Given the trend of rural hospital closures and concerns about access to health care services most rural health care activity focuses on the here and now in this blog ahas erika rogan and joy lewis examine the unique challenges facing rural communities and opportunities for the field to improve by creating both short and longer term solutions. Aust j rural health 2017 feb25172 doi 101111 ajr12353 five key issues in rural health brooke f1 author information 1national rural health alliance pmid 28234416 indexed for medline mesh terms australia humans oceanic ancestry group patient advocacy rural health rural health services organization administration rural population workforce . Another concern with rural healthcare is that in some rural areas certain diseases are more prevalent part of this stems from reduced access to care for example some rural areas have higher rates of diabetes mental health disorders alcoholism or drug use care in these areas must be sufficient to meet the communitys needs. The centre for rural and remote area health crrah held interactive research workshops in eight towns in southern queensland the purpose of the workshops was to determine what health providers considered were major issues affecting their service and for these results to inform future research strategy of crrah over 150 organisations identified as either providing health services or having a
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