Improving rural health: research activity can build capacity and make a difference

Deborah Jane Russell, Lisa Lavey, Kathy Tuohey, John Humphreys

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Aim: Since 2007, a longitudinal evaluation of the Elmore Primary Health Service (EPHS), as a singleentry point, comprehensive, multidisciplinary rural primary health care service, has been undertaken.
This study, the first Australian study of its kind, assesses the extent to which the presence of research activity has fostered a research culture which contributes towards improved service performance, capacity building within its workforce, and health improvements for the community.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event14th National Rural Health Conference - Cairns, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 26 Apr 201729 Apr 2017 (Link to conference website)


Conference14th National Rural Health Conference
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  • Rural health service delivery
  • Primary health care
  • Community health
  • evidence-based practice
  • Research


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