"Rural health is subjective, everyone sees it differently": understandings of rural health among Australian stakeholders

Health Place. 2013 Nov;24:65-72. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.08.005. Epub 2013 Aug 26.


In Australia, a diversity of perspectives of rural health have produced a deficit discourse as well as multidisciplinary perspectives that acknowledge diversity and blend in social, cultural and public health concepts. Interviews with 48 stakeholders challenged categories of rural and remote, and discussed these concepts in different ways, but invariably marginalised Aboriginal voices. Respondents overwhelmingly used a deficit discourse to plead for more resources but also blended diverse knowledge and at times reflected a relational understanding of rurality. However, mainstream perspectives dominated Aboriginal voices and racial exclusion remains a serious challenge for rural/remote health in Australia.

Keywords: Deficit discourse; Marginalised Aboriginal voices; Relational rural; Remote health; Rural health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Australia
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Qualitative Research
  • Rural Health*
  • Social Marginalization
  • Surveys and Questionnaires