When it comes to mental health in the bush, we're winging it

OPINION


If children in one city attended school at half the rate of children in another, there would be a scandal.

If older people in one city accessed aged care at one-third the rate of people in another, there’d be outrage.

If people in one city utilised Centrelink benefits at one-fifth the rate of people in another, an inquiry would be established. A government response demanded. 

These illustrations are fictions. Partially. 

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) 2016 edition of Australia’s Health says Medicare

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