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The changing and demanding nature of the mining workforce in rural and remote Australia brings unique challenges to the delivery of healthcare services. In an attempt to control costs whilst delivering cost effective and quality healthcare, new models of delivery must be considered. For a workforce that is fly-in/fly-out the provision of healthcare is problematic given the lack of consistency in location.
Models of healthcare service provision are being investigated to develop a cost-benefit framework, a report on the viability of remote health monitoring for the FIFO mining community, and the information and workflow required to accommodate and assess this as a solution to the issues of increasing workforce turnover, rising healthcare costs, and improvement in healthcare outcomes for rural and remote mining communities.
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