‘Rural in Reach’: Delivering health and wellbeing services to regional Western Australia
Proceedings of the 13th National Rural Health Conference
National Rural Health Alliance
Building the capacity of an existing health agency to service rural and remote areas across Western Australia presented enormous challenges for Women’s Health and Family Services. Within three years however they were delivering Rural in Reach, a service providing high quality health promotion, counselling and professional development services across the state. Evaluation indicates high levels of use, trust and confidence in the service. WHFS achieved this by the use of virtual technologies delivered through existing community hubs, by establishing layers of feedback loops with rural communities to ensure relevance of content and format and by supporting in situ generation of creative solutions to local issues.