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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