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Regional Australia’s wellbeing put to the test

The results for the Regional Wellbeing Survey are in and telecommunications and job opportunities were perceived to be the biggest issues affecting the wellbeing of Australian communities.

The University of Canberra surveyed almost 11,000 people throughout 2017 from regional and rural communities across Australia.

Professors and students asked questions ranging from how their community is changing, their health, and their wellbeing to support research that improves the wellbeing and quality of life of people living in rural and regional Australia.

The 2017 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open!What do you like about your community – and what don’t you like? Take…

Posted by Regional Wellbeing Survey, University of Canberra on Monday, 20 November 2017

Mobile phone reception, or the lack of,  in regional and rural Australia has been a long lasting problem and continues to be with more than 52 per cent of farmers classified their mobile phone reception and and access to telecommunication services as “poor”, with Queenslanders being the worst state for mobile reception (60 per cent).

The majority of the participants said they would recommend their community to others as a good  and friendly place to live.

However, the surveyed participants said poor availability of jobs and lack of opportunities is a ‘very big problem’ for their local communities.

Have your say & enter a draw with a chance to win 1 of 18 prizes worth a total $7,000!Go to www.regionalwellbeing.org.au…

Posted by Regional Wellbeing Survey, University of Canberra on Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Regional and rural Australians feel that they have great access to retail shopping (66 per cent) but their options to get to these shops are limited.

More than a quarter (26 per cent) of Aussies stating that their access to roads and public transport could be better.

On a positive note, Australians feel that they are in reasonably good physical and mental health – only 3.7 per cent of surveyed participants saying that they were feeling depressed at the time- and most feel they have adequate access to health and education services (63 per cent).

The 2018 Regional Wellbeing Survey is now open!

This year’s focus is on drought, your experience with drought and how it has affected you, your household, or your local community.

All survey participants aged 18 or over can enter the draw with a chance to win one of 18 prizes to the total value of $7,000.

You can choose to do a short or regular version of the survey. The survey is voluntary, confidential and anonymous, and closes 14 December 2018, at midnight. 

Click here for more information.

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