Lack of health professionals in rural areas: report

Regional and rural areas struggle to access mental health services. Image by Wikimedia Commons

The National Rural Health Alliance analysed data government about the health professionals in Australia, and found out a lack of available health professionals in regional and rural areas. For instance, there are only 2 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people. A Senate enquiry closed last week will assess how to equally access mental health services in rural Australia.

Two of the main issues, according to the Alliance, is that there are no training centres in rural areas for health professionals, and the imbalance of funding in these areas.

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