RFDS Research into the health needs of Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) Australia

“Health care access, mental health, and preventative health priority survey findings for people in the bush”

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) with the assistance of the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and CWAA commissioned research into the health needs of Rural, Regional and Remote (RRR) Australia which was launched in August 2017 on the ABC and in other press. 

The RFDS survey of country health consumer priorities was release 100 years to the day since the first patient was treated by a pioneering doctor in Western Australia, leading to the founding of the RFDS.

The survey of 450 country people drawn from every state and territory saw one-third of responses (32.5%) name doctor and medical specialist access as their key priority.  Addressing mental health (12.2%) and drug and alcohol problems (4.1%) were second and third priorities.

The main health areas where money should be spent include:

• 32.2% on Specialists, GP’s Hospitals, diagnostic Tests & Allied Health services

• 14.6% Mental Health

• 8.6% Health Promotion and Education.

1 in 7 patients wait 2 days to see a doctor in remote and rural areas.

Follow the link for the full report.

Research paper: https://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/assets/files/RN032_Healths_Needs_Survey_Result-no_crop_marks_P3.pdf

ABC Interview: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2016/s4711130.htm