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RURAL HEALTH

A 'health gap' exists between rural and metropolitan Australia, with poorer health outcomes and higher death rates evident outside major cities, especially in our remote communities.

Medical research and rural health

Since 2013, the Garvan Research Foundation has promoted awareness of health and medical research in Australia’s rural communities. We've published two reports examining the federal government’s National Health Priority Areas in relation to the rural health gap.

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Key Statistics

Death rate

Death rate

There is a 40% higher death rate in remote areas than in major cities

2.5 years

2.5 years

Life expectancy is 2.5 years lower for males in outer regional, remote and very remote areas compared with major cities and inner regional areas

1.3 years

1.3 years

Life expectancy is 1.3 years lower for females in outer regional, remote and very remote areas compared with major cities and inner regional areas

Cancer

Cancer

5 year relative survival for cancer decreases with increasing remoteness

Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes ranks higher as a cause of death among people living in remote and very remote areas compared with regional and major city areas

Closing the health gap

Medical research has an important role to play in addressing the rural health gap in Australia. Breakthroughs in diagnosis, treatment and prevention – through genomics, personalised medicine and cancer immunotherapy – are changing the way we think about disease, and improving outcomes for all Australians, whether they live in remote, rural or metropolitan areas.

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