Views & Reviews Out of the box

Trouble down under

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 16 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:350
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care
  1. University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    Greetings from Australia's Northern Territory, where I have been learning the meaning of the word “remote.” Yesterday we drove for three hours before meeting another vehicle. Every 200 km or so we encountered a road sign or a shrivelled lake with a solitary pelican. Otherwise there is just bush—and the red, red earth.

    The trip began with a lecture tour. At an interdisciplinary meeting on management of chronic disease in rural and remote communities, one questioner …

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