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.
Only the optimists have the attitude necessary to ensure our communities see it through the tough times, becomes more capable of setting their own horizons, and creates a opportunities that well serve future generations of regional Queenslanders.
So how do we create the strategies to match our attitude?