Nurses wary of cold turkey’ backlash
Continued from Health cover that stamping out community and family dysfunction ‘‘ will take a generation or more’’. Fixing the factors at the root of the problems ‘‘ will require significant investment in areas not traditionally linked to the health sector’’, NRHA chairman professor John Wakerman said in a letter to Howard.
‘‘ These investments in education, housing, employment, water, transport and food will have to be at substantial levels — and ongoing,’’ Wakerman said.
‘‘ We hope that such long-term investments in rural, regional and remote areas will be forthcoming.
‘‘ Like the emergency response, the longterm action must be well-resourced and comprehensive. To recruit and retain the numbers of health professionals necessary will require major development of health service infrastructure, establishment of high-quality management and governance systems involving communities, and appropriate linkages between key service, training and professional support agencies.’’
The calls came as federal health minister Tony Abbott confirmed the planned health checks for Aboriginal children — which have been the subject of much controversy — would be performed with the consent of the children’s parents.
As Abbott has previously indicated, the health assessments would not involve a specific check for signs of sexual abuse unless evidence of abuse was uncovered while taking the patient’s medical history, or came to light in the normal course of the examination.
Guidelines released by Abbott on Thursday suggested the health checks would take about 45 minutes, but might vary significantly between individuals.
About 20 multi-disciplinary teams would be required to ensure the checks could be completed within six months. Each team would probably comprise one doctor, two nurses, one Aboriginal health worker and one administrative support worker.
Alcohol abuse: An Aboriginal woman collapses from intoxication outside the Todd River Hotel, Alice Springs, last week