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Table 1 Characteristics of a hypothetical rural community

From: An empirical approach to selecting community-based alcohol interventions: combining research evidence, rural community views and professional opinion

Demographics   Medical and other services  
Population 12,000 No. of general practitioners (full-time) 14
Females: Males 1:1 No of GP practices 3
Proportion young persons (15-24 yrs) 13% No. of drug and alcohol workers (full-time) 1
Proportion Indigenous Australians 5% No. of hospitals (with 24 hr Emergency Department) 1
Distance to nearest large centre (more than 20,000 population) 170 km No. of community pharmacies 2
Distance to nearest urban centre (more than 100,000 population) 400 km Total no. of full time police & (no. of full time police on Highway Patrol) 14 (3)
Average annual wage/salary (Before tax) $30,000 No. of high schools 3
Unemployment rate 8% No. of licensed premises 10
Crime and Health Statistics Community average State average
Assaults per 100,000 population 1100 1050
Sexual assaults per 100,000 population 90 60
Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs per 100,000 population 27 15.5
Proportion of population who attended an emergency department in last 12 months 20% 13.5%
Proportion of population who have had a heavy drinking day in the last 12 months 40% 35%
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