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Partnerships to Improve Rural and Remote Health Care


Walker, JH, Partnerships to Improve Rural and Remote Health Care, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 58, (3) pp. 72-75. ISSN 0313-6647 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-8500.00109


It is well known that rural communities do not have access to the same range of healthcare services as urban communities and that health status is poorer in rural areas. As models of health service delivery are changing from treatment and illness prevention to wellness models, health providers are under increasing pressure to re-engineer healthcare services to rural and remote areas in a climate of shrinking resources and community skepticism. The purpose of this article is to examine a developing model of partnership in rural Tasmania in the context of these changes to health service delivery, changes to health professional training and the application of information and telecommunications technology. The partners are the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services and the University of Tasmania. The establishment of the university's Rural Health Teaching Sites in conjunction with the Tasmanian Telehealth Network provides a demonstration of this partnership in action.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health and community services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Walker, JH (Professor Judi Walker)
ID Code:18113
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2000-06-23

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