Help for overrun health system
A MYSTERY philanthropist is behind research grants being offered to Bowen Basin health professionals for innovative ideas to relieve pressure on emergency care in the bush.
Emergency Medicine Foundation chair Dr David Rosengren said he was looking for solutions to rural health services overstretched by an estimated 500,000 people "floating in and out" of communities.
A recent Primary Health Care Research and Information Service report found fly-in, fly-out and drive-in, drive-out mining sector workers, seasonal workers and grey nomads were putting increasing pressure on rural and remote emergency departments.
"These people are more likely to present to an emergency department," Dr Rosengren said.
"One of the challenges of doing any medical research is resources and time, and in rural areas we know doctors are frequently struggling to overcome those things, so EMF is keen to overcome those barriers to provide some funding, at least $100,000 to start with.
"That has come from a philanthropic donor and then matched by a company called Zoll Medical.
"We hope to leverage more funding additional to that and put out expressions of interest throughout rural and regional Queensland to see if we can stimulate clinicians to do research to improve conditions."
Dr Rosengren said the EMF was constantly looking for better and more efficient outcomes for non- metropolitan communities.
He said health staff on the ground were better placed to see and act on deficiencies in service.
"When they go to work every day they see these great opportunities to do things differently or to challenge traditional mechanisms of service delivery, and we want to get behind you," Dr Rosengren said.