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Poverty a recipe for ill health in the bush  
Simon Santow |  ABC News AM  |  14 Oct 2013 

TIM PALMER: Many Australians would consider a life in the bush to be healthier than one in the city, but it seems that's far from the case if you do get sick.

The National Rural Health Alliance and the welfare lobby ACOSS are pushing for the Federal Government to do more about poverty in the bush.

And they argue it's time regional and rural Australians had better access to healthcare, food and recreation.

Simon Santow reports.

SIMON SANTOW: Big blue skies, little pollution and no traffic jams. It might be a recipe for less stress - even happiness - but try getting help when you get sick...full story




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An "Australian First" Initiative of the Mental Illness Fellowship of NQ Inc.  The service is supported by a partnership with Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and Anglicare North Queensland.
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Caring for a loved one with a mental health problem? Not sure where to go? Who to turn to? What to do?

The Cairns Mental Health Carers Support Hub can guide you to the help you need within your local community. The support you need in a way that suits you, from people who understand.  It offers assistance to carers, families and friends of someone living with a mental illness, in accessing the services they require, in a supportive, family  friendly manner.  This Hub will work collaboratively with Cairns Regional Community-based Organisations and the Cairns & Hinterland Mental Health & ATOD Service. 

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