What women want: Women’s health in Rural and Regional Australia – insights from an interprofessional research collaboration between academic researchers, nursing clinicians, and industry professionals.

Nina Sivertsen, Wendy Abigail, Matthew Tieu, Maree Eastman, Christine McCloud, Wendy Thomson, Helen Tonkin

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to a) investigate community women’s knowledge and experiences of women’s health community services in northern rural and regional New South Wales, Australia; b) identify any existing gaps in community women’s health programs in this region; and c) to contribute to service provision, strategic planning, and industry professional development of community nurse researchers in collaboration with industry.The research took place inNorthern New South Wales Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Australia, which is comprised of Tweed/Byron, Richmond, and Clarence Health Service Groups, during May to September 2019. Participants comprised13 women’s health service clients over the age of 18 years and less than 74 years, attending health services clinics within NNSWLHD. The research was undertaken as a partnership between three senior healthcare professionals (Clinical Nurse Consultants), one from each Health Service Group, and academic researchers, who provided the key senior healthcare professionals with research training and guidance. Key themes related to primary healthcare experiences and needs of women living in NNSWLHD, and the quality of women’s primary healthcare services in that region.Thematic analysis revealed four key themes and several sub-themes. These were 1) Knowledge and Awareness of Services; 2) Barriers to Access; 3) Personal Issues; and 4) A Need for Women-Centred Care. The major issues women experienced were deficits in services, lengthy wait times and poor access. Additional funding is necessary to uphold community women’s health nurse positions in rural health to improve women’s health outcomes in these locations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e2236-e2244
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Social Care in The Community
Volume30
Issue number5
Early online date28 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Women's health
  • health policy
  • Community Health Centres
  • women's health
  • women's health nurses
  • rural health services
  • community nurse researchers

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