Better healthcare for Australians in regional and rural communities
Accessing specialist care, workforce shortages, limited resources such as access to transport and often higher proportion of people with chronic conditions for example create challenges for the delivery of healthcare in regional and rural Australia. These challenges can result in higher rates of higher rates of hospitalisation and death, with poorer access to healthcare services. For older people in these areas, these challenges are heightened by their often more complex health needs.
Home-based healthcare is developing as a solution to these challenges. Rural and regional healthcare providers need a simple process to help them decide which solutions to deliver for the communities they serve, and how they can best deliver them.
And that’s where DELIVER comes in.
DELIVER will use research and engagement with rural and regional older people and their carers, health providers and peak bodies to:
- Understand what the people and healthcare providers of western Victoria need most in terms of home-based healthcare services.
- Design and test the best way to deliver these services.
- Build a model that ensures home-based healthcare services will continue to grow and expand across the region and beyond.
To achieve this, DELIVER will:
- Support the growth of research in western Victoria through training, support services and funding of new research roles.
- Build a system to ensure that research findings can quickly be translated to improvements in healthcare.
DELIVER aims to leave a sustainable legacy of better health outcomes and a greater research capacity across western Victoria, via our two key streams of work: