Rural & Remote Service Delivery

A pilot study of telepractice delivery for teaching listening and spoken language to children with hearing loss

Contributors: Gabriella Constantinescu, Monique Waite, Dimity Dornan, Emma Rushbrooke, Jackie Brown1, Jane McGovern,

Michelle Ryan1 and Anne Hill

Published By: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, by Sage Publishing

Published On: 2014


Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) is an early intervention approach for teaching listening and spoken language to children with hearing loss.

However, conventional in person AVT services may not be accessible for children with hearing loss living in rural and remote areas. Thus children in rural and remote areas are at risk of further isolation in their community as they struggle to achieve their full potential in education, vocation and society. Telemedicine (also known as telepractice in this context) may improve access to specialised treatment like AVT for children with hearing loss and a number of programmes are emerging.

In Queensland, the Hear and Say organization provides both in person AVT and a telepractice programme (eAVT).

The present study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of the eAVT programme in promoting the spoken language development of young children with hearing loss.

Category: Hearing Rural & Remote Service Delivery

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago

School-based Telerehabilitation In Occupational Therapy: Using Telerehabilitation Technologies to Promote Improvements in Student Performance

Author: Melanie Joy Criss

Published by: International Journal of Telerehabilitation

Year of Publication: 2013

This article discusses the use of telerehabilitation technologies in occupational therapy for schoolbased practice. Telerehabilitation, for the purpose of this program, included the implementation of occupational therapy services via twoway interactive videoconferencing technology. The subjects included in this pilot program were children, ages 6 to 11 years, who attended an online charter school and had difficulties in the areas of fine motor and/or visual motor skills which impacted success with handwriting. Each participant completed a virtual evaluation and six 30 minute intervention sessions. The Print Tool™ Assessment was used to determine progress pre and post program. A learning coach/student satisfaction survey was given at the end of the program to determine participant satisfaction. Outcomes revealed improvements in handwriting performance for most students who participated in the program and high satisfaction rates reported by all participants.Category: Connected Health Rural & Remote Service Delivery

Added by Tony Shaw · 8 years ago

Dementia screening for urban Aboriginal Australians: a pilot study

Principal Researcher(s): Prof. Lisa Jackson Pulver

Other Researchers/Staff: Prof. Tony Broe, A/Prof. Dave Grayson, Dr. Simon Chalkley, Prof. Leon Flicker, Ms.Gail Daylight, Dr. Holly Mack

Corresponding Author: Dr. Holly Mack

Published by: Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre

Published on: August 2012

Dementia is a growing concern for Aboriginal Australians (1-2), but remains poorly understood in urban and regional (i.e., non-remote) Aboriginal peoples, who comprise the vast majority of Australia’s Indigenous population (3). There is a need for better understanding of dementia and appropriate services in these communities, but one of the major obstacles for research and clinical practice is that there are no validated cognitive screening tools for use in urban/regional populations. How to effectively and appropriately assess dementia and cognitive impairment is a key issue in working with (older) Aboriginal people.

Category: ATSI Service Delivery Research Rural & Remote Service Delivery

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago

Telemedicine clinics and mobile health screening services for Indigenous children

Author: The Centre for Online Health (COH)

Published By: The University of Australia 

Published:  2016

HealtheScreen4KIDS is a service by the Centre for Online Health 

Since 2005, staff at the Centre for Online Health (COH) have been exploring the use of telemedicine to support Indigenous children in rural communities. In 2009, a mobile telemedicine-enabled health screening service was established in Cherbourg, a remote Aboriginal community in central Queensland.The service, designed to complement and extend existing community-based service, provides routine assessment of children at high risk of ear disease and potential hearing impairment. The screening service comprises a custom-designed screening van with the necessary telemedicine equipment on board. 

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Category: ATSI Service Delivery Hearing Rural & Remote Service Delivery

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago

Connecting Health Services with the future: Modernising medicare by providing rebates for online consultations – A discussion paper from the Australian Government


Category: ATSI Service Delivery Communication Local Perspectives Policy & Funding Quality & Standards Regional Service Delivery Rural & Remote Service Delivery Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago

Disability Care and Support: Medical and assistive technologies to enable Australians to remain in their homes

Published By: Medical Technology Association of Australia Limited

Published In: 2011

This submission was in response to the release in February 2011 of the Productivity Commission draft report Disability Care and Support.

Category: Connected Health Local Perspectives Medication Management NDIS Rural & Remote Service Delivery Smart Homes & Environmental Controls Social Engagement

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago

Research to inform service delivery models that include the application of smart assistive technology

In March 2012 the former Queensland Department of Communities (now the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) to conduct research to provide evidence to inform models of disability and community care service delivery that integrate smart assistive technologies (smartAT) as an integrated component of service delivery for specialist disability and community care services for people with a disability.

The broad objective of this research project was to provide evidence that will inform decision making about the use of smartAT. In particular, the research considered the:

1. Existing evidence base at a national and international level in relation to smartAT and how it is used at a service provider and client level;

2. Extent to which smartAT is being considered and implemented across the disability and community care sector both within Queensland and across other Australian jurisdictions; and

3. Experience of the five Home and Community Care (HACC))1 funded organisations involved in the smartAT demonstration projects in terms of:

- The uptake and application of smartAT within their service delivery/operational environment;

- Policy and practice change that smartAT has required;

- Service provider views regarding the client experience of smartAT; and

- Service provider views regarding the staff experience of smartAT.

Category: Local Perspectives NDIS Policy & Funding Rural & Remote Service Delivery Workforces Considerations

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago