Upcoming Economic Society event on rural & remote service delivery

remoteWith a relatively high proportion of the population living outside of major cities and towns, in outer regional or remote areas (see chart above based on ABS data), Queensland faces an additional challenge in delivering government services such as health and education. Delivering services to rural and remote areas will obviously be more expensive, given the lack of economies of scale associated with service delivery in urban areas. But governments are finding ways to deliver services more cost-effectively in rural and remote locations, including through the use of web-based distance education and tele-health.

The Queensland Branch of the Economic Society of Australia, of which I’m Deputy Secretary, is very pleased to have one of the leading consultants in Australia on the economics of rural and remote service delivery, Dr Abby Kamalakanthan, speaking at an upcoming seminar in Brisbane on Friday, 7 November. If you are interested in how we can continue to deliver government services in a sustainable, cost-effective manner in rural and remote areas, I would encourage you to attend Abby’s presentation. Details are available at the ESA Qld website:

Sustainable Solutions for Rural and Remote Service Delivery in Australia

(N.B. I left Tasmania off the above chart because a very large chunk of it is considered outer regional and including it took attention away from the large differences between Queensland and NSW and Victoria that I wanted to highlight.)

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3 Responses to Upcoming Economic Society event on rural & remote service delivery

  1. Katrina Drake says:

    Hi Gene, You left out NT too.

    Your presentation sounds very interesting.

    I know tele-health received a lot of media coverage when the NBN was being advertised, and lots of wide-screen televisions and video conferencing equipment was installed with government subsidies, but I am not sure the band-with in remote areas every caught up.

    It will be interesting to find out how it has been implemented and progressed outside of major regional centres.

    I heard recently of ‘caravan’ style cardiac services being toured around Queensland. I have always thought that if the Regional Agricultural Shows can haul jumping castles and ferries wheels and dagwood caravans around to all the country Queensland shows, then Queensland Health could jump on the band wagon and have mobile health screening services in mobile trucks tagging along behind.

    • Gene Tunny says:

      Yes, it sounds like something Qld Health could do. I’m certainly looking forward to Abby’s presentation to learn more about what is being implemented out there. You should come along if you have time.

  2. Katrina Drake says:

    I’ll put it in my diary !

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