What progress can the Australian Journal of Rural Health celebrate on its thirtieth anniversary?

John S. Humphreys, John Wakerman

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Thirty years ago the first edition of the Australian Journal of Rural Health (AJRH) was published. Following reviews published in 2002 and 2012, it is again time to review what progress has been made in bringing about improved health outcomes for residents of rural and remote Australia over the past decade. Compounded by the Covid-19 crisis that has affected the health and health care system throughout Australia, this review notes the significant lack of progress over the past decade in ameliorating ongoing problems of poor access to primary health care and associated avoidable hospitalisations, persistent poor health of Indigenous Australians, and the greater prevalence of a range of health risk factors. Following the findings of the recent New South Wales enquiry into rural health, this review highlights what is needed to implement the many recommendations that have emerged from the wealth of evidence-based research published in journals such as the AJRH to improve health outcomes and increase the parity and equity in health between metropolitan and non-metropolitan Australians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-569
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


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