Best for the Bush

Best for the Bush Book

  • Author(s): Gardiner, Fergus, Bishop, L., Spring, Breeanna, Gale, L., Schofield, Z., Quinlan, F.
  • Published: 2023
  • Publisher: Royal Flying Doctor Service

Abstract: Despite some challenges, those in rural, regional and remote parts of our country report higher rates of life satisfaction than in our cities. It is critical for our society, our identity and our economy that we have populations in these areas farming our fibre, mining our minerals and tending our traditional lands. However, it is also well-established that rural, regional and remote Australians consistently experience poorer health, with those living in the most remote areas demonstrating the worst health outcomes. People in these communities have poorer access to health care services, including hospital services and comprehensive primary healthcare services, travel greater distances to receive such services, experience higher rates of ill health and potentially preventable hospitalisations, and demonstrate higher levels of mortality, morbidity and health and disease risk factors. In ‘Best for the Bush, Rural and Remote Health Base Line, 2022' the latest data on the health of rural, regional and remote Australians is presented alongside RFDS aeromedical retrieval data and evidence on service gaps, to identify the issues that most urgently need attention from service providers, funders and policy makers. Disparities in health outcomes and service access for those living in rural, regional and remote areas compared to those in our major cities have existed for many years. Moving the conversation to pursue solutions and action requires a sound understanding of the health issues impacting rural, regional and remote Australia and the specific gaps in service provision that need to be addressed as the highest priority.

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Gardiner, Fergus, Bishop, L., Spring, Breeanna, Gale, L., Schofield, Z., Quinlan, F., 2023, Best for the Bush, Book, viewed 15 July 2024,

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