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Inequitable provision of optimal health services for patients with chronic heart failure: a national geo-mapping study

Robyn A Clark, Andrea Driscoll, Justin Nottage, Skye McLennan, David M Coombe, Errol J Bamford, David Wilkinson and Simon Stewart
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (5): 318-319.
Published online: 3 September 2007

In reply: We thank Dodd for her commentary on our article.1 We concur with many of the highlighted issues relating to our suboptimal response to the burden and management of chronic heart failure (CHF) in rural and remote Australia. These include the lack of rigorous epidemiological data and lack of specialist services “beyond city limits”.

  • Robyn A Clark1
  • Andrea Driscoll2
  • Justin Nottage3
  • Skye McLennan4
  • David M Coombe3
  • Errol J Bamford3
  • David Wilkinson5
  • Simon Stewart6

  • 1 Health Sciences Department, University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GISCA), University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 Department of Psychology, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 5 Mayne Medical School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 6 Preventative Cardiology Division, Baker Heart Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: robyn.clark@unisa.edu.au

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