Sustainable rural health project

In rural areas it is challenging to attract doctors and health workers and maintain the services that are needed in communities. For rural people, they often have to travel away from homes to get the care they need. This is costly and can be stressful and demanding on people and their families.

The Integrated Health Network Alliance (IHN) was formed in 2019 to focus on addressing the health needs of the Buloke, Loddon and Gannawarra region. These include chronic conditions like diabetes, heart, respiratory, mental and oral health, and other needs of our ageing population.

In 2022, the IHN Alliance launched its Sustainable Rural Health Project to begin addressing the gaps caused by workforce shortages. Using up-to-date research, the project is helping health services work with community to create and trial new services and strategies that encourage doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals to live and work in rural areas over the longer term.

The IHN Alliance includes Murray PHN, Boort District Health, Inglewood & Districts Health Services, East Wimmera Health Services, and Northern District Community Health.

Project ID: 32766 (MUHREC). Project title: Co-design of place-based and evidence-informed models of sustainable rural healthcare.

Last Update: May 24th, 2024