The Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre (TAAHC) footprint has a total resident population of about 700,000. The largest city has fewer than 200,000 people and only three cities have a population of more than 100,000. The remainder of the population is dispersed among small isolated towns and remote communities with limited healthcare personnel and facilities.
Ensuring that service delivery to these populations delivers outcomes on par with metropolitan areas is an enormous challenge. It is also a significant opportunity to develop new and innovative ways to deliver safe and effective health care.
TAAHC research teams are harnessing advances in medical, information and communication technology to design and implement agile, sustainable and culturally appropriate service models to regional, rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations across northern Queensland.