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Community and Family Studies: Rural and Remote Peoples

Year 12 CAFS

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For over 10 years now, Rural and Remote Mental Health has been delivering mental health programs and services to people living and working in rural and remote Australia.


Very high rates of chronic disease and their related complications are evident in rural and remote communities in Australia, particularly in Indigenous communities. To meet these needs many different models of primary health care have been developed, but it is not known how well these models of care translate to health improvement. This research project, funded by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute seeks to understand what primary health care organisational approaches, systems, processes and skills contribute to good health outcomes. Although this research project is still underway, early impacts are demonstrated in this clip.

This is a story on mental health in remote and rural communities. This story went to air on the 3rd of June 2017 ABC TV.

Panellists: Bess Price, Aboriginal advocate; Penny Wong, Finance Minister; Greg Hunt, shadow environment minister; Chris Kenny, columnist with The Australian; and Graham Innes, Disability and Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Department of Health

As a large country with a relatively small population that is concentrated in a small number of major urban areas, issues related to distance and isolation mean that rural and remote communities in Australia have an additional set of challenges in terms of relapse prevention.


Community engagement is a philosophy that underpins remote and rural service delivery. Community engagement is one of a number of terms used to refer to the process of involving the community in the decision making about health services including health service planning, policy development, implementation of health services and evaluation of services.


This Facts Sheet describes how the characteristics of Australian families differ between the "city" and the "bush”. It includes information about the geographic distribution of families; household type; family structure; age distribution; access to services and the characteristics of children’s outcomes.