UniSA calls for Port Augusta residents to help in regional health survey

HEALTH: UniSA is asking Port Augusta residents to be part of one of the largest health surveys to be carried out in regional SA.

HEALTH: UniSA is asking Port Augusta residents to be part of one of the largest health surveys to be carried out in regional SA.

Port Augusta residents have the chance to play an important role in a survey about rural health.

The University of South Australia’s (UniSA) Department of Rural Health is currently undertaking one of the largest health surveys to be carried out in regional South Australia, in a bid to improve the health services available in these areas.

More than 162,000 households across South Australia, including Port Augusta, have just been sent a postcard from the survey team - or will be sent one later this month - inviting them to take part in the survey.

Lead researcher, Dr Matthew Leach, urged residents of Port Augusta and surrounding areas, to take part in the survey.

“Having grown up in regional South Australia … I am well aware of the struggles facing people living in these regions,” Dr Leach said.

The survey and more information can be accessed by visiting its website.

For those who do not have internet access, a paper copy of the regional health survey can be requested by calling 1800 905 825.

The survey is open to all adults living in rural, remote and regional South Australia who have used any health care service or received any health intervention (including self-prescribed treatments) within the past 12 months.

The UniSA Department of Rural Health will not only share the findings of the study with local communities, but will also engage with these communities to assist in the development of strategies that may help to address the health care needs of people living in these regions.

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