The Rural in Reach Program provides a range of health and well-being support services to women, their families and local service providers in remote and rural areas of WA. All services are offered at no or low cost and include:
- Free video conferencing or phone counselling and support
- Referral to other Womens Health and Family Services programs (go to www.whfs.org.au for further information) and regional women’s health centres
- Community health promotion workshops and education
- Low-cost professional development and training for local health professionals and support services
- Information resources
The Program is tailored to meet each community’s specific needs and gaps in service provision, and aims to:
- Promote that good health is more than being free from disease, it is about overall well-being
- Offer information on women’s gender specific issues from highly qualified specialists in women and family’s health and well being.
- Offer privacy and choice in regard to health and wellbeing related issues.
Can anyone use Rural in Reach?
Yes. Rural in Reach is a program for all women and their families (including men) around WA. We have highly trained staff who can assist with a diverse range of health and well-being concerns as well as provide support in specialist areas such as alcohol and other drug use, women’s health and family and domestic violence. Individuals (women and men), families and community groups from all cultures can access the Rural in Reach program. Interpreter services are also available if required.
Do I have to tell anyone at the CRC why I want to talk to Rural in Reach?
No. The only information you need to provide is your name, contact number and the day/time you want to see someone from Rural in Reach.You can even call Rural in Reach yourself on 1800 998 399 to make an appointment with one of their Health Consultants.
I don’t normally talk about my problems, how do I know I can trust Rural in Reach staff?
The health and well-being support that RinR provides via video conferencing is safe and confidential. The link has the same level of security as internet banking.What you share with the Rural in Reach Health Consultant will stay between the two of you unless there are any concerns about your safety or the safety of someone else. You can discuss this further with a Rural in Reach Health Consultant during your appointment or you can call 1800 998 399.
How long is each appointment and how often will I need to use the Rural in Reach Program?
Appointments go for about an hour. How often you have an appointment really depends on the support that’s needed. The number and length of sessions is something that can be discussed with a Rural in Reach Health Consultant during your appointment.
I don’t use computers often so will someone help me?
CRC staff and Rural in Reach Health Consultants are trained in using the video conferencing equipment. You will not have to do anything other than come along to your appointment.
Can I access the Rural in Reach Program by phone instead of by video conferencing?
We offer our services via video conferencing because it is almost like being in the room with someone who is able to provide you with professional health and well-being support.However, if you do prefer to speak with a Rural in Reach Health Consultant over the phone, you can discuss this with a Rural in Reach Health Consultant on 1800 998 399.