Sustainable Rural Health Project

Our region’s population is aging, with almost one-third of residents now aged 65 years and over. As people age their healthcare needs generally increase and they need a wider range of services.

In rural areas it is challenging to attract doctors and health workers and maintain the services that are needed in communities. For rural people, they often have to travel away from homes to get the care they need. This is costly and can be stressful and demanding on people and their families.

To address health system and workforce issues in the Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra region, Murray PHN, Boort District Health, Inglewood & Districts Health Services, East Wimmera Health Services and Northern District Community Health have formed the Integrated Health Network (IHN) Alliance.

The IHN Alliance will share resources and work together with communities, to future-proof the region's healthcare services to ensure that people can get the care they need, where and when they need it.

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How to get involved 

Over the next two years, health services and communities will co-design and pilot new healthcare strategies to address the widening gaps caused by workforce shortages in the Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra region. The pilots will be closely evaluated, to find out how they can be sustained over the long term and how they can be applied in other rural regions across the Murray PHN catchment and beyond. The more local people can participate, the more tailored and successful the healthcare outcomes will be.

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Participate in the research

Interviews with healthcare consumers and carers

We are seeking health care consumer or carer stories so that we can better understand local people’s experiences of accessing health care services in the Buloke, Loddon, and Gannawarra Shires.

The aim of the project is to co-design and trial health care services that meet local peoples’ health needs and priorities and that can be delivered in communities over the long term.

We are wanting to conduct interviews with adults (18 years and older) who have experiences to share of being a patient and/or a carer accessing health care services in the Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra region.

Interviews will take place either face-to-face, by phone or video call, and will take approximately 30-60 minutes. People who participate in an interview will receive a $50 grocery voucher for their time.

If you are interested in participating please contact the project coordinator Dr Nerida Hyett or 0457 257 313 by the end of October 2022

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Project ID: 32766 (MUHREC)
Project title: Co-design of place-based and evidence-informed models of sustainable rural healthcare

Page last updated 28 September 2022