Survey looks to improve SA regional health

People in regional South Australia are being asked to take part in one of the largest health surveys to be carried out in regional South Australia.

People in regional South Australia are being asked to take part in one of the largest health surveys to be carried out in regional South Australia.

People in regional South Australia are being asked to take part in one of the largest health surveys to be carried out in regional South Australia.

More than 162,000 households around the state will receive an invitation from the the University of South Australia’s Department of Regional Health survey team.

Lead researcher Dr Matthew Leach is urging the residents in rural, remote and regional South Australia to participate.

“Having grown up in regional South Australia and having friends and family living in regional centers across the state, I am well aware of the struggles facing people living in these regions,” Dr Leach said.

“For people living in rural, remote and regional South Australia, timely access to the services that they need and/or desire may not always be possible because of distance, transportation issues and service availability.

“This means that many of the 380,000 people living in regional SA may have unmet health care needs.

“By participating in this survey, regional residents can tell us what their health care needs actually are, which will in turn identify areas for improvement.”​ 

The survey is open to adults living in rural, remote and regional South Australia who have used health care services or received health intervention in the past 12 months.

The findings of this study will be passed onto the local communities, who will also receive assistance in implementing strategies to address the health care needs of the community.

The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CONVERSATIONS-SA

For residents without internet access, a paper copy of the survey can be requested by calling 1800 905 825.

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