RN, BN Grad Dip Acute Nursing,; White, Sarahlouise, BSc (Hons), PhD
  • Journal Name: International Journal of Nursing Practice
  • Journal Number: 19.1
  • Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Published Location: United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 13227114
  • Country: Australia

It is estimated that about 2000 people die as a result of venous thromboembolism (VTE) each year, with a further 30 000 being hospitalized. Prophylaxis significantly reduces VTE morbidity and mortality, and thus represents a real long-term health-care benefit. The aim of this study was twofold: (i) to assess the current level of compliance to VTE ....

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