Rural and Remote Health journal protocols
Rural and Remote Health was initiated in 1998 by a grant to Deakin University from the Department
of Human Services, Rural Health Division, Victoria, Australia. The initial vision was to serve rural and remote communities
throughout the world by providing a community forum and specific health-related information. Since then, our one-person
team of journal manager has grown to include:
- an international editorial board
- an editor-in-Chief
- regional editors
- regional editorial panels
- a software developer
- a production editor
- a Journal executive committee
- an international reviewer panel
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Paul Worley, Executive Director Medical Services for Country Health South Australia Local Health Network and former Dean of the School of Medicine at Flinders University, is the Editor-in-Chief of Rural and Remote Health. Paul is a practicing rural doctor and, as Editor, shapes and guides the journal, oversees the review process and supports and advises authors, taking an active interest in the progress of each article in production.
|European Regional Editor|
Since 1995 Christos Lionis has worked at the University of Crete Medical School, where he is Professor and Director of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine. With a passion for the importance and the value of Family Medicine, Christos is actively involved in the development of Primary Care and General Practice in Greece. He currently co-ordinates a thriving GP research network on rural Crete, and is also responsible for the supervision of a number of PhD students in the fields of quality management and the formulation of guidelines for management of common disease and chronic conditions, factors contributing to cardiovascular disease, gastroenterology, mental health and morbidity in general practice. Prior to his employment at the University of Crete, Christos worked for 9 years as Manager and Medical Director of Spili Health Centre, obtaining experience as a clinician and researcher in the field of Primary Health Care and General Practice in a rural setting. For further information refer to the website of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine (http://www.fammed.uoc.gr/).
|African Regional Editor|
Ian Couper is Professor of Rural Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is also Principal Specialist (Rural Medicine), in the North West Province of South Africa. He is a trained family physicain. He spent ten years practising in a remote rural hospital in nothern KwaZuluNatal province.
|Australasian Regional Editor|
Amanda Barnard is Associate Dean, Rural Clinical School, Australian National University Medical School in Canberra, Australia. She works as a GP in Braidwood, a small rural town in south-east New South Wales. While her interests include rural medical education, interprofessional learning and health service delivery, she has a particular interest in the primary care management of respiratory illness.
|North American Regional Editors|
|Judith Kulig is a Professor in the Nursing Program within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She has devoted her research program to understanding rural health issues specifically addressing unique groups who live in rural areas, nursing practice in rural and remote Canada and community resiliency in rural communities. Judith is past Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society for which she was one of the founding members.
|Bronwyn Fields is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University Sacramento in Sacramento, California, USA. Dr. Fields’ research interests include the health workforce, nurse recruitment and retention in rural areas, health disparities and international health and development. As a nurse and midwife, she has worked extensively in Australia, South East Asia and the Pacific, including consulting for the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, AusAID and other international organizations on health workforce development. More recently, Bronwyn has lived and worked in rural Northern California. She joined the Rural and Remote Health North America section as a Regional Editor in 2016.|
|Rebecca Schiff is a faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Schiff also serves as adjunct faculty for the Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL, Canada. Rebecca has a long history of working closely with rural, remote, and Indigenous communities across Canada to investigate and research health issues and solutions, with a particular focus on determinants of community health and wellness. Dr. Schiff lived for several years in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL, a northern and remote Canadian community where she worked closely with Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities. Dr. Schiff’s current work includes projects focusing on a wide range of community health determinants and issues in rural and remote healthcare.|
Asian Regional Editor
Masatoshi Matsumoto is the professor of community medicine
Hiroshima University, Japan. He is a general practitioner who worked
some years in the least populated mountain village in rural Japan. He
taught rural health at Jichi Medical University, the Japanese medical
founded solely for producing rural doctors, for more than ten years.
academic interests are rural health policy, rural medical education,
anthropology and rural community-based epidemiology.
|Latin American Regional Editor|
Leonardo Vieira Targa is a Family Physician, Assistant Professor in Universidade de Caxias do Sul, Ms Social Anthropology, coordinator of Brazilian Working Party on Rural Medicine, and a member of Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice. He is also president of Family Medicine Association of Rio Grande do Sul.
Melbourne-based Melissa Storey offers expert editorial assistance to authors at each stage in the publication process. Melissa assists authors with submissions, corrections and publication, and coordinates the editing of accepted papers to academic publishing standards. Melissa is responsible for editorial development and generates information for authors.
Jenny Bigelow has been with the journal for over 10
years. She works from regional Geelong, Victoria, and deals with the day-to-day
running of the journal. She manages the smooth flow of manuscripts through the
publication process and coordinates development of the journal site. She has
specific graphics skills which are essential to formatting and presenting
tables and figures for online publication. Jenny is an expert advisor for
reviewers and journal users. Post-production, Jenny is the efficient liaison
for indexing services and other agencies, and manages site statistics as well
as creating the article printable pdf version. She is the friendly response
from the ejrh email address. Jenny works closely with the Production Editor.
The members of the editorial board are as follows:
European Editorial Panel
African Editorial Panel
Asian Editorial Panel
Australasian Editorial Panel
North American Editorial Panel
Latin American Editorial Panel