PLACE BASED HEALTH PLANNING
Health equality starts with communities
ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: "PEOPLE AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY ARE BORN, RAISED, LIVE, WORK AND PLAY, ARE AT THE HEART OF DELIVERING PEOPLE-CENTRED AND INTEGRATED HEALTH SERVICES".*
RARMS has been working with rural, remote and Indigenous communities to support better health and access to health services for almost 20 years.
We have learnt that community health relies on more than having access to local rural GPs and nurses. It relies on community engagement with the social determinants of health, and the planning of holistic solutions.
While many rural, remote and Indigenous communities share common health challenges, that doesn't mean that the same solution works for every community. Building local health literacy through engagement with community is essential to growing local understanding of the factors that contribute to poor health outcomes, and the strategies that everyone can take (individuals, community groups, local government, retailers, business and health services) to build strong, more resilient and healthier communities.
RARMS Community Health and Workforce Consulting is an affordable service available to work with local communities to build a better understanding of local characteristics and needs, analyse available services and gaps, and support communities to design plans that improve how community addresses both the causes of poor health as well as the consequences.
DEVELOPING A PLACE-BASED HEALTH PLAN FOR YOUR COMMUNITY?
Rural and Remote Medical Services was formed when communities realised that they could not wait on others to find a solution to declining health services and poor health outcomes. If they a wanted a solution they needed to look within their own communities with rurally-based expert assistance from RARMS.
RARMS was established through the NSW Rural Doctors Network and Walgett Community Health Forum and created the foundation for the most successful, community-led solution to rural and remote health service access in Australia today - RARMS Health.
Today, RARMS continues to work with communities that want to take control of their own health futures. RARMS combines well-researched frameworks with its on-the-ground experience working with rural, remote and Indigenous communities to help communities understand their unique strengths and needs, and to assist communities to develop a comprehensive plan for health services, outcomes and community advocacy.
RARMS provides a range of services to communities including:
Health Needs Assessment
Health Service Analysis
Community Health Planning Facilitation
Place-Based Health Plan Development
Health Promotion and Communications Planning
Advocacy Planning and Support