Evaluation of innovative models of rural health service delivery

Work in this area includes models of care for people with eating disorders, which has involved gap analysis and the development of an interprofessional education program that evolved into a educational model to be delivered across multiple regional sites. The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health has also been involved in the support and evaluation of GP entities in partnership with the North West Slopes Division of General Practice in the development of a GP entity named Peel Health. In addition, the role of pharmacists in medication reconciliation in the acute care setting is under investigation.

Publications include:

Brown L, Mitchell L, Williams L, Macdonald-Wicks L, Capra S. Private practice in rural areas? An untapped opportunity for dietitians. Australian Journal of Rural Health 2011; 19(4): 191-196

Brown L, Little F. Nourishing Networks: Using information technology and mentoring to promote interdisciplinary education and training in rural areas. In Larson A, Lyle D (Eds). A Bright Future for Rural Health: Evidence-Based Policy and Practice in Rural and Remote Australian Health Care. Australian Rural Health Education Network, April 2010, pp.82-84. ISBN 978 0 9775687 3 4

May J, Cooper R, Magin P, Critchley A.  Integrated models or mayhem?  Lessons learnt from three integrated primary health care entities in regional New South Wales.  Australian Health Review, November 2008; 32(4):595-604

Brown L, Capra S, Williams L.  A best practice dietetic service for rural patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy: A pilot of a pseudo-randomised controlled trial.  Nutrition and Dietetics, 2008; 65(2): 175-180

Jones P, May J, Creighton A. Health service models. In A Textbook of Australian Rural Health, Liaw S-T, Kilpatrick S (Ed.). Australian Rural Health Education Network, Canberra, 2008. ISBN 978 0 9775687 2 7