Understanding drivers of rural and remote health outcomes: A conceptual framework in action
Article first published online: 26 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health © National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 20, Issue 6, pages 318–323, December 2012
How to Cite
Bourke, L., Humphreys, J. S., Wakerman, J. and Taylor, J. (2012), Understanding drivers of rural and remote health outcomes: A conceptual framework in action. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 20: 318–323. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2012.01312.x
- Issue published online: 26 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 26 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 SEP 2012
- case study;
- conceptual framework;
- rural health
To demonstrate the usefulness of a conceptual framework to increase the understanding of rural and remote health by applying it to specific rural and remote health scenarios.
A conceptual framework was applied to two case studies illustrative of key issues in rural health to reflect different contexts, issues and responses.
Application of the framework to both case studies highlighted that changes in rural and remote health are diverse. While power was a key element of the framework, the interaction of all framework components underpinned changes.
The framework facilitated understanding of change in these rural scenarios and demonstrated that improvement in rural health requires change at both the local and structural levels.