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Outreach News

Here's a snapshot of what's been happening in the health outreach space in rural NSW:

 

Access to ENT services for Aboriginal families - a statewide update (01/08/16)

Over the past twelve months, RDN has worked closely with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS), Local Health Districts (LHDs) and Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists to deliver additional ENT consultation and surgical clinics across NSW. Read more...

Budyari Aboriginal Community Health Centre - Outreach to an urban Aboriginal community (08/03/16)

Budyari began 15 years ago as a NSW Aboriginal Vascular Health Program demonstration site that was set up to deliver chronic care services for the Liverpool Local Government Area catchment that is home to more than 2500 Aboriginal people. Read more...

Primary eye health training and Outreach upskilling sessions (08/03/16)

RDN’s needs assessment for the Visiting Optometrist Scheme (VOS) found most Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in NSW have access to primary eye care services through visiting or local optometrists and relationships with ophthalmologists. However, improving primary care workers’ confidence in basic eye care screening was identified as a need across Western NSW through the Western NSW Eye Health Partnership that is funded by the Fred Hollows Foundation and facilitated by RDN. Read more...

ENT surgery commences in Griffith (24/8/15)

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery has recommenced at Griffith Base Hospital to treat Aboriginal children with ear health conditions. The service was established after Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service identified a need to provide local access to ENT surgery as part of a state-wide ear health needs assessment conducted by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN). Studies indicate that close to 10 percent of Aboriginal children have ear or hearing problems compared to three percent of non-Aboriginal children. Read more...

New maternity service for Collarenebri and Mungindi (9/6/15)

A much-needed outreach maternity program that provides antenatal services to Aboriginal women in two isolated rural communities has commenced. The service allows Aboriginal women to access comprehensive antenatal care on country and closer to home, and to receive timely referrals to specialised perinatal services. Read more...

Ear Bus Project is on the road (27/5/15)

Rural children will soon benefit from the new Hear Our Hearts Ear Bus Project initiative that aims to improve ear health across Western NSW. The initiative covers Dubbo and surrounding districts and there are future plans to have the Ear Bus on the road regularly, going to schools and childcare centres to educate and test students so that hearing issues can be addressed in a timely manner. Read more...

New ENT outreach service commences in Ballina (1/4/15)

Bullinah Aboriginal Health Service hosted their first Ear, Nose and Throat clinic in February. Dr Puneet Titoria, who visited the Aboriginal service in Ballina from Lismore Base Hospital, advised that more than half of the that 20 Aboriginal paediatric and youth patients that attended the clinic would require further follow-up - either at his rooms or for surgical intervention. Read more...

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