The term 'rural and remote' encompasses all areas outside Australia's Major cities. Using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification System, these areas are classified as Inner regional, Outer regional, Remote or Very remote. For further information, please see the Australian Standard Geographical Classification System on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
It can be difficult to assess the implications of remoteness for health due to:
It is also difficult to measure whether there is adequate supply of medical services because of the influence of factors such as varying health-seeking behaviours, professional scope of practice, and health system efficiency across remoteness areas.
These external links take you to other organisations who are working with rural and remote health issues.
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