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27 February 2017
$93 million Federal Government commitment to rural health welcomed
The announcement of $93 million in funding for rural health workforce agencies is welcomed by the RDWA, South Australia’s workforce agency.
“The funding recognises the immense value and contribution workforce agencies make to rural communities,” said RDWA CEO, Ms Lyn Poole.
“The RDWA has been supporting GPs across rural and remote South Australia since 1998, and our support now extends to the rural primary health care workforce more broadly. We are immersed in rural communities and we understand the needs of their health workforce,” she said.
Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced the new $93 million national Rural Workforce Agency program as part of the Federal Coalition Government’s health workforce reform agenda.
“The RDWA, like our counterparts in the other states and the Northern Territory, deliver on-the-ground activities to enhance the health and well-being of people who live in rural and remote Australia,” said Ms Poole.
“We are constantly striving to connect medical and health professionals to the communities who need them.
“We also connect with country kids, those who want to make medicine a career, and we help make their dreams become a reality.
Ms Poole says she welcomes the continued focus on rural health and is looking forward to welcoming the new Rural Health Commissioner, when announced by the Minister.
21 February 2017
Country people needing city health services benefit from donation
The RDWA has donated more than $9000 to the Cancer Council’s Greenhill and Flinders Lodges.
The money was donated by the resident GP workforce in rural South Australia.
“Our doctors had a choice to receive a fee for completing our GP survey or to donate the fee to a charity of their choice or to ours,” said RDWA CEO, Ms Lyn Poole.
“We chose Greenhill and Flinders Lodges because they help country residents who need to come to Adelaide for cancer treatment,” she said.
A cheque for $9280 was presented to Ms Cynthia Nicholson, who volunteers a large amount of time and energy to raising funds for the Greenhill and Flinders Lodges.
“The accommodation at the Lodges is only available to country cancer patients and their families who need to have cancer treatment in Adelaide. This donation will help towards the renovations we are currently doing to the rooms there,” said Ms Nicholson.
More information about the Cancer Council accommodation in Adelaide is available at www.cancersa.org.au.
10 February 2017
Ceduna kids benefit from Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening
Aboriginal children living near Ceduna are benefitting from an ear health clinic established through RDWA’s Outreach suite of specialist health services.
In a first for Ceduna, a hearing clinic was conducted this week with specialist audiologists testing local Aboriginal children.
Hearing issues in Aboriginal communities are among the highest in the world. Treatment is relatively simple and can have positive, life-changing affects.
The program, Healthy Ears – Better Hearing, Better Listening is funded by the Australian Government and is established in partnership with health services in Ceduna, the Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service and the GP Plus medical clinic and also with the Women’s and Children’s Health Network.
“We have two audiologists contracted to provide regular visits to young Aboriginal people,” said Rural Doctors Workforce Agency CEO, Lyn Poole.
“This service will make a real difference to the lives of those young people, and that’s exactly what the RDWA Outreach program is about - delivering specialists services to people who live in country regions. We also make sure the services delivered are done so in a culturally appropriate way, that’s why we partner with Aboriginal Community Controlled health services, in this case Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service,” she said.
The hearing clinics, which will be held on a monthly basis, are able to refer to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who also visits Ceduna regularly through the RDWA Outreach programs.
“The RDWA has been working hard to ensure that specialist services are put into areas of need and that the work that is done actually makes a difference to people’s lives,” said Ms Poole.
For further information please contact Lesley Johns 0412 583 577.