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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22 Oct 2019
25 Jun 2021
In 2015, the total disease burden rate in Remote and very remote areas was 1.4 times as high as 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
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