Improved continuity of care (communication, care pathways, care coordination, integrated care and collaboration) to prevent patients ‘falling through the gaps’ in the service delivery system are essential if regional health is to improve.
Can we improve the health care system for regional Australians to be more patient-centric and personalised, so that it delivers great health care inclusively, appropriately and efficiently? What can be done to make regional health care in reality more regional?
Forced decentralisation of government agencies out of Canberra is unlikely to be a viable strategy for regional development. Stronger long term partnerships between the Commonwealth and the regions is a better alternative.
The challenges facing regional Australia are varied and great, necessitating all the investment we can draw upon them – but above all else, we will only build the resilient regions about which we speak, if we creatively weave the dreaming, and enterprise, the personal commitment and responsibility with civic value and government, the engineer and the scientist with the artist and the farmer, the people and the planet – into one integrated proposition that will sustain our respective regions into the future.