The Department of Health in Australia

Major urban centres within inner and outer regional areas are considered to be within the context of this Framework. These centres have a key role in providing a hub for health care for rural and remote communities, including preventative healthcare, specialist outreach and emergency retrieval services, infrastructure and training centres. It is widely accepted that remote and very remote communities experience particular issues and challenges associated with their geographic isolation and so the Framework acknowledges the need to differentiate between remote and rural (or regional) Australia.