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Rural Primary Health Service Program

The Rural Primary Health Services (RPHS) program aims to improve access to a range of primary and allied health care services and activities for rural and remote communities. The RPHS program gives community-based primary health care services greater flexibility in the range of services they can offer, including health promotion and preventative health activities.

Primary health care services encompass active treatment, screening programs, health education on individual health risks, and more broadly, efforts to address health concerns for the entire community through preventative health activities.

Health Promotion Workers are involved with community members in two age groups:

�18 - 49 years

� 50 years and over

Aims and Objectives

The Aim of the RPHS program is to improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural and remote Australia.

The Objectives of the RPHS program are to:

1. Provide and maintain access to supplementary allied health and primary care services that are based on identified health needs in each community.

2. Promote coordinated, multi-disciplinary team based approaches to the provision of integrated primary health care services.

3. Establish and maintain effective community consultation practices for the planning, management, flexible delivery and ongoing review of the RPHS program.

4. Provide and maintain access to relevant health promotion and preventative health programs and activities designed to promote health and wellbeing.

5. Encourage people in rural and remote Australia to adopt or modify behaviours to better manage their health and wellbeing.

To find out more about this program or if you have any suggestions, please contact one of the health promotion workers on: (03) 5755 0132 or (03) 5755 0133 or send a letter to the Rural Primary Health Services, Alpine Community Health Centre, Cobden Street Bright 3741