Could we care for Amillia in rural Australia?
Citation: Doherty SR. Could we care for Amillia in rural Australia? Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2007; 7: 768. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=768 (Accessed 22 October 2017)
Extremely premature and very low birth weight infants have multiple, costly and complex health and developmental issues. After the neonatal period, the best chance for these children to avoid extreme disability and dependence, and thereby reach their potential, is with timely and intensive early intervention by appropriate allied health services, such as speech, occupational and physiotherapy. However, currently in rural Australia, such children are further disadvantaged by their relative lack of access to appropriate types and levels of services, compared with their urban counterparts.
Key words: access, allied health services, low birth weight infants, premature infants.
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