Over the past 18 months the Foundation was funded by Federal and State government as well as by corporate and trust and foundations on a project by project basis to produce 21 individual programs and more than 5 resource DVDs with filmed case studies, documentaries, learning guides and live panel discussion programs.
Telehealth: The New Bush Telegraph
The Rural Health Education Foundation has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to develop a series of short and extended TV programs to promote and increase the uptake and appropriate utilisation of telehealth.The aim of this project is aimed primarily at rural and remote health professionals (especially those who are contemplating using telehealth), health consumers, and patients & carers to increase demand and willingness to participate when offered telehealth. In developing the content for the audio-visual material, the focus will be on telehealth’s usefulness and ease of implementation.
The education resources developed for this project are packaged onto a DVD and are currently being distributed at no cost.
The DVD includes:
The New Bush Telegraph: Telehealth for Rural and Remote Practice – recording of the live panel program broadcast on 29th January 2013 (60 mins)
Stories From The New Bush Telegraph: The Impact of Telehealth – a documentary showcasing clinicians and patients who are regularly using telehealth. (30 mins)
Indigenous Nutrition Project
The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing with additional funding from the St.George Foundation, The Marian and E.H Flack Trust and Rotary District 9810 Clubs in Victoria funded the production, broadcasting and distribution of a comprehensive resource DVD.
The Indigenous Nutrition Project features two educational television programs looking at health and nutrition amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Good Tucker: Improving Indigenous Health is a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session directed at health practitioners. It discusses dietary changes, barriers to a health diet and subsequent health consequences.
Eat Strong: Good Food for Health is a half hour documentary program, which showcases some great health promotion and community development programs in rural and remote Australia that aim to improve health and nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These case studies were all filmed in rural and remote areas of Australia – Bulla Community in NT, Grafton in NSW and at the Kimberley Training Institute in WA.
This project also includes a health education resource DVD on healthy nutrition for the use of Aboriginal Health Workers and other community health workers in their communities. Funding of the DVD enabled health workers and health organisations to order the DVD at no cost.
Strong Body: Healthy Lifestyle is a resource DVD aimed at Aboriginal Health Workers, Healthy Lifestyle Workers and other Community Health Workers. This DVD can be used as a health promotion tool which also contains health worker education resources that can be used in groups and individuals.
Improving Indigenous Eye Health Project
Funding for this program has been provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, the IOOF Foundation, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Allergan.
The Foundation’s Improving Indigenous Eye Health Project aims to improve eye health in Indigenous communities and incorporates two educational television programs for health professionals and the community.
A Clear View is a 75-minute panel program which discusses different eye health diseases as well as the continuum of eye care that includes prevention, early detection, treatment and rehabilitation. Filmed case studies feature some specific models of care.
See Strong is a half hour documentary style program that highlights some successful programs operating in the Northern Territory that offer both prevention and treatment options to improve Indigenous eye health.
Case studies were filmed in rural and remote locations. The programs feature a trachoma prevention program being implemented in the Bulla community in NT, a Regional Eye Health Program in Katherine, NT at the Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and an Ophthalmologist in Central Australia.