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Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare

Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare

Healthcare professionals and consumers are connecting in a virtual forum hosted today by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to showcase innovations making a difference to patient care across rural and regional NSW.

ACI Chief Executive Dr Nigel Lyons explained that the Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) Forum is bringing people together that want to make a difference in rural healthcare to encourage the spread of successful healthcare innovation.

“Rural and regional areas need to be resourceful and innovative in delivering healthcare solutions to their communities. They share the challenges of distance, smaller populations and workforce retention, and are each unique in the makeup of their communities,” said Dr Lyons.

“It is critical that the strategies to improve the way we deliver healthcare in rural areas and in turn improve the health of people in rural NSW, are identified and supported by those who deliver the care in these settings,” Dr Lyons said.

“That is why ACI is supporting healthcare professionals and consumers to share ideas that have the potential to be taken up by other rural settings or that demonstrate sustainability in embedding healthcare change to improve patient care,” he said. 

“Where successful rural and regional programs are identified, we are keen to connect people to share the lessons learned and drive sustainable evidence based improvements in care”, said Dr Lyons.

“Presentations at today’s RICH Forum will showcase a wide range of innovative rural models for workforce recruitment and retention and improved patient care that have the potential for broader implementation. We are confident that today’s event will foster the spread of good ideas and inform tailored innovative approaches to service delivery that make sure everyone has the opportunity for better health in NSW”, he said.

Using a blend of face to face and video conference technology and social media, the one day ‘virtual’ forum is linking 17 satellite hubs across rural NSW including:

  • Balranald
  • Bega
  • Broken Hill
  • Chatswood
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Cooma
  • Dubbo
  • Griffith
  • Inverell
  • Lismore
  • Macksville
  • Orange
  • Port Macquarie
  • Queanbeyan
  • Tamworth
  • Tweed
  • Wagga Wagga 

In addition Hunter New England (HNE) Local Health District is web streaming the event live to HNE desktops. The forum has attracted over 200 delegates including people from the rural multidisciplinary workforce, non government organisations, Local Health Districts, Aboriginal Medical Services, Medicare Locals, Residential Aged Care Providers, NSW Ambulance, Royal Flying Doctor, University Departments of Rural Health and the Royal Far West Kids.

For more on the RICH Forum visit: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/events/rural-innovations-changing-healthcare-forum

To join the Rural Health Network visit: www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/networks/rural-health

Visit the RICH Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/groups/rich2014/