Transport shortage a road to poor health
A NEW report has revealed that many Northern Rivers people are missing out on health treatment due to transport issues.
The report, Provided There's Transport: Transport a Barrier to Accessing Health Care in NSW, has been published by the National Council of Social Services (NCOSS), and is based on workshops held in Lismore and Sydney convened by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council and NCOSS respectively.
Participants worked through current challenges and potential solutions to make it easier for people to get to the treatment they need, said Kate Geary, of NRSDC.
She explained how the people most likely to experience difficulties travelling to and from health facilities are those already disadvantage; such as low income, older people, Aboriginal people, people with chronic health conditions, people with disability and people living in rural and regional areas.
"The Northern Rivers has higher than state averages on all these accounts, which means many people in our community are missing out on essential health care, not for lack of health services, but due to insufficient or inappropriate transport options," she said.