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released: 13 May 2005 author: AIHW media release

This report focuses on a comprehensive range of rural health issues including: health status, determinants of health, and health service provision, and is the first systematic comparison of its kind.

ISSN 1448 9775; ISBN 978 1 74024 467 1; Cat. no. PHE 59; 0pp.; INTERNET ONLY

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Publication table of contents

  • Health status (Tier 1)
    1. Health conditions (342K PDF)
      • Chronic diseases
      • Injuries
      • Mental health
      • Dental health
      • Communicable diseases
      • Birthweight
    2. Human function (171K PDF)
      • Disability
      • Reduced activity because of illness
    3. Life expectancy and wellbeing (204K PDF)
      • Life expectancy
      • Self-assessed health status
      • Happiness
    4. Deaths (249K PDF)
      • Overall mortality
      • Perinatal mortality
      • Leading causes of death and excess deaths
  • Determinants of health (Tier 2)
    1. Environmental factors (312K PDF)
      • Fluoridated water
    2. Socioeconomic factors
      • Educational status of the adult population
      • High school apparent retention rates
      • Progression from school to university and TAFE
      • Employment
      • Household income and the gap between rich and poor
      • Percentage employed in each industry
      • Socioeconomic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)
    3. Community capacity (413K PDF)
      • Demography
      • Dependency
      • Internal migration
      • Fertility
      • Community safety
      • Risk taking
      • Tenure
      • Crowding
      • Motor vehicles
      • Cost of living
    4. Health behaviours (235K PDF)
      • Tobacco
      • Alcohol
      • Illicit drugs
      • Physical inactivity
      • Nutrition
    5. Person-related factors
      • Overweight/obesity
  • Health system performance (Tier 3)
    1. Effectiveness (225K PDF)
      • Immunisation
      • Breast cancer and cervical screening participation rate
    2. Appropriateness
      • Female general practitioners
      • Hospital procedures
    3. Accessibility (388K PDF)
      • Supply of health workers
      • Dental consultations
    4. Capability
      • Public hospitals
    5. Sustainability
      • Students commencing health-related tertiary education
      • Hours worked, and age of health workers

Recommended citation

AIHW 2005. Rural, regional and remote health: indicators of health. Rural health series no. 5. Cat. no. PHE 59. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 20 September 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467718>.