Challenges of living with chronic illness in remote areas of Australia

Chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer present a high burden of disease and require periodic interventions for people afflicted to have a better quality of life. In remote areas of Australia, various factors present a barrier for access to the needed care to those affected. Among these factors are lower social economic statuses compared to regional and city areas, poorer access to health infrastructure that can help for early detection and treatment of the diseases as compared to regions and cities, and lack of enough culturally competent health professionals who can help to encourage healthy behaviors through health promotion. The effects of these factors on the ability of residents of remote areas to access relevant care when suffering from chronic illnesses is considered briefly below.

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