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ERIC Number: ED441642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Pages: 10
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Rurality: An Australian Quantification Model Applied in a Canadian Context.
Montgomery, Jim
Developed in Australia, the Griffith Service Access Frame (GSAF) is a model that uses the distance, size, and economic resources of a community to calculate a statistically valid score measuring a community's relative access to services. This score is then translated into Zones of Relative Access to those services. Quantifying access to services is an objective way to compare the rurality of communities. This model was used in a study of 342 communities in British Columbia (Canada) that examined community acceptance of professionals such as teachers, nurses, and social workers. The objectivity provided by the GSAF model helped to determine that community acceptance took longer in more rural communities. Given differences in data from Statistics Canada and the Australian Census Bureau, the GSAF model is more appropriate for Australia than Canada, but the basic idea of measuring access to services is a premise that holds much potential for policymakers in Canada whenever it is necessary to compare communities. (TD)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada