Medicare was designed to provide Australians with universal access to high-quality healthcare regardless of where they live, or their ability to pay. The National Commission of Audit pointed out that co-payments have the potential to act as a barrier to accessing care for low income groups and heavy users of the health system.

Mental health infographic

Tragically, a higher proportion of people in rural and remote areas pay the ultimate price of mental illness and related concerns. While mental health challenges in rural and remote Australia are widespread and serious, it's not all bad news.

Road with truck

The rate of serious road-related injury among those living outside major cities is nearly twice that of those living within them. Country people are also more than three times more likely to die as a result of a transport accident than their city cousins.

Map of primary health networks

A good health system is based on primary care. To be effective for people in rural and remote areas, access to primary care needs to be close to home. The new Primary Health Networks have a potentially critical role in this. Local area planning and coordination of healthcare services remains a current focus for the Alliance.