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

Bourke, Lisa, Taylor, Judy, Humphreys, John S., and Wakerman, John (2013) "Rural health is subjective, everyone sees it differently": understandings of rural health among Australian stakeholders. Health & Place, 24. pp. 65-72.

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Abstract

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 in Australia.

Item ID: 30227
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-2054
Keywords: rural health; remote health; deficit discourse; relational rural; marginalised Aboriginal voices
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Projects and Grants: University Department of Health (UDRH) program
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 00:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 50%
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