The facts about poverty and health in rural and remote Australia

Friday, 24 November 2017
Poverty fact sheet

The National Rural Health Alliance has updated its Fact Sheet on Poverty in Rural and Remote Australia to include new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on mean income and wealth in Australia and healthcare cost access barriers.

The new publication also explores the relationship between poverty, inequality and health outcomes, with a special focus on rural and remote areas of Australia.

The research shows that in Australia today, all the population groups at higher risk of poverty are present in greater proportion in rural and remote parts of the country.

Poverty has a clear and substantial impact on the social and economic determinants of health experienced by people who live in rural and remote areas. These determinants (including housing, food security, education) are estimated to be responsible for around 40 per cent of the expression of burden of disease – with risk factors (which are often influenced by social determinants) responsible for another estimated 30 per cent.

To find out more, and to read more fact sheets from the National Rural Health Alliance, please visit: