Living with Bob: lack of accessibility for rural patients

Hi guys! The lovely Michelle from Living with Bob is running a series of guest posts for dysautonomia awareness month. She was kind enough to publish a piece I wrote about the unique challenges rural patients face in accessing adequate healthcare.

Princes Highway Ulladulla, 1920s
It’s a long way to the nearest city. Photo may be slightly out of date.

My health has recently taken a turn for the worse, and I’ve been trying desperately to find a specialist who will deal with me. Yesterday, I had a very frustrating phone conversation with a clinic in Melbourne, who flat out refused to offer Skype consults. It is so, so upsetting to be constantly rebuffed by those are who are supposed to help me. The fact that they are meant to be specialists in illness and yet can’t understand that someone would be too unwell for an 8 hour+ round trip makes me despair.

My guest post is even more pertinent in the light of my latest experience. I can only hope things change for rural patients in the future – our lives count on it. Like Michelle says, “Having just read the stats on survival rates of rural vs metropolitan cancer patients it is clear that geography is a strong and sadly negative predictor of health across many conditions and part of that is due to access to specialist care from diagnosis to treatment. We have the technology to make the lives of rural patients easier, let’s use it!”

You can read my guest post at Living With Bob.

Author: Siobhan S

20 something, living in country Australia. Spoonie profile: ME/CFS, dysautonomia, anxiety. All about sewing, knitting and food. Unapologetic feminist and disability advocate.

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