AIHW data paints dire rural picture

Thursday, 28 September 2023
A rural road at dusk
Image: Croakey - Photo by Alison Barrett

The latest data released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) certainly paints a dire picture of what continues to occur in rural and remote communities in relation to health access and health outcomes, writes the Alliance Chief Executive Susi Tegen.

In an article to Croakey Health Media, Ms Tegen said the updated Rural and Remote data analysis by AIHW on 11 September 2023, as part of its rolling program of revising information, shows that people living in rural and remote Australia have higher mortality rates and potentially avoidable deaths than those living in major cities.

‘AIHW’s updated data points to coronary heart disease as the leading cause of death across all remote areas. This is similar to our findings published in Rural Health in Australia Snapshot 2021 and our fact sheet  about cardiovascular disease in rural Australia,’ Ms Tegen added.

Read the article here.

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