Many families living in rural and remote areas in Western Australia are resigned to the fact that (rightly or wrongly) they can’t access the same level of services that their city-based counterparts enjoy.
In some cases, to access specialists, medical or other services, individuals need to travel for hours or even days to their closest regional centre.
Added to this geographic isolation are the unpredictable weather patterns of the state where severe rain or flooding can block the only access roads in and out of communities for significant amounts of time.
As problematic as this scenario seems, there is a solution that is changing this remote landscape. Through utilising the Community Resource Centres network of local facilities on the BeingThere video conferencing network, isolated communities can now access specialist advice and services at the touch of a button.
Just recently we helped the a family in Wellstead access speech pathology services in Albany which would have ordinarily been difficult because of the extensive travel cost and time involved. Wellstead to Albany is a 200Km round trip.
The children aged 9 and 7 needed regular consultation with a speech pathologist in Albany. Through the BeingThere video conference network the children were able work with a leading practitioner in the field once a week. After school the children would head to the local Wellstead CRC where they would have their consultation via BeingThere video conferencing.
The children’s mum said the both the speech pathologist and the children were incredibly pleased with the arrangement.
“The speech pathologist in Albany was able to achieve the same results via BeingThere that she could achieve by having the children sitting with her in her consultancy room – the sessions were seamless and the family didn’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on travel expenses and cope with the stresses and impracticalities of uprooting the children for their treatment once per
One of the key benefits was that the children’s primary teacher was able to join in the session with the speech pathologist and then apply the strategies in the class room consistent with the speech pathologist practice.
Amazing stuff with amazing results! According to the children’s Mum the children have improved their speech remarkably and are a perfect example of how living in regional and remote communities doesn’t have to mean second rate access to important services.
Do you know anyone who can’t access the services they need to because of their geographic situation?
Please CLICK HERE to share your ideas on how CRC video conferencing can be used to benefit you local community. Look forward to hearing what you have to say.