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The first national free-to-air health TV channel was launched this week (21 May 2012).
The Rural Health Channel's aim is to connect with people living and working in rural and remote areas of Australia. The new channel will play its part in closing the gap by providing vital health information and education to families and healthcare teams.
The channel was launched by the Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF), an independent, non-profit organisation that over the last 20 years has provided free distance learning education programs, building the skills of more than 50,000 health professionals. Until now, this service was only available to health professionals in limited clinics or workplaces, and only for two hours per fortnight.
The new channel means that the RHEF can now extend its service to the wider community and health professionals in their homes. This will aid in increasing health literacy and helping fight health inequity in rural and remote communities.
Source: Rural Health Education Foundation