Rural health


7 Dec 2017

As Australians are living longer, it is important to understand whether people are spending more years in good health or more years living with illness. The measure of health-adjusted life expectancy (HALE) can be used to understand this.

HALE extends the concept of life...

Other text

26 Oct 2017

For 94 years, Royal Far West has been serving country children and communities. Whilst our approach has changed and evolved over this time to respond to the most pressing needs of country communities, we have remained relentlessly focused on the health and wellbeing of country...

Blog post

18 Sep 2017

Healthy planning is about supporting the wellbeing of all people, no matter where they live, their age, physical and mental abilities, and irrespective of their socio-economic status. In this ‘urban’ century, when more of us than ever live in cites, there is a danger that...

Research report

18 Sep 2017

In 2017, Royal Far West commissioned the Centre for Community Child Health to undertake a review of the health and development and wellbeing of children in rural and remote Australia.

The report;

profiled the population characteristics of children in rural and remote Australia...


Research report

1 Aug 2017

Seven million Australians live in remote and rural Australia. On average, these seven million Australians have poorer health outcomes and live shorter lives than city residents. For example, the premature death rate is 1.6 times higher in remote Australia than in city areas. The percentage...

Literature review

30 Jun 2017

This review of literature about farmer health and agricultural medicine forms part of the research for the mid-term evaluation of the National Centre for Farmer Health. It has been guided by the overarching aim of the evaluation: to examine issues of need, effectiveness, and efficiency,...

Discussion paper

29 Jun 2017

The National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health (the Framework) was developed through the Rural Health Standing Committee, a committee of the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council, and agreed by the Standing Council on Health, the committee of Ministers of Health, in late 2011....

Research report

24 Mar 2017

Our indicator reports monitor changes over the Transforming Health program implementation. We selected indicators to monitor changes in patient access and equity taken from the case for change stated in SA Health’s Our Next Steps :

Too many deaths occur in our hospitals...

Journal article

13 Jul 2016

Websites offer new opportunities to provide health-related information to rural communities. However, how acceptable they are to this population is unknown. This paper describes the consumer-led development of a website that provides rural-specific information on psychosocial care for rural South Australians affected by cancer, and...

Other text

19 May 2016

The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) is the peak national body representing the interests of doctors working in rural and remote communities and their patients.

People living in rural and remote areas have significantly higher rates of disease and injury, worse health outcomes...

Conference paper

4 Dec 2014

This paper examined the performance and need of health services in the mining communities through a case study of the Moura Township in Queensland, Australia. The study involved a case study approach with a survey method to assess the current performance and the need of...

Briefing paper

26 Mar 2014

Executive summary

Rural Australians generally experience poorer health than their city counterparts. Rural Australia is a vast geographical region, with significant diversity, where there is good health and prosperity, as well as disadvantage. The purpose of this issue brief is to provide evidence...

Journal article

1 Jun 2011



To compare workplace conditions and levels of occupational stress in two samples of Australian nurses.


The research adopted a cross‐sectional design, using a structured questionnaire.


Health centres in very remote Australia...

Research report

31 Mar 2008

This report focuses on a comprehensive range of health issues concerning people living in rural, regional and remote Australia. It includes information relating to health status (such as rates of chronic disease, injury and mental health) and determinants of health (such as tobacco smoking, alcohol...

Research report

20 Sep 2007

While Australia has a relatively sophisticated public and private health care system, for some people geographic isolation inhibits their access to specialist health care. Out of a total population of just over 21 million, approximately 34 per cent of Australians reside in regional, rural and...

Research report

1 Mar 2004


The development over the last decade of geographical classifications for Australia that describe areas in terms of relative remoteness has provided an opportunity to compare a wide range of health and welfare indicators across Australia’s major cities, regional and remote areas....

Conference paper

10 Apr 2001

The health needs of rural communities have been increasingly recognised as an area of concern, particularly due to the lack of accessible and available mental health and social services. High levels of need for psychological intervention have been identified, however only recently have strategies concerning...

Journal article

This paper uses discourse analysis to explore individuals’ use of two discourses in Scottish rural health community participation. It explores interview texts from a community participation project to design new services. Findings show that some community members employ discourses of rural localness and tradition to...

Journal article



To evaluate a community paramedicine program in rural Ontario, Canada, through the perceptions and experiences of consumers.


An observational ethnographic approach was used to acquire qualitative data through informal discussions, semi-structured interviews and direct observation...

Journal article

This article explores what happened, over the longer term, after a community participation exercise to design future rural service delivery models, and considers perceptions of why more follow-up actions did or did not happen. The study, which took place in 2014, revisits three Scottish communities...