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About Us

Rural and Remote Health was initiated in 1998 by a grant to Deakin University from the Department of Human Services, Rural Health Division, Victoria, Australia. The initial vision was to serve rural and remote communities throughout the world by providing a community forum and specific health-related information. Since then, our one-person team of journal manager has grown to include:
  • an international editorial board
  • an editor-in-Chief
  • regional editors
  • regional editorial panels
  • a software developer
  • a production editor
  • a Journal executive committee
  • an international reviewer panel

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Paul Worley, Dean of the School of Medicine at Flinders University, based in Adelaide, Australia is the Editor-in-Chief of Rural and Remote Health. Paul is a rural doctor and, as Editor, shapes and guides the journal, oversees the review process and supports and advises authors, taking an active interest in the progress of each article in production.

European Regional Editor

Since 1995 Christos Lionis has worked at the University of Crete Medical School, where he is Professor and Director of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine. With a passion for the importance and the value of Family Medicine, Christos is actively involved in the development of Primary Care and General Practice in Greece. He currently co-ordinates a thriving GP research network on rural Crete, and is also responsible for the supervision of a number of PhD students in the fields of quality management and the formulation of guidelines for management of common disease and chronic conditions, factors contributing to cardiovascular disease, gastroenterology, mental health and morbidity in general practice. Prior to his employment at the University of Crete, Christos worked for 9 years as Manager and Medical Director of Spili Health Centre, obtaining experience as a clinician and researcher in the field of Primary Health Care and General Practice in a rural setting. For further information refer to the website of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine (

African Regional Editor

Ian Couper is Professor of Rural Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is also Principal Specialist (Rural Medicine), in the North West Province of South Africa. He is a trained family physicain. He spent ten years practising in a remote rural hospital in nothern KwaZuluNatal province.

Australasian Regional Editor

Amanda Barnard is Associate Dean, Rural Clinical School, Australian National University Medical School in Canberra, Australia. She works as a GP in Braidwood, a small rural town in south-east New South Wales. While her interests include rural medical education, interprofessional learning and health service delivery, she has a particular interest in the primary care management of respiratory illness.

North American Regional Editors

Bob Bowman began as a rural family physician and has facilitated health access workforce efforts in Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Arizona, USA. He continues studies of health access contributions of various primary care sources using the Standard Primary Care Year measuring tool, and has also developed workforce distribution coding using concentrations of clinicians. He is working with Dignity Health and continues his efforts at the World of Rural Medical Education, Basic Health Access, and Physician Workforce Studies web sites and blogs (search Basic Health Access or Rural Medical Education).

Judith Kulig is a Professor in the Nursing Program within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She has devoted her research program to understanding rural health issues specifically addressing unique groups who live in rural areas, nursing practice in rural and remote Canada and community resiliency in rural communities. Judith is past Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society for which she was one of the founding members.

Asian Regional Editor

Masatoshi Matsumoto is an associate professor of community medicine at
Hiroshima University, Japan. He is a general practitioner who worked for
some years in the least populated mountain village in rural Japan. He has
taught rural health at Jichi Medical University, the Japanese medical school
founded solely for producing rural doctors, for more than ten years. His
academic interests are rural health policy, rural medical education, medical
anthropology and rural community-based epidemiology.

Production Editor
Melbourne-based Jennifer Richmond has offered expert editorial assistance and advice to authors at each stage in the publication process since 2002. Jen works with some authors on English-language improvement and, after review, she copyedits accepted manuscripts to journal style and oversees the proofing process. Jen is responsible for editorial development and generates and maintains the formal information for authors and reviewers on the site. She manages copyright and permissions, and has other administrative roles which include liaison with Regional Editors and their Editorial Panels, and special project management. She works closely with the Journal Manager.

Journal Manager
Jenny Bigelow has been with the journal for over 10 years. She works from regional Geelong, Victoria, and deals with the day-to-day running of the journal. She manages the smooth flow of manuscripts through the publication process and coordinates development of the journal site. She has specific graphics skills which are essential to formatting and presenting tables and figures for online publication. Jenny is an expert advisor for reviewers and journal users. Post-production, Jenny is the efficient liaison for indexing services and other agencies, and manages site statistics as well as creating the article printable pdf version. She is the friendly response from the ejrh email address. Jenny works closely with the Production Editor.

Editorial Board

The members of the editorial board are as follows:
Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editors
Amanda Barnard (Australia)
Robert Bowman (USA)
Ian Couper (South Africa)
Judith Kulig (Canada)
Christos Lionis (Greece)
Masatoshi Matsumoto (Japan)
Leonardo Vieira Targa (South America)
Statistical Consultant
Adrian Esterman (Australia)
Systematic Reviews
Timothy Skinner (Australia)

European Editorial Panel

Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editor
Christos Lionis (Greece)
Associate Editors
Adelais Markaki (Greece)
Emmanouil Symvoulakis (Greece)
Rural Health Status
Michael Alkan (Israel)
Rural Health Policy
Jennifer Deaville (Wales)
James Douglas (Scotland)
John Gillies (UK)
Toralf Hasvold (Norway)
Jose Manuel Lopez-Abuin (Spain)
Andrew Murphy (Ireland)
Noelle O'Neill (Scotland)
Rural Health Education
Ioan Bocsan (Romania)
Angel M Centeno (Argentina)
Tomas Faresjo (Sweden)
Hans-Joachim hannich (germany)
Berta Nunes (Portugal)
Jean Ross (New Zealand)
Hakan Yaman (Turkey)
Rural Health Education and Practice
Lars Agreus (Sweden)
Rural Health Practice
Claudio Colosio (Italy)
Desley Hegney (Australia)
Iain Mungall (England)

African Editorial Panel

Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editor
Ian Couper (South Africa)
Rural Health Policy
Hellen Myezwa (South Africa)
Rural Health Education
Adamson Muula (Malawi)
Ntodeni Ndwamato (South Africa)
Rural Health Practice
Nzapfurundi Chabikuli (South Africa)
Elma de Vries (South Africa)
Victor Inem (Nigeria)

Asian Editorial Panel

Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editor
Masatoshi Matsumoto (Japan)
Associate Editor
Vinod Bhat (India)
Rural Health Policy
Yoshiharu Fukuda (Japan)
viroj wiwanitkit (thailand)
Rural Health Education
Kazuo Inoue (Japan)
Ryuichi Kawamoto (Japan)
Rural Health Education and Practice
P Ravi Shankar (Nepal)
Rural Health Practice
Jena Hamadani (Bangladesh)
Hee-Cheol Kang (South Korea)
Hematram Yadav (Malaysia)

Australasian Editorial Panel

Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editor
Amanda Barnard (Australia)
Associate Editors
Judith Hudson (Australia)
Shaouli Shahid (Australia)
Rural Health Status
Elaine Duffy (Australia)
Ann Larson (Australia)
Rural Health Policy
Elaine Ashworth (Australia)
Brian Kelly (Australia)
Prof Craig Veitch (Australia)
Rural Health Education
Wame Baravilala (Fiji)
Tony Smith (Australia)
Rural Health Practice
Alan Bruce Chater (Australia)
Steven Doherty (Australia)
John Fraser (Australia)
Sue Lenthall (Australia)
David Lyle (Australia)
Dennis Pashen (Australia)
Geoff Solarsh (Australia)
Indigenous Health
Mick Adams (Australia)

North American Editorial Panel

Paul Worley (Australia)
Regional Editors
Robert Bowman (USA)
Judith Kulig (Canada)
Rural Health Status
Julie Kosteniuk (Canada)
Rural Health Policy
Michael Halasy (USA)
Martha MacLeod (Canada)
Susan Wilger (USA)
Rural Health Education
Jamie Anderson (USA)
Rural Health Education and Practice
Taihung Duong (USA)
Jay Erickson (USA)
Kathleen Mathieson (USA)
Charlene Winters (USA)
Kelley Withy (USA)
Michael Woods (USA)
First Nations
Laura Arbour (Canada)
Carol Grant (USA)
Michael Hart (Canada)
Janie Smith (Australia)