Emerging evidence suggests that older women living in Australia’s rural areas have better mental health than their sisters in the cities. The findings come from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) and will be examined in a colloquium on Resilient Rural Women at the 12th National Rural Health Conference to be held in April this year. The longitudinal study provides information from three birth cohorts of women – those born 1973-1978, 1946-1951 and 1921-1926 – and the focus of the colloquium will be urban-rural differences in women’s mental health and wellbeing.
Sue Conrad’s paper on Neighbourhood cohesion among middle-aged women is a good news story for rural women who report better neighbourhood safety and connection, and better neighbourhood attachment and trust than women living in cities. Click here to read the media release and for details of the conference.