Journal Mobile

D Godden
Journal Issue: 
Volume 35: Issue 4: 2005




The provision of health services, including specialist medical services, to rural and remote communities may require a different approach to the increasingly sub-specialised, centralised  and  consumer-orientated  systems  prevailing  in  urban centres.  The  close  links  between  health  services  and  viability  of  communities introduces  an  additional  political  dimension  to  health  planning  in  these  settings. New models of care and new technologies will require specific training for rural settings.  International  experience  must  be  used  to  mutual  benefit  in  developing services of appropriate standard, which comply with local needs and are staffed by appropriately trained, supported and accredited clinicians.