Uneven Health Care Services in Australia

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The health status of every individual is much more than a measure of their physical wellbeing. The state of health varies throughout time and differs for every individual. The extent to which living in rural Australia is a health hazard can be assessed according to the social determinants of health. Apart from an individual’s behaviour there are also other factors that affect a person’s health; level of education, geographical location of living status, employment, quality of food, home life, and whether or not they live in a rural or metropolitan area. The extent to which people in rural and remote areas is “less healthy” (ruralhealth.org.au). Residents of rural and remote communities continue to show poorer health outcomes than residents in metropolitan centres, whilst the health of indigenous communities remains unacceptable. In order to determine the effects of rural life on the health of individuals one must first determine the difference of metropolitan and define what is actually meant by ‘rural and remote areas’ within Australia.
Without the comparison of urban and rural areas how can one determine the extent of health hazards? The way rural and remote is defined is very important. It is used to assess health and workforce needs, and the resources allocated to meet the needs of the health of individuals within communities. There are many different classification systems that have been developed to define remote and rural Australia. These systems are used to
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