Rural health in New Zealand

The National Health Committee has released a report on the challenges faced in delivering sustainable and comprehensive health and disability services in rural New Zealand. The report, entitled Rural health : challenges of distance, opportunities for innovation, highlights the need for improvement in three key areas : service delivery; system performance and planning, data collection and research. Many of the problems highlighted, such as inferior Internet and telecommunication provision, difficulties in access to specialists, gaps in life expectancy, and community governance in health services will resonate with Australian rural health professionals.

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