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%).