Rural Australians dying earlier, from avoidable illness


* Men living in remote areas die 14 years earlier than their city peers, while women die 12 years earlier

* Potentially avoidable deaths in very remote areas are 2.5 times higher in males and 2.8 times higher in females

* Coronary heart disease burden in remote areas is 2.2 times higher

* Chronic kidney disease results in 3.2 times the disease burden in remote areas

* Rural people are 24 times more likely to be hospitalised due to domestic violence

* 44,930 people in remote Australia do not have access to primary healthcare one hour's drive from their homes

* People living in rural Australia utilise Medicare up to half the rate

* There is a rural health funding shortfall of $6.5 billion, or $850 per person

* The prevalence of GPs providing primary care has been reducing in very remote areas, with the Northern Territory having the lowest rate of doctors

* Small rural towns have almost 60 per cent fewer health professionals than major cities

Source: National Rural Health Alliance's rural health in Australia snapshot 2023

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