Strengthening NT Health Services with More Surgeons and Digital Health Solutions

The Territory’s Labor Government is expanding our NT Health services, while creating greater accessibility across the sector.

While strengthening our health workforce, we must also ensure that our services are more accessible.

A new project that will leverage digital solutions and telehealth will help improve access to comprehensive primary healthcare in remote communities in the Northern Territory.

The Digital Health Cooperative Research Center (DHCRC) project is led by NT Health and Menzies School of Health Research and will assess how existing and emerging technologies can best be used in remote communities.

By bringing care closer to home, the project aims to improve access, equity and outcomes for patients in remote communities and reduce their need to travel far from home.

The three-year project will focus on co-designing, implementing and evaluating digital health strategies, working directly with primary healthcare service providers and community members. This will ensure that the development of virtual care models meets the specific needs of remote communities in the Northwest Territories.

The project brings together a range of partners, including the Australian Department of Health and Aged Care, the University of Sydney, Healthdirect and the NT Primary Health Network (PHN).

Recently, the Territory Government also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons which:

Establish a training program for surgeons in the Territory; Identify and develop training opportunities for indigenous surgeons; Explore ways to improve Indigenous health outcomes in the Northern Territory; Develop strategies to enable workforce retention in the Northern Territory.

Quote from Chief Minister and Minister of Health Natasha Fyles:

“The territory’s Labor Government is providing more healthcare services to ensure patients have safe access to quality healthcare, regardless of where they live.

“Telehealth services have played a major role in strengthening our response to this pandemic and will continue to be an essential tool in the future.

“Training surgeons in the territory means we can retain our workforce and not lose our talent to eastern states.

“We provide health services to all Territorians in remote communities and ensure that people can access high-quality health care closer to home.

Northern Territory Government

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