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PHN Publishes Rural Health Framework to address inequality in rural health care.

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) recognises and values the diversity of our region and understands the rural communities we serve experience unique challenges and unique health demands.

These complex characteristics necessitate a dedicated framework which supports a coordinated approach that is adaptable to local needs. The PHN is committed to designing, developing, and supporting primary rural health care through addressing the PHN’s purpose of increasing equity of access to primary health care services.

HNECC PHN Chief Executive Officer, Richard Nankervis says health data reveals a worrying trend for people living rurally.

“Data reveals that life expectancy of rural people is lower than their urban counterparts which is often associated with poorer access to health services. Access to primary care services is a fundamental pillar of wellness and wellbeing for all people which contributes to reducing the gap in life expectancy of people that live rurally. This is why the PHN is focused on rural health access and ultimately striving to improving health outcomes.

“The PHN will use this framework to guide our decisions in four focus areas which serve to foster engagement with rural people, support and grow a rural workforce, undertake rural activities to address inequity, and ensure we commission rural primary care services.”

By promoting a concerted effort across four focus areas, including engagement and partnerships, rural workforce, innovative activities, and commissioned services for rural communities, the Framework will help the PHN move towards its overall vision and purpose and reduce the inequalities in health outcomes and service delivery that are currently experienced by rural communities within the PHN footprint.

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