Rural, remote and regional differences in women’s health: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

This research paper explores the impact of rural health disadvantage on Australian women living in regional and remote communities. Analysing detailed data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women‘s Health (ALSWH), the paper shows clear examples where government policies have been effective in reducing health inequities, as well as highlighting situations in which changes in policies and practices could lead to further improvements.

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