The NRHA and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) are collaborating in Anti-Poverty Week (Sunday 13 October to Saturday 19 October) to highlight the issue of poverty in rural and remote areas.
People living in poverty not only have low levels of income; they also miss out on opportunities and resources that most take for granted, such as adequate health and dental care, education, employment opportunities, food and recreation. The need to alleviate poverty is particularly relevant to achieving better health for rural and remote communities.
In Australia, incomes are some 20 per cent lower in regional areas than in the major cities.
Australians who are most disadvantaged socio-economically are twice as likely as those who are least disadvantaged to have a long term health condition.
The main aims of Anti-Poverty Week are:
• to strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and in Australia; and
• to encourage research, discussion and action to address these problems, including action by individuals, communities, organisations and governments.
The NRHA and ACOSS will use this year's Anti-Poverty Week to highlight poverty and disadvantage in rural and remote Australia. We will be releasing a snapshot of poverty and hardship being experienced by people across the country outside our capital cities.
The report will add further to the picture of poverty in Australia that ACOSS has been developing with the Poverty in Australia Report released during Anti-Poverty Week in 2012.
The new report will be launched in a rural centre on Monday 14th October.
Anti-Poverty Week was established in Australia as an expansion of the UN's annual International Anti-Poverty Day on October 17. All Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight or overcome issues of poverty and hardship in Australia or overseas.
Various activities are organised by health organisations, religious groups, community organisations, schools and youth groups, government departments, local councils, businesses, universities, and sporting and cultural groups. You can find a list of events that are happening in 2013, or register your own event!