Rural, regional and remote allied health, aged care, wellbeing and disability service provider North and West Remote Health (NWRH) has welcomed Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services the Honourable Steven Miles announcement last week that Doctors and Health Professionals will receive more support to work in regional and remote Queensland.
Thanks to a dedicated Office of Rural Health to be established by Lisa Davies-Jones, the Chief Executive of North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS), Doctors, Nurses and public health professionals will be given a stronger voice and more visibility to the issues facing rural and regional staff in order to better help their patients.
A new central base for rural and remote health policy and a commitment to stronger workforce planning especially for smaller communities, the Office of Rural Health will drive rural and remote health planning, ensure improved access, patient quality and safety, and focus on workforce planning and reporting on health outcomes.
Commending Ms Davies-Jones and the NWHHS, along with Minister Miles and the Palaszczuk Government, NWRH Chairman Phil Barwick spoke of the positive outcomes the new Office of Rural Health promises for both the regions public health sector and patients living remotely.
“As an organisation in the health sector that services more than 50 communities across Northern Australia; including some of the most remote communities in Queensland, we (NWRH) understand the difficulties faced in the recruitment and retention of health professionals in the region, and the importance of a united, productive and satisfied workforce in order to deliver patients regular high levels of care closer to home, said Mr Barwick.
“Making it easier for doctors to rotate through regional and country hospitals and delivering increased support in the workplace for rural clinicians will improve certainty and impact on procurement and longevity of the health workforce.
“Resulting in a strengthened public health system, we look forward to seeing the Office of Rural Health producing positive impacts for the health sector, patients and the communities of the North West into the future.