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Commentary - Invited commentaries on the National Australian 2009 Rural Health Conference Themes

Rural health in a time of cataclysm

Submitted: 21 March 2009
Revised: 22 April 2009
Published: 11 May 2009

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Author(s) : Larson A, Jones P.

Ann LarsonPeter Jones

Citation: Larson A, Jones P.  Rural health in a time of cataclysm. Rural and Remote Health 9: 1200. (Online) 2009. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au

ABSTRACT

How can the academic discipline of rural health position itself to be relevant in a global environment dominated by financial crisis and climate change? This commentary by Rural and Remote Health Australasian regional editors looks beyond the present time of gloom to opportunities for this young academic discipline to flourish and increase in impact. Steps towards solutions for each of these major global challenges may well be made in the coming years by rural health research conducted in regional and remote Australia.

Key words:  climate change, financial crisis, global events, rural communities.

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