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Rural Remote Health. 2006 Jan-Mar;6(1):475. Epub 2006 Feb 1.

Brutal neglect: Australian rural women's access to health services.

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  • 1Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia.


Access to health services in rural Australia has been particularly problematic because of the vast geographical areas and the sparse population distribution across the inland. The focus on health servicing has been very much on primary health care with most attention being giving to the distribution of doctors in rural Australia. This study takes a closer look at rural health servicing through the eyes of women in rural Australia. Drawing on a survey of 820 women, the study revealed that a focus on primary health care may be resulting in a lack of attention to women's health in areas, such as maternity models of care, domestic violence and mental health. The study also reveals the disquiet of Australian rural women at the poor state of health services.

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