Funds low for health

By Cobram Courier

Just 1.1 per cent of National Health and Medical Research Council funding went to rural health between 2000 and 2014, according to a new report.

The research suggests people in rural and remote Australia have poorer health outcomes and less access to health services than their urban counterparts.

The research comes after a symposium in Canberra to discuss rural and remote health research, which informs strategic health policy and health service challenges in rural and remote Australia.

The symposium was a chance to share and develop research which seeks to understand and deliver change through evidence building and has the potential to transform health outcomes and service delivery.

Cobram District Health interim chief executive Jacque Phillips said increased community health programs at a local level would benefit people in rural communities who wanted to stay close to home.

‘‘Cobram District Health service continues to work with funding bodies to improve access to health care in our local community,’’ she said.

‘‘Access to timely and appropriate health care is an important issue for everyone.

‘‘It is important local health services are able to maintain a level of care that is safe and appropriate for the patient, and the workforce is trained and skilled to deliver health care.

‘‘The decisions to seek health care away from rural areas are made in consultation with the treating doctor and to ensure patients receive the right care.’’