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    Duggy the DC3

    In our community birthing services are a major issue. With a Hospital entirely run by fly-in fly out locums, midwives stretched and tired and constant Media intrusion the only promise from Labor was a “Super Clinic”. We have tried to converse with local Government for years but the best they offer is a Bandaid solution. Negotiation with Federal Counterparts is impossible, we never see their Ilk here apart from announcing another Pork Barrel. The biggest tragedy in Rural health is the ignorance of Coastal populations and the arrogance State and Federal Politicians. Even if the Independents profess to care for the Bush how do we in the communities even begin to have a Conversation with them?

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    Hello Duggy, one way to start a conversation with them is to write a piece for Croakey. If you’re interested, get in touch with me directly (I think you have my email or it’s easy enough to find via Google), and we can chat about you writing a piece about the health issues of your community.

    Hello Rorschach, It doesn’t sound like you’re up to speed with how telemedicine is already being used in the bush. I’ve spoken with country GPs whose patients are delighted that it can help reduce their need to travel to specialists in regional centres. Better connection has all sorts of health benefits, quite apart from the potential to improve and expand health service delivery. Improving health is not always about fixing old systems but is also about building new ones to make use of the rapidly evolving opportunities of technology etc.


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