Rural health: why it matters

John Wakerman and John S Humphreys
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2002.tb04514.x
Published online: 20 May 2002

Australia needs a distinctive “rural health” approach that recognises the valuable role played by the “outback” in our economy and our national psyche

The year 2002, the "Year of the Outback", is an opportune time to reflect on why rural health matters and why it continues to be important for Australia. It is the culmination of a decade of initiatives and activity by governments, health organisations and communities seeking to address the "problem of rural health".

  • 1 Centre for Remote Health (a joint centre of Flinders University and Northern Territory University), Alice Springs, NT.
  • 2 Monash University School of Rural Health, Monash University, North Bendigo, VIC.

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