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If all the people who live in rural and remote Australia came together into a single city, that city would have a population of 7 million people and be bigger than even Sydney and Melbourne.

What if we knew that the entire population of Sydney or Melbourne, or any of our major cities had poorer access to health services? Imagine the uproar!

Yet the 7 million people who live in rural and remote Australia continue to have poorer access to healthcare when compared with their city cousins. Indeed, there is a deficit of about $2 billion in the health budget for those living in rural and remote Australia.

Below is a collection of Election 2016 related materials published by the National Rural Health Alliance and other organisations.

 

NRHA Election News & Media Releases

Remote Health Infographic

Regardless of whether you live in a city or in remote Australia, you are equally as likely to suffer from Heart Disease or Type 2 Diabetes. To get the best possible outcomes you will need a range of health services, but if you live in the bush you will be affected by the lack of services in remote Australia. Learn more about the health inequalities from our Remote Health Infographic, and think about rural and remote health when you vote.

24 June 2016,  Infographic

Rural Health Commissioner commitment critical to reform

24 June 2016,  NRHA Media Release

The health of people living in remote Australia

Remote Australia is characterised by small, isolated communities with the highest rates of ill health. Despite their high needs, people in remote Australia have the lowest numbers of health professionals per population as well as poor access to health services which results in higher rates of hospitalisation and earlier death.

Discover all the facts from our Remote Health Fact Sheet.

23 June 2016,  NRHA News

Remote Australians need investment in their health care

"Report after report has shown that the health status of remote Australians is worse than both city and rural populations on almost every indicator. 

Fact - 20% more people in remote areas are living with disease when compared with those living in the city.

Fact - the death rates due to diabetes, suicide, lung disease and heart disease are significantly higher in remote Australia. 

Fact - people in remote Australia die around three years earlier than people in metropolitan areas."

Read the full media release.

23 June 2016,  NRHA Media Release

Mental Health Infographic

The $112 million deficit in rural and remote mental health spending has very real impacts on rural and remote Australians attempting to access quality, professional care for diagnosis, treatment and management of mental illness.

Learn more and think about rural health when you vote this election.

27 May 2016,  Infographic

Mental health in rural and remote Australia

In rural and remote Australia access to mental health services is substantially limited with many rural and remote towns having no access to specialised mental health services and relying on limited GP services.  There is a $112 million deficit in Medicare funded mental health services in rural and remote Australia.

27 May 2016,  NRHA Media Release

Fact Sheet: Mental health in rural and remote Australia

Around 1 in 5 Australians are likely to suffer from a mental illness however access to mental health services is substantially more limited in rural and remote Australia, and rural people are less likely to seek help. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness.

27 May 2016,  NRHA News

Election Infographic: The $2b Deficit

Follow our series of infographics highlighting different aspects of rural and remote health, beginning with an overview on the size of the rural and remote population and the current deficit in health spending in rural and remote Australia.

13 May 2016,  Infographic

Fact Sheet: The extent of the rural health deficit

There is a total health deficit in rural and remote areas of at least $2.1 billion a year. This equates to a shortage of 25 million services, and it includes the rural Medicare deficit which has now reached $1 billion a year.

13 May 2016,  Infographic

The National Rural Health Alliance says ‘Think About Rural Health When You Vote’

If all the people who live in rural and remote Australia came together into a single city, that city would have a population of 7 million people and be bigger than even Sydney and Melbourne.

What if we knew that the entire population of Sydney or Melbourne, or any of our major cities had poorer access to health services?  Imagine the uproar!

12 May 2016,  NRHA Media Release