Rurality: An Australian model applied in a Canadian context

Year: 1998

Author: Montgomery, Jim

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In looking at funding inequities and anomalies resulting from different definitions of rurality, Australian researcher, Dr. Dennis Griffith, developed a model to quantify the access disadvantage of rural and remote populations to educational and other services. This model, the Griffith Service Access Frame, uses distance, size, and economic resources of a community to calculate a statistically valid score measuring a commuities relative access to defined services. This score is then translated into Zones of Relative Access to those services. An explanation of the Griffith model, experiences with the application of an adaptation of it, and the creation of Zones of Access in British Columbia, Canada, will be the focus of this presentation.