Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Medical Research and Rural Health – Garvan Report 2015

Medical Research and Rural Health – Garvan Report 2015, the first in a series of Garvan Institute health reports, provides an up-to-date insight into the main health issues facing rural and regional communities today; who in those communities are affected; why the challenges exist and what is the outlook and way forward in starting to rectify some of these major health issues.

Examining health in line with the National Priority Health Areas,

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

• life expectancy is 2.5 years lower for males and 1.3 years lower for females for outer regional, remote and very remote areas compared with major cities and inner regional areas
• 5-year relative survival for cancer decreases with increasing remoteness
• diabetes ranks higher as a cause of death among people living in remote and very remote areas compared with regional and major city areas
• the prevalence of asthma is significantly higher in people living in inner regional areas compared with those living in major cities or outer regional and remote areas
• adults living in outer regional and remote areas of Australia are more likely to be overweight or obese(69.5%) compared with adults living in major cities (60.2%).

Press release

Rural health poorer than in cities: report

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