The Great Divide: Mental health in remote Australia


By Fraser Douglas

Rural and remote communities across Australia, like Moulamein, have felt the pinch of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A 2019 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that among several key indicators, including preventable hospitalisation and life expectancy, health was generally poorer by remoteness.

While infrastructure and funding is often lacking in rural and remote communities, the consensus among practitioners, researchers and advocates is that forward thinking and planning will be what bridges the gap that currently exists between urban and non-urban Australia.