Journal article

"Rural health is subjective, everyone sees it differently": Understandings of rural health among Australian stakeholders

Lisa Bourke, Judy Taylor, John S Humphreys, John Wakerman

HEALTH & PLACE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2013


In Australia, a diversity of perspectives of rural health have produced a deficit discourse as well as multidisciplinary perspectives that acknowledge diversity and blend in social, cultural and public health concepts. Interviews with 48 stakeholders challenged categories of rural and remote, and discussed these concepts in different ways, but invariably marginalised Aboriginal voices. Respondents overwhelmingly used a deficit discourse to plead for more resources but also blended diverse knowledge and at times reflected a relational understanding of rurality. However, mainstream perspectives dominated Aboriginal voices and racial exclusion remains a serious challenge for rural/remote health..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council and has also been supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing through the University Department of Health (UDRH) program. The authors also acknowledge the many interviewees who gave their time to discuss rural health and remote health,