Health issues for people in rural and remote areas

Rogers-Clark, Cath and McCarthy, Alexandra (2005) Health issues for people in rural and remote areas. In: Living with illness: psychosocial challenges for nursing. Elsevier (Churchill Livingstone), Sydney, Australia, pp. 83-96. ISBN 0-7295-3750-1


This chapter examines:
# definitions of 'rural';
# the incidence of chronic illness and mental illness in rural and remote Australia;
# issues surrounding the delivery of rural health care for those experiencing illness; and
# the role of rural nurses.

In this large land, it will not surprise you to learn that people living outside metropolitan areas often experience life in quite different ways from city dwellers. The vast distances in rural Australia, plus the differences in living conditions, lifestyle and culture between city and country mean that health care for rural people needs to be considered within the context of rural life. That is, nurses and other health care professionals need to learn much more about rural life and rural communities, and appreciate the particular difficulties that confront rural people dealing with health problems, as well as the
benefits of rural living and rural communities that help people get through difficult times.

In this chapter, we will explore these issues by considering the Brown family's experiences with illness.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 05:36
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 01:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: health; issue; health care; rural; remote; Australia
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160804 Rural Sociology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health

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