737 (Wo) Meeting The Needs Of Rural People - Rural Proofing For Health

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Author(s): 
H. Swindlehurst, J. Wynn-Jones
Institute of Rural Health, UK
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BACKGROUND:
Rural Proofing as a methodology has been developed by the Countryside Agency in England to ensure that rural communities are provided with services that are equitable and appropriate for their needs. It is now a mandatory process for all government departments to ensure rural sensitivity is embedded in policy making. It is natural that this initiative should extend to health and well being, to ensure that all policy initiatives go through a process where the impact on rural communities is considered at an early stage of development. The Institute of Rural Health has developed a Rural Proofing for Health toolkit, which can act as a guide for health care agencies working at a local level.
AIM:
Obtain a consensus regarding the delivery of high quality services in rural areas. Identify how influencing policy making can ensure positive outcomes for rural communities. To identify how rural proofing can be disseminated across European communities to help improve access to health services for rural/remote communities.
METHOD:
Rural Proofing for Health as a methodology may be adapted for use in rural areas throughout the world and the experiences of the United Kingdom team in developing this resource for health will be disseminated during this workshop. There will also be presentations about engagement with policy makers from three other areas across Europe. The workshop will consist of presentations: The concept of Rural Proofing. The Rural Proofing for Health Project (Aims and objectives, methodology, findings and conclusions). Short presentations from 3 other diverse areas across Europe. Group work to Identify the main challenges to the delivery of health care in rural areas. Share experiences in engaging and influencing policy makers. Develop strategies to ensure policy making is rurally sensitive.
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737 (WO) MEETING THE NEEDS OF RURAL PEOPLE - RURAL PROOFING FOR HEALTH