Regional and remote populations

Overview

  • Regional and remote populations differ from urban populations in having less access to medical care. Potential barriers include regional and remote health professionals knowing patients in a social context, or being locums and having little opportunity to build a relationship with patients.
  • Gaylesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) communities may be less visible in rural and remote areas and people may be reluctant to identify as GLBTI.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent a higher proportion of the population in many remote areas.
  • Clinicians in regional and remote areas should have a low threshold for offering sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing opportunistically.