Migration patterns can have an impact on health and policies.
When people migrate they can end up worse off when it comes to getting access to health care. Analysing migration trends can help drive local public health policy towards the correct targets.
People with disabilities living in Madwaleni in the Eastern Cape have difficulty accessing healthcare.
Poor people with disabilities living in rural South Africa are particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing health care.
Strategies for dealing with dementia require reflection.
Small businesses such as pubs and hairdressers are key to allowing people with dementia to maintain meaningful social ties.
Rural workplaces are marked by an expectation of regular drinking and long and irregular work hours.
Rural workplaces often tacitly encourage excessive drinking and even drugtaking.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
A woman extension worker employed by the Afar Pastoralist Development Association. Some health extension workers are separated from their families and some are unable to move.
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In Ethiopia health extension workers in rural areas fulfill an essential service - but they feel they have no career path.
Emotional abuse was the most common form of abuse.
Not only are women in regional and rural areas more likely to experience partner violence than their city counterparts, it's more difficult to leave and re-establish a new life.
New data shows many Australians aren’t seeing their doctors because it costs too much.
In some parts of Australia, patients are twice to three times more likely to avoid seeing their GP because they can't afford it, according to figures released today.
Community health care workers are beginning to be formally integrated into the health care system.
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Community health workers are finally being formally integrated into the health system – but they need support to make an impact.
Rwanda faces energy isues and renewable energy in rural parts of the country is vital for healthcare.
Rwanda requires the use of renewable energy to power up healthcare clinics in rural parts of the country.
Student doctor Livhuwani Mashanzhe (R) from the University of Johannesburg takes a blood test from a patient at Kimberley train station in South Africa in this file picture.
Skilled mid level health care workers can relieve the workload of other health care workers and can help make universal health care a reality for South Africans.
If you need doctors to work in the country, you need a selection system that picks people with those values and commitments.
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Three features of a medical school help predict where medical students will eventually work as doctors: selection, the curriculum, and the professionalism of the newly-qualified doctors.
Physician assistants provide high-quality care and can help fill Australia’s rural doctor shortage.
At a ceremony in Townsville today, four people will graduate from James Cook University’s physician assistant program. They will be Australia’s first bachelor’s graduates in that field. This is an important…
Good teeth often correlates with good health. But one in five over-65s have lost all their teeth.
An Aussie smile is an instant indicator of socioeconomic status, employability and self-esteem. It’s also a predictor of physical health. So it’s shocking that Australians’ dental health has not improved…
There is a higher density of gun ownership in country areas in Australia relative to cities. Does this explain recent homicides on farms?
The recent multiple homicide in a small Victorian township, coming barely a month after a mass shooting in rural New South Wales, may give the impression that firearm-related murders in rural Australia…
A lack of local professionals means rural health is already under pressure and the budget will only make things worse.
People living in remote and rural Australia already have a shorter life expectancies and higher rates of premature deaths. Last week’s federal budget will not only make that worse, it will introduce even…
The cost of fresh fruit and vegetables soars in rural areas.
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Would you pay A$9 for six mushrooms in inner-city Melbourne? Or A$4.50 for one small piece of broccoli or cauliflower in Sydney? Probably not – but this is what rural Australians are being asked to fork…
Long distances make for long response times in rural settings.
The first minutes of a medical emergency can be crucial for a patient’s chances of recovery, but what if that emergency happens in a rural setting, far away from help? Scottish ambulance crews respond…
One-third of rural patients wait 24 hours or longer for an urgent GP appointment.
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If you live far from a city, you are likely to be in poorer health than your urban counterparts; you’re also less likely to use health-care services and if you do, you’ll have to wait longer for care…
The children with the greatest level of disease also have the poorest access to care.
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Data released recently by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show the number of dentists has increased by 24% in the five years to 2011. There are now around 12,700 dentists in Australia, with…