Australia's domestic response to WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health report "Closing the gap within a generation". Submission to Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry

07 November 2012

The rural environment, coupled with socio-economic and socio-cultural factors and exacerbated by barriers to access and utilisation of health services, contribute to health inequities for people who live in rural and remote Australia. The NRHA concludes that health care reform should be judged by its effect on those with the greatest current needs. Health inequality must be addressed through multiple strategies and a ‘whole-of-society’, whole of government approach that is adapted to be 'fit for purpose' locally through community consultation.

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