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Enough seagulls! Rural and remote communities need local researchers living, walking and talking with locals

Ruth Stewart
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50857
Published online: 7 December 2020

Researchers who live and work in community can respond to local clinical questions and provide feedback to community on their findings

Australians enjoy some of the best health outcomes in the world1 and those benefits are concentrated in our urban centres. Australians who live in rural and remote Australia have poorer health than their urban peers. The more remote your residence, the shorter your life span and the greater the burden of disease carried by your community.2

  • Ruth Stewart

  • Australian Government Department of Health, National Rural Health Commissioner, Canberra, ACT

Correspondence: NRHC@health.gov.au

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