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An `upside-down` view of rural health care

Mahoney, Mary, Townsend, Mardie, Hallebone, Erica and Nesbitt, Pat 2001, An `upside-down` view of rural health care, International journal of consumer studies, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 102-113, doi: 10.1111/j.1470-6431.2001.00185.x.

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Title An `upside-down` view of rural health care
Author(s) Mahoney, Mary
Townsend, Mardie
Hallebone, Erica
Nesbitt, Pat
Journal name International journal of consumer studies
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 102
End page 113
Publisher Blackwell Science
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001-06
ISSN 1470-6423
1470-6431
Keyword(s) rural health
community cohesion
participation
Australia
Summary Access to high quality health care services plays an important part in the health of rural communities and individuals. This fact is reflected in efforts by governments to improve the quality of such services through better targeting of funds and more efficient management of services. In Australia, the difficulties experienced by rural communities in attracting and retaining doctors has long been recognized as a contributing factor to the relatively higher levels of morbidity and mortality in rural areas. However, this paper, based on a study of two small rural communities in Australia, suggests that resolving the health problems of rural communities will require more than simply increasing the quality and accessibility of health services. Health and well-being in such communities relates as much to the sense of community cohesion as it does to the direct provision of medical services. Over recent years, that cohesion has diminished, undermined in part by government policies that have fuelled an exodus from small rural communities to urban areas. Until governments begin to take an 'upside-down' perspective, focusing on building healthy communities rather than simply on building hospitals to make communities healthy, the disadvantages faced by rural people will continue to be exacerbated.
Notes Published Online: 7 Jul 2008
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1470-6431.2001.00185.x
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, Blackwell Science
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001147

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health Sciences
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