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CRANAplus Digital Health Agency Submission

31 Jan 2017

People in remote Australia, who are much more likely to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, have higher morbidities and associated mortality, yet have limited access to services that most Australians would take for granted. Remote communities in Australia most commonly do not have a local hospital or a private general practitioner. Care is made available through access to Remote Area Nurses (RANs) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners/Workers, supported by visiting Medical and Allied Health professionals, all of whom require advanced skills and knowledge. The evidence supports that faster access to digital health records and seamless sharing of health information ultimately impacts positively on consumer health outcomes.

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