More and more Australians are embracing the message that physical activity is important for good health. Nevertheless one half of all Australians do not meet the recommended health guidelines of at least 30 minutes moderate physical activity five days a week. This is a particularly important message for rural Australians because, overall, they have higher levels of mortality, disease and... read more
With heatwaves becoming hotter and longer, and arriving earlier and more often, increased attention has turned to the likely adverse health consequences of climate change for the 6.7 million residents of rural and remote Australia. The results of a study of rural and regional GPs published in the February 2014 issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health show that although GPs have an... read more
Professor David Perkins’ editorial in the February 2014 issue of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) draws attention to the challenges to Australia's health system of projected increases in the nation's population. The Australian Bureau of Statistics projects a population of 36.8 - 48.3 million people by 2061.
"Where will these people live and who will care for them?"... read more
Fluoridation of drinking water is regarded by public health experts as the most cost-effective health promotion intervention available in a wealthy country like Australia.
Yet millions of Australians do not have ready access to fluoridated drinking water. In rural and remote areas special measures are justified to fix this.
Over 3 million people in Australia live in places... read more
With the closure of the Rural Health Education Foundation (the Foundation), health practitioners and consumers in remote areas will no longer have their regular stream of up-to-date information available via the Rural Health TV Channel. Unless some other agency takes the Foundation’s place, Channel 600 on the free-to-view Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) network will no longer be... read more
Over 770 applications - a record number for one year - have been received for the 2014 round of the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme.
RAMUS is a Commonwealth Government program to help provide doctors for rural and remote areas by offsetting some of the additional costs incurred by medical students who come from country areas. It is managed for the... read more
This week's Closing the Gap report from the Prime Minister shows that, like so many other social and health challenges in Australia, things are tougher for people in remote areas. It strengthens the case for a specific focus on more remote areas in work relating to access to fundamental services like education and health.
The National Rural Health Alliance is encouraged that, in... read more
The National Rural Health Alliance has published a Discussion Paper about the relatively poor access to medicines and pharmaceutical advice available to people in rural and remote areas.
Tim Kelly, Chairperson of the Alliance, described the situation as an important healthcare deficit which has received insufficient attention - but one that could be resolved with some simple and low-... read more
As Christmas approaches, there is one gift that would mean so much to the 6.7 million people who live in rural, regional and remote Australia.
That is better access to health care. This requires a sustainable workforce, including doctors, nurses, oral health workers, managers and allied health professionals.
To assist in making this Christmas wish come true, the National Rural... read more
It is well known that rural and remote Australia does not have enough doctors. This is despite the fact that people in those areas have the greatest health need and the greatest challenges in accessing services.
So how many doctors are there in country areas? Surprisingly there is still no unequivocal evidence about the scale and location of doctor shortages. This means that policies... read more