- RH ANZ’S FIVE RU­RAL HEALTH ROAD MAP GOALS

The Orchardist - - Health And Wellbeing -

RU­RAL WELL­BE­ING

The ob­jec­tive is to en­sure ru­ral peo­ple are con­nected to their com­mu­ni­ties and know how to take care of them­selves and each other.

The key ini­tia­tive here is to have re­sourc­ing for the - im­ple­men­ta­tion of the RHANZ-led frame­work which will im­prove men­tal health out­comes for ru­ral New Zealan­ders.

- RHANZ is also call­ing for the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and the Min­istry of Health to con­tinue their fund­ing boost to sup­port ru­ral men­tal health ini­tia­tives, and to also un­der­take re­search on ru­ral youth at risk.

RU­RAL HEALTH SER­VICES

The goal is for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to have ex­cel­lent ac­cess to health care ser­vices closer to home and timely ac­cess to spe­cial­ist and emer­gency ser­vices when re­quired.

RU­RAL HEALTH WORK­FORCE

- RH ANZ want ru­ral health and so­cial ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als to be well re­sourced and sup­ported to pro­vide the high­est qual­ity of ser­vice for peo­ple in their care.

RU­RAL RE­SEARCH AND POL­ICY

This is about hav­ing a strong ev­i­dence base from which to work so that we can help in­form com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, re­source al­lo­ca­tion; health ser­vice pro­vi­sion; tar­geted in­ter­ven­tions and out­comes mea­sures. These are all crit­i­cal for un­der­stand­ing whether ru­ral health out­comes are poorer than ur­ban out­comes and if there is a gap then where best to chan­nel our scarce re­sources.

RU­RAL CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

The goal is for ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to have ex­cel­lent ac­cess to re­li­able, high qual­ity & af­ford­able broad­band and mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity. Achiev­ing this goal is a key en­abler of the other four goals as it un­der­pins ru­ral live­abil­ity.

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