Rural Health Care and regional development are mutually supportive

Rural Health Care in Australia is part of a rural urban divide discussion. People living in rural areas tend to have shorter lives and higher levels of illness and disease risk factors than those in major cities.

It is also true that, on average, people living in rural Australia do not always have the same opportunities for good health as those living in major cities.For example, residents of more inaccessible areas of Australia are generally disadvantaged in their access to good and services, educational and employment opportunities and income.

In contrast, rural Australians generally have higher levels of social cohesiveness, for example, higher rates of participation in volunteer work and feelings of safety in their community. (Australian Institute of Health Welfare)

Rural Health Care

Impact of rurality on health status – Health outcomes, as exemplified by higher rates of death, tend to be poorer outside major cities. The main contributors to higher death rates in regional and remote areas are coronary heart disease, other circulatory diseases, motor vehicle accidents and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (e.g. emphysema). These higher death rates may relate to differences in access to services, risk factors and the regional/remote environment. (Australian Institute of Health Welfare)

Data quality issues, the limited nature of available data-sets, poor identification of Indigenous people in data collections and differences between the operation of health systems in major cities and regional and remote areas, can often make comparison difficult.

Australian Regional Development Conference will feature discussions on Rural, Remote and Regional health care. It will be held in Albury NSW on the 15 – 16 October 2014. The conference with a focus on the broad issues of economic, planning, environment and community development. The conference will focus on the improvement of economic and social outcomes for regional Australia.

“Regional development and good health are mutually supportive. By providing jobs, services and infrastructure, regional development contributes to the social determinants of good health. In return, a healthy community provides one of the bases for successful local businesses.” National Rural Health Alliance

rural urban divide for healthcare
rural urban divide for healthcare

Call for papers – rural, remote and regional health care, would you like to speak at this conference

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.


RDA ConferenceAustralian Regional Development Conference

15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury Secretariat: (T) 61 7 5502 2068 (F) 07 5527 3298 Email: [email protected] URL: