Fly-in Fly-out/Drive-in Drive-out practices and health service delivery in rural areas of Australia
Bywood, Petra Teresia
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Many Australians have limited access to health care services due to a range of barriers including living a considerable distance from health services. Furthermore, there are significant shortages of healthcare workers in many rural and remote areas. Traditionally, many people have had to either travel long distances to access healthcare, or go without. Telehealth is an alternative approach, using telecommunications and informatioIt is recognised that rural and remote health services in Australia are in many cases challenged by a combination of inadequate facilities and insufficient staff. According to anecdotal accounts, this is further exacerbated by the demands placed on these health services by fly-in fly-out, drive-in drive-out, and bus-in bus-out workers and visitors (from here on referred to collectively as FIFO/DIDO). The focus of the current investigation was FIFO/DIDO in rural Australia involving mine workers, seasonal agricultural workers, and grey nomads. technology to supplement face-to-face delivery of healthcare services.