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Phillip Johnson and Beth Schwinn, DCoE Public Affairs
on November 07, 2014
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With a population of just eight people per square mile, providing health care to remote regions has long been a challenge for Australia, a researcher from Australia’s Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation told attendees last week at a brown-bag lunch hosted by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
After its mailing of a manual in 1980 resulted in a decline in alcohol abuse, the University of Queensland realized that remote health programs could be effective, said the researcher, David Kavanagh. Queensland’s program, On Track, is now available online with additional offerings that include depression, diabetes and disaster challenges. Kavanagh is also a psychology professor at the university, where he has developed and tested methods of remote mental health service delivery for the last 20 years.
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