FLY-IN FLY-OUT HEALTH CARE IN REMOTE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

August 31, 2012

FLY-IN FLY-OUT HEALTH CARE IN REMOTE ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES

Professor Stephen Duckett (Professor of Health Policy at La Trobe University, and recent "Thinker in Residence" at Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health) has published an article on The Conversation website.  The article, titled "Fly-in, Fly-out health care fails remote Aboriginal Communities", describes his recent visits to two remote Aboriginal communities in Queensland - Doomadgee and Mornington Island.  Professor Duckett talks about the problems with siloed health care services delivered by fly-in fly-out health workers, including difficulties with community consultation around health care priority areas, but also difficulties for agencies in planning and coordinating their activities in remote communities.  This can lead to situations where communities are unsure or unaware of services being delivered in their area, but it can also lead to duplication of services or under-servicing caused by confusion amongst the sometimes large number of service providers involved.

Read "Fly-in, Fly-out health care fails remote Aboriginal Communities"