Australian Journal of Rural Health

The Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) is a multidisciplinary refereed journal published on behalf of NRHA by Wiley Blackwell both in hardcopy and online.


AJRH is peer reviewed and listed in Thomson ISI with an impact factor of 1.225. AJRH is listed in the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2012 journal list published by the Australian Research Council with Fields of Research (FoR) of 11 (Medical and Health Science) and 16 (Studies in Human Society). It is listed in Medline, as well as other major abstracting and indexing services. AJRH provides research information, policy articles and reflections related to health care in rural and remote areas of Australia, and is an important publication vehicle for researchers and practitioners.

Since its inception in 1992, AJRH has contributed significantly to the publication of research reports and expert opinion on rural and remote health. In 1999 ownership and management of AJRH was assumed by the National Rural Health Alliance. The Alliance welcomes participation by its Member Body the Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANAplus) as a Journal Associate.

Representatives of the Alliance Journal Associates and the publisher, together with the editorial team comprise the Journal Advisory Committee. The Committee and the Editor are supported by international advisers.

This close involvement of key rural health stakeholders attests to the multi-disciplinary nature of AJRH and its primary purpose: to support and promote interdisciplinary health networks, and to help practitioners and researchers influence policies and programs to improve the health of people living and working in rural and remote areas.

Subscribers to AJRH include general practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, pharmacists, government departments, hospitals, administrators, universities, rural health units and libraries. Subscription details are available on the Wiley Blackwell website or from the Journal Manager. The first issue of AJRH in each year is available free for online readers.

The AJRH welcomes the submission of manuscripts and the Editor is pleased to hear from potential referees. As well as manuscripts of full academic papers, AJRH also welcomes shorter articles on matters related to health in rural and remote areas, letters to the Editor, personal stories, practice pointers and obituaries. Author guidelines are available from the Wiley Blackwell website.

The AJRH is published six times a year.

Articles for publication in AJRH may be submitted via this link:

Contacts: Peter Brown, Journal Manager:; phone 02 6285 4660
Professor David Perkins, Editor: phone 02 6363 8440
Marta White, re manuscripts:; phone 03 9274 3118
Emma Fitzsimons, re advertising:; phone 03 9274 3162

Journal Advisory Committee:  Gordon Gregory (Chairperson), NRHA, Canberra; Jo McCubbin, NRHA, Sale; Geri Malone, CRANAplus, Hilton; Deb Wyatt, Wiley Blackwell, Melbourne; Professor David Perkins, Editor, Orange.

Deputy Editors:  Professor Andrew Bonney, Wollongong; Professor Jeffrey Fuller, Adelaide; Professor John Humphreys, Bendigo; Associate Professor Chris Roberts, Sydney; Association Professor Kate Senior; Wollongong.