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WISALTS column

(1985) WISALTS column. Elders Weekly, 24 January 1985. p. 7 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Popular opinion that it was always healthier to live in the country has been shattered by two recent reports which found many facts to support the opposite view. The first, a survey of three large country regions of New South Wales during 1979-1982 by the Order of St John was only made public late last year. The report explodes many of the widely believed theories. When compared with the Australian Health Survey of 1977-1978, the St John's report concluded that rural health is worse in almost every area and age group than in the cities. The last finding was echoed in the results of a year-long study of stresses facing farmers in the West Australian wheatbelt by honours psychology student at Murdoch University, Thea White. "With their debt and stress levels, they shouldn't be surviving". She is concerned about the future of agriculture over the next 10 to 15 years, pointing out that although farmers make up only 1.2 percent of the country's population, they produce 45 percent of our total export income.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1985 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/59611
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