Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19214
Title: Parental perceptions of information needs and service provision for children with developmental disabilities in rural Australia
Contributor(s): Hussain, Rafat (author); Tait, Kathleen (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.972586
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19214
Abstract: Purpose: Rural Australians comprise a third of the population. However, there are relatively few research studies that have focused on issues for children with developmental disabilities in rural regions. In particular, there is very limited research that gives voice to parents regarding challenges faced by them due to their location in rural regions. Methods: This article is based on the qualitative component of a mixed-methods study undertaken in rural settings. In-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted with 17 parents yielding 30 h of information rich taped data. Thematic analysis techniques were used to identify major issues. Results: Three core themes emerged from analysis of the qualitative data regarding information and support needs: an ongoing lack of timely and relevant information about disabilities and support services; inadequacies in interactions with service providers particularly doctors and allied health staff; and considerable challenges and barriers to access and use of health services. Conclusions: Within the constraints of limited rural service provision, there are still opportunities for considerable improvements, through focussed in-service training to narrow the information gap, improve provider-client interaction around attitudinal issues and uptake of tele-health to minimise the long waiting times and the need to regularly travel long distances to access services and setting up online support groups.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(18), p. 1609-1616
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication: Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1464-5165
0963-8288
Field of Research (FOR): 111708 Health and Community Services
111709 Health Care Administration
111703 Care for Disabled
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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