Service availability

Domain: 
Healthy, safe and inclusive communities
Sub-Domain: 
Service Availability
Measure: 
Percentage of survey households with a member who finds it difficult to access medical services, and reason for lack of access
Rationale: 
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“Access to services is a measure of community connectivity in terms of transport infrastructure, physical distance and urban planning. It is believed that when community members have access to the services they need, when they need them, they are more likely to have feelings of civic engagement and wellbeing. Not having access to such services can place vulnerable groups at greater disadvantage and signal pockets of social isolation “(CIV, 2006).

Data Source: 
Resilience Profiles Survey 2011
References: 
Community Indicators Victoria (CIV) (2007) Metadata, Retrieved from http://www.communityindicators.net.au/indicator_metadata
Survey Questions: 
7. Do you or anyone in your household, find it difficult to access medical services (including GP's, specialists, hospital, dental) for any of these reasons? (tick all that apply); transport/distance; cost of service; disability restricts access to service; no service in your area; overstretched services; inadequate services in your area; no problems accessing medical services; other (please specify)


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