Without data, you are just another person with an opinion

Friday, 27 November 2015
the little book of rural health numbers

A recent report from the AIHW[1] shows that some groups in Australia are at much higher risk of smoking or being exposed to second-hand smoke than others. They include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those living in remote or socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, and single parents with dependent children.

The report describes a range of smoking indicators from age at uptake, to quitting attempts, prevalence, and many others.

Results from the ABS Patient Experience Survey are now available.[2] It deals with patient experiences with GPs, specialists, dentists, emergency departments and after-hours health services, among others. There are substantial differences between major cities and regional/rural areas, especially for such things as after-hours and dental care.

If you're concerned about a better oral/dental health system for Australia, you might like to visit the website of the National Oral Health Alliance (NOHA): http://www.oralhealth.asn.au/

But if you want to find such facts as these for rural and remote areas of Australia all in one place, you should try the NRHA's Little Book of Rural Health Numbers:

http://ruralhealth.org.au/book/little-book-rural-health-numbers

Like many others, the Alliance has been frustrated at the difficulty in finding reliable information on rural and remote Australia and on health issues for people living there. So, led by Andrew and Stephen, we are doing something to make life easier.  We brought lots of data together into The Little Book of Rural Health Numbers which has been prepared for the Internet and is about to be launched on the world. 

It isn’t definitive, it is still a work in progress, but we are putting it out there for people to use and provide feedback to us on, so we can make it better and provide a service.  Try it out and let us know what you think.