A highlight from Rural health carefrom bush medicine to the pandemic

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This is an abc. Podcast is continuing its race around. The nation thousand north coast on high because of fears of positive covered case may have visited a remote indigenous community. Thanks west and far with continue to have the biggest increases in colored cases of right. When did ninety nine cases of green reported in gook kanye tonight and of course that's one fifth of the town's population devote has also recorded thirty five cases including six in burke as the delta variant of covered nineteen spreads across the eastern states of australia. A medical system is coming under increasing. Strain this is especially true in rural and remote areas like far west. New south wales. Hello i'm a quits in this revision. We look at the history of rural and remote medicine. The growth of bush hospitals and the aboriginal medical service and some of the debates that have shaped rural medicine over the past fifty years while the story of european medicine in australia begins with colonialization in seventeen. Eighty eight the story of healthcare in this country. Thurs back thousands of years. The medical knowledge of indigenous forebears was very sophisticated. Some of my own research with the dingy people indigenous group inland from cairns shuttered that all members of for example one had together agreed had a detail medical knowledge of more than six hundred medicinal plants today. The average gp has a suite of about sixty prescriptions. That one would ride so the indigenous knowledge was much more detail than prison. He general practice. Certainly no liz. My professor john facility general for australia. The non senior pediatrician the quiz. Children's hospital in brisbane and betty historian for the faculty admits that the university of queensland so we europeans came to australia. What would the sort of key things that we talked about as being medical problems in rural australia the day-to-day problems of course where things like trauma but in schools x. Injuries horse righty injuries but superimposed. All those with the specific australian problems things like heat exhaustion. Eight strike night bide and they sort of things as well and had. Did they do with it. Did they go to the indigenous population. Say can you help us with some of these or did we can we their own sort of sweet of various remedies. We took out to the bush with us. We'll resolve wind jordan. Flynn wrote the bushman's companion in ninety. Nine hundred ten two thirds of us in cutler had no access whatsoever to professional medical and nursing so the whole ethos of k in the dotting century and the early twentieth century outside the bite you metropolitan areas of australia was one of self help and a particular problem of course was child with the infant mortality in australia was about one in twelve to one in four eight so that means that with an average family size five at the turn of the light nineteenth early twentieth century one family and every three had lost an infant in the first year of live. Of course many lost me entrance as well so childbirth and potential mortality outside the major metropolitan areas. That's very significant threat. So how did people pay for that. If you're going into a rural area what did people do to prepare for having to be self sufficient in terms of their on medical care niger. Reference was of course the domestic family medical guide and there was quite a big business in selling books about what to expect for intending immigrants. The first of these started in about the nineteen teens. Sorry the kids tweeting thirties. But what am i. Popular ones was published by agricultural chemist. Glenn is pecan pie in nineteen seventy five. He published aware call the strident agriculturist and columnists guide and in it. It had quite extensive. The self-help management and one of the great published moments in the strained publishing history. John flint river. john clayton established. The roth like not to service it when he was in central australia in very remote out. Becky in ninety nine hundred ten you publish a book called the bushman's companion and it had many things that had about a third of it was an extensive prescription of first aid treatment. There was another section on had like a will now. The section on bearing the dibs. This little book of john flynn's was very moving and of course in nineteen twenty eight. He established the royal flying. Doctor says almost all the doctors that went out to provincial areas with european trained there were three classes of colonial doctors that came and saved strata. They were the very rare specialist physicians. These attended a university but that requires relatively well off people to enroll the so the specialist physicians carrying a university degree relatively rare in queensland. I think the most to doctorates of medicine passing outside brisbane the second class. Where the agents. These were surgeons who tried usually as apprentices but occasionally they undertaken surgical training courses at major teaching hospitals particularly in edinburgh and london and in manchester nikon out as members of the royal college of sages. The third class of doctors the general practitioners they will call apothecary at that time throughout the century the gp's would aspire to. I diploma from the worshipful society of apothecary. As the nineteenth century progressed wilfie regional towns began establishing very basic. Hospitals was more in provincial towns. Things we recognize

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