Medical research and rural health
The Garvan Research Foundation has published two reports examining National Health Priority Areas and the rural health gap.
HEALTHY FAMILIES, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Our rural health work began with our ‘Healthy Families, Healthy Communities’ program, which launched in 2013 in partnership with Ridley Corporation.
The program began with ‘Cancer in the community’, a series of free public forums helping to demystify cancer as a disease by providing updates on the latest in research, suggesting practical ways to reduce individual risk, and the best ways to access local resources and cancer support.
Garvan researchers continued visiting local communities, expanding the range of topics to address other important issues such as diabetes and obesity, diseases of the brain, and how we can support healthy ageing.
RURAL HEALTH REPORTS
Following the success of ‘Healthy Families, Healthy Communities’ program, we published ‘Medical Research and Rural Health’ in 2015.
The report continued to strengthen that community conversation and increase understanding of the need for, and importance of medical research across the broader community. We examined the federal government’s National Health Priority Areas – arthritis, asthma, cancer control, cardiovascular health, dementia, diabetes mellitus, mental health, musculoskeletal conditions, and overweight and obesity – in relation to rural Australia.
We followed the inaugural report with an adjunct report in 2016, ‘A Rural Perspective: Cancer and Medical Research’. This report collated data on the incidence and impact of cancer in rural Australia. It offered an insight into how our understanding and treatment of cancer can be transformed and the role medical research can play.