Healthcare in Rural and Remote Areas of Australia
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The vast expanse of land known as "Outback" Australia provides a considerable challenge to the delivery of medical care quickly and effectively to those seeking emergency treatment or even routine healthcare. Problems arising from distance and communication have led to the evolvement of a truly unique system of healthcare. The administration of medical consultation and treatment using radio, telephone, emergency aerial medical service, a volunteer ambulance network, as well as other services has become standard medical practice in areas where traditional types of treatment are unavailable or scarce. Remote healthcare involves not only the local doctors, nurses, and volunteer workers, but also the entire community of people in the surrounding area.