Health services in northern Australia depend on student placements post COVID-19

Narelle Campbell, Kylie Stothers, Lindy Swain, Alice Cairns, Ella Dunsford, Chris Rissel, Ruth Barker

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    Abstract

    The early and comprehensive public health biosecurity response to COVID‐19 in northern Australia undoubtedly has saved many lives in remote and rural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. However, the strict quarantine of remote and rural communities has also meant reduced access of communities to various services, including health services.1 For example, short‐term contract funded agency nurses or health professionals are unable or unwillingly to quarantine for two weeks (at a cost of AU$2,500) before entering communities. Equally, some communities may prefer not to be exposed to the risk of COVID‐19, but in either case, the result is reduced services...
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)521-522
    Number of pages2
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
    Volume44
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

    Keywords

    • COVID‐19
    • biosecurity response
    • First nations communities
    • Remote communities
    • student placements
    • Northern Australia

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