Fiona Farmer, Nurse Educator, Cancer and Haematology Nursing, Australian College of Nursing
I find that accessing the RHEF resources is quick, easy and very useful for maintaining current knowledge and gaining quality information about health care initiatives that are in progress in rural and remote Australia. RHEF also provides information about what people in rural areas across Australia are experiencing in relation to their health conditions and the availability of access to health care. Equity of health care for all Australians is every person’s right and the RHEF monitors and reports on issues such as ‘closing the gap’ for health care of indigenous Australians. This is only one of the programs made available by RHEF that all health care providers need to be aware of in order to support health care initiatives across the nation.
The diversity of information and resources is related to rural and remote health, for example, there are specific resources for women’s health, men’s health, mental health, farm safety, end of life care and guidelines on managing difficult consultations to name a few. Access to this information is varied from online, webinars, TV downloads, DVD’s and learning guides.
The DVDs, Resources and Learning Guides are informative and help to highlight current health concerns for people living in rural and remote settings. When relevant I am keen to recommend RHEF resources and website to students, colleagues and peers living in metropolitan, rural and remote Australia. I will continue to utilise and recommend the RHEF site and thank you for providing well researched information on the many current health issues in rural and remote Australia.