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Sources of double disadvantage for people with disabilities living in remote and rural areas of New South Wales, Australia

Disability & Society

Author: Gething, L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997


This study demonstrates how people with disabilities living in remote and rural areas experience double disadvantage in regard to receipt of services. They tend to experience similar disadvantages to other remote and rural dwellers (as compared with their urban counterparts), but these disadvantages are compounded by those associated with living in an environment which does not cater for the need of people with disabilities. Findings display how geographical, physical, cultural, social and psychological factors within the external environment create disadvantages for the individual. The project involved data collection from people with disabilities, disability groups, service providers, families and carers through consultations and field trips. Major issue emerging from consultations were concerned with: transport and distance, isolation, the need for more consumer involvement, the nature of service provision (appropriateness, flexibility, co-ordination and location), the need for community and professional disability awareness education, protection of rights, carers and respite care, accommodation and housing, education, employment, information dissemination and access to specialised equipment. Comparison with overseas studies indicates that findings from this Australian study have applicability in other countries which have large remote and rural areas.

Further Details

Full Title: Disability & Society
Pages: 513-31
Volume: 12
Issue: 4
Accession Number: November, 2010
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/07/2013
Keywords: New South WalesmobilityremoteruralService deliverygeographical disadvantageisolation
Reads: 290