In the rural and backward parts of Australia, there are many medical and clinical challenges faced by the people who are living there. In the remote of Australia and the rural areas, delivering health care can be a very complex process with unique and different challenges or characteristics (Wakerman & Humphreys, 2019). Challenges and characteristics can include the distance and the access to the communities, who are most likely to be dependent, scarcity in the minimum resources that are required (Hastings, 2016). There are major challenges that include the availability of technology and IT. Communication is also a factor that creates challenges to reach the rural areas and provide the better health facilities.
People who belong to the rural and remote areas of Australia are often required to travel many miles away from their homes to get the medical services and the treatment that they need (Humphreys & Wakerman, 2016). There are many times when people don’t want to travel miles away because many times they don’t have money which will be required in the process. Another major factor due to which people don’t want to travel for the access to the medical facilities because more often they lost the network and support of their loved ones including family and friends.
Communities who live in rural and remote areas are more likely to not having general practitioner (GP) near them. A practical barrier for accessing care is not having general practitioner near the remote and rural communities (McFarlane et al., 2018). The people of the remote areas are more likely to have major issues due to not having a proper GP (general practitioners) near them. Communities of rural areas are more likely to stay and admitted in the emergency department (ED) because they don’t give attention to the small symptoms and they go to the medical facilities when they have the major health issues (Jones et al., 2016). The people of the rural and remote communities are expected to be admitted for 12 months as they neglect the symptoms and as they don’t have general practitioners near them to access the medial facilities from them.
The reason behind choosing this topic is that I have experienced the same challenges. I was on the vacations and I decided to meet my uncle and his family. When I was spending my vacation over there, I realized that hospital was 300 kilometers away from the uncle’s house. One day my cousin met with an accident and got faint over there only. There was no general practitioner nearby to help us. Then my uncle and we decided to commute 300 kilometers for the medical treatment of my cousin. We spent over two months there for the treatment of my cousin.
He was admitted in the emergency department as doctors discovered that he has a very low immunity system that’s making my cousin weak and the doctor suggested that the recovery will took more than two months in the hospital. That was a very hard time for me and my uncle because we were away for two months from our families to get the treatment done of my cousin.
Hastings, A. (2016, November). Defining health: How users and practitioners of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine experience health care in a remote area of Australia. In Refereed Proceedings of TASA 2016 Conference (p. 105).
Humphreys, J., & Wakerman, J. (2018). Learning from history: How research evidence can inform policies to improve rural and remote medical workforce distribution. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 26(5), 329-334.
Jones, D. M., McAllister, L., & Lyle, D. M. (2018). Rural and remote speech-language pathology service inequities: An Australian human rights dilemma. International journal of speech-language pathology, 20(1), 98-101.
McFarlane, K., Judd, J., Wapau, H., Nichols, N., Watt, K., & Devine, S. (2018). How primary health care staff working in rural and remote areas access skill development and expertise to support health promotion practice. Rural and remote health, 18.
Wakerman, J., & Humphreys, J. S. (2019). “Better health in the bush”: why we urgently need a national rural and remote health strategy. The Medical Journal of Australia, 210(5), 202-203.
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