More Australians are delaying care or going to emergency departments because they can’t see a GP. Here are six reasons why.
Instead of asking how to fix the rural GP shortage, we should look at the bigger picture and ask how nurse practitioners could work to their full capacity.
Common approaches used to encourage internationally educated health-care professionals to work in smaller communities often focus primarily on attraction, but do not address the reasons why they tend to leave.
Small communities struggle to retain needed internationally educated health-care professionals. Challenges will persist until the compounding effects of social and professional isolation are addressed.
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Both affect the lungs. Both can have serious health consequences in vulnerable populations. Both can have long-term health consequences.
Walgett has gone into a snap lockdown, with emergency testing facilities established and urgent pleas for vaccines.
Failed COVID-19 strategies have resulted in the spread of the virus to vulnerable Aboriginal communities in north-Western NSW.
Inuit in the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region must travel long distances south to receive specialized health-care services.
Inuit living in their traditional territory must travel long distances — often with no personal support — for specialized health-care services like cancer care, obstetrics and dialysis.
Kat Becker’s Wisconsin farm shows some of the challenges facing young farm families.
Both are essential on a farm, but the costs are making it harder for young farmers to grow their businesses.
Older homes can have a variety of environmental health risks.
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Poor indoor air on tribal lands can cause a range of respiratory illnesses, including viral infections. Here’s how people are fixing the problem while preserving traditional ways.
Residents of the remote town of Norris Point launched their own meals-on-wheels program to help the community cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the scale of the pandemic revealed itself in March, one small town in Newfoundland created a community-led meals-on-wheels to support its seniors.
The COVID-19 pandemic increased the challenges rural hospitals already faced.
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Rural health care will have to transform to survive.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive packed in dry ice and need special freezers that can keep them extremely cold.
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The vaccines’ cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that’s only part of a long-running challenge.
Small rural hospitals across the country are struggling to find enough space, staff and supplies.
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Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural COVID-19 cases rise, and administrators fear flu season will make it worse. And then there’s the politics.
For rural people, these stresses are cumulative and contribute to higher levels of trauma, mental ill-health and in some cases, suicidal behaviour.
Business restrictions early in the pandemic, when rural towns had few cases, triggered a backlash that haunts them now.
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Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now “red zones,” suggesting viral spread is out of control.
Rural health providers have had to adapt to the pandemic by providing services in locations like school gyms and community centers.
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The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.
Improved mobile penetration in Ghana is an avenue to improving rural health care.
Mobile health service providers should empower their personnel through the provision of periodic training on good customer relations.
Workers wait to enter a Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Indiana. The plant had been closed after nearly 900 employees tested positive for the coronavirus.
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Being able to identify communities that are susceptible to the pandemic ahead of time would allow officials to target public health interventions to slow the spread of the infection and avoid deaths.
A housing crisis combined with inadequate access to health care in many communities makes Canada’s North vulnerable to COVID-19.
Despite chronic housing need and persistent health and infrastructural inequities, northern communities are turning to the land and each other to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Drug-related deaths in rural areas rose by 41% since 2008.
Many rural communities have experienced economic decline in recent years and have poorer access to drug treatment services. This increases the risk of drug use and overdoses.
Australian women can have an early medical termination – which involves taking two oral medications – up to the ninth week of pregnancy.
Access to early medical abortion is an important part of women’s sexual and reproductive health care. Yet often country GPs don’t offer this service.