Rural Women and Health
Clearinghouse Connector – September 2015
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Women living in rural and regional Victoria experience poorer health outcomes than those living in major cities. This can be due to limited access to services and risk factors including obesity and social isolation.
Family violence is a significant problem in regional Victoria. Women in regional and rural locations encounter additional barriers to escaping men’s violence, including; geographic and social isolation, limited private finances, challenges with maintaining anonymity and privacy, limited crisis accommodation and transport, and less access to support and health services than is available in metropolitan areas.
Adolescent rural women have a higher incidence of depression compared to women in urban areas which can be attributed to mental health risk factors such as isolation, hardship, and lack of mental health services. Rural women also face barriers to accessing reproductive health services including limited choice in health care providers, transport and distance to services, and lack of privacy.
This Connector features a selection of recent academic research, articles, policy documents and reports from regional women’s health organisations.
Women’s health in rural Australia [Fact sheet] National Rural Health Alliance Inc, 2012
Rural, remote and regional differences in women’s health : findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health Women’s Health Australia, 2011
Violence against women
Will somebody listen to me? : insight, actions and hope for women experiencing family violence in regional Victoria Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, 2015
Landscapes of violence : women surviving family violence in regional and rural Victoria Deakin University. Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice, 2014
Violence against rural older women: Promoting community awareness and action Australasian Journal of Ageing, 2013
Social Connectedness and Women Networking in the Loddon Mallee: A review Women’s Health Loddon Mallee, 2012
Depression, anxiety and suicide in rural areas is not confined to males [Audio] ABC Radio National. Bush Telegraph, 2014
Depression in rural adolescents: relationships with gender and availability of mental health services Rural and Remote Health, 2012
Sexual and reproductive health
Victorian rural women’s access to family planning services : survey report Rural Services of the Women’s Health Association of Victoria, 2012
Young people and sexual health in rural and regional Victoria Youth Affairs Council Victoria, 2013
Abortion, contraception still a problem for women in regional Victoria ABC Ballarat, 2013
Cancer health inequality persists in regional and remote Australia Medical Journal of Australia, 2014
Exposed : a literature review of the issues of women’s cancers in Australian indigenous communities Women’s Health Goulburn North East, 2010
GLBTI inclusive practice : working with rural communities Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, 2012
Gender and climate change in rural Australia : a review of differences Critical Social Work, 2013
National strategic framework for rural and remote health Australia. Australian Health Ministers Conference, 2012
Breast Cancer Network Australia Support in rural areas
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