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Characteristics p4

People who live in rural, remote or very remote areas

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2022) Rural and remote health.  Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/rural-remote-australians/rural-and-remote-health

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2022) Rural and remote Australians. Available from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/population-groups/rural-remote-australians/overview

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2022) Regional population.  Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/regional-population/latest-release

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) (2021) Local Government Area. Available from: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/standards/australian-statistical-geography-standard-asgs-edition-3/jul2021-jun2026/non-abs-structures/local-government-areas

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2020) Aged care in rural and remote Australia.  Available here.

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) (2019) Addressing Aged Care workforce issues in rural and remote Australia.  Report from the Australian Gerontology Regional, Rural and Remote Special Interest Group workshop held in conjunction with the National Rural Health Alliance.  Available from: https://www.voced.edu.au/content/ngv:87415

Colman, C. (2021) Aged care in rural Australia. The Australian Journal of Rural Health 29:3 p483-484.  Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/ajr.12770


Aged care services and support available for Australians living in rural, remote or very remote areas

My Aged Care. Support for people living in rural and remote areas.  Available from: https://www.myagedcare.gov.au/support-people-living-rural-and-remote-areas

Department of Health and Aged Care. Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) Program.  The MPS Program provides integrated health and aged care services for older Australians living in small communities in regional and remote areas.  Further information about the MPS program is available from: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/multi-purpose-services-mps-program

Department of Health and Aged Care. Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF).  The RHOF supports outreach initiatives that improve access to healthcare in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.  Further information is available from: https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/rural-health-outreach-fund

CRANA Plus is the peak professional body for the remote and isolated health workforce in Australia.  Further information is available from: https://crana.org.au/

The National Rural Health Alliance brings together national organisations, committed to improving the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote Australia.  https://www.ruralhealth.org.au/

Dementia Support Australia. 24/7 Remote & Rural Dementia Support (video and information).  Available from: https://www.dementia.com.au/where-we-go


Delivering safe and inclusive services for Australians living in rural, remote or very remote areas

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) (2017) Towards an action plan for aged care for rural and remote Australia.  Report from AAG, Rural and Remote Special Interest Group workshop. Available here.

CRANA Plus. Aged Care Training Modules Available from: https://crana.org.au/learning-opportunities/other-training/aged-care

Blackberry, I., Wilding, C., Chisholm, M., Wishart, D., Keeton, W., Chan, C., Fraser, M., Boak, J., Knight, K., & Horsfall, L. (2020) Empowering older people in accessing aged care services in a consumer market. Project final report. John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe University, Wodonga.  Available here.

Smart Rural Health Research Team (2017) Best Practice Project.  Includes a series of written and digital best practice case studies and stories from the participating Victorian small rural and community health services.  Available from: https://smartruralhealth.wordpress.com/the-best-practice-project/