Regional Remote Health Section
Manu Kinapina Parlpuru Ninji Kari (Regional Remote Health)
RRHS provides primary health care services and allied health care to residents of the Barkly Region. It is supported by a team of GPs, RNs, ALOs, and Allied Health Professionals.
Within the AHAC structure RRHS prime responsibility is for the expansion of primary health care services across the Barkly including further integration of current services provided by a broad spectrum of services providers. This requires significant planning and resources with clear agreed timelines between stakeholders.
In May 2010, RRHS, through an agreement with the then Department of Health and Families (now the Department of Health), implemented the Barkly Health Service Delivery Area Plan. Phase 1 was the 715 health checks targeted at Aboriginal residents that have never had a health check or currently have expired health checks. The target clientele population in Tennant Creek town living areas is approximately 600 people which was the initial focus. This agreement between AHAC and DHF enabled positive negotiations for implementation and operation of the regionalization project. Phase 2 was the ‘follow-up’ phase including specifically targeted projects (e.g. Male Health, Female Health) in DHF serviced communities as well as communities AHAC is responsible for. The purpose of this joint approach is to better coordinate service delivery with the expectation that clients are provided a more seamless service. An already identified positive from this joint approach is better exchange of client information and follow-up.
RRHS is open from 8am – 5pm Monday to FridayRRHS provides primary health care services and allied health care to residents of the Barkly Region. It is supported by a team of GPs, RNs, ALOs, and Allied Health Professionals
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Programs & Services
The Grow Well Program works as part of the Regional Remote Health Section, incorporating the broader primary health care components of family, community and culture to care for children 0-5 years old and their carers. Grow Well works across seven remote communities within the Barkly Shire, promoting individual and community self-reliance through sensitive cross-disciplinary programming that is unique to each environment, its resources, knowledge, skills and needs.
The Remote Health Service is part of Anyinginyi, and provides health care to residents of North East and Central Barkly, who live remotely, and are unable to visit the Anyinginyi clinic in town. Teams of nurses, and sometimes a doctor, travel out bush to give health care in these remote communities. Most of the services that are carried out in the clinic can be done out bush with, at times, ‘creative improvisation.’
In Australia, Allied Health typically includes all health professions other than medicine, nursing and pharmacy that require a tertiary degree to practice, and who form part of the public health system. They work in health care teams to make the health care system function by providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services that are critical to the other health professionals they work with and the patients they serve. Examples of Allied Health professions are Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists & Podiatrists to name a few.