Overview

On average, Australians living in rural and remote areas have shorter lives, higher levels of disease and injury and poorer access to and use of health services, compared with people living in metropolitan areas. Poorer health outcomes in rural and remote areas may be due to multiple factors including lifestyle differences and a level of disadvantage related to education and employment opportunities, as well as access to health services.

More reports and statistics on rural & remote Australians can be found under Social determinants, Risk factors, Chronic disease, Hospitals and Burden of Disease.

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Latest findings

In 2016, people in Remote areas were more likely to report barriers accessing GPs and specialists than Major cities

In 2017–18, potentially preventable hospitalisation rates in Very remote areas were 2.5 times as high as Major cities

In 2015–2017, life expectancy for both males and females decreased as remoteness increased

Highlights