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Rural mums do it tougher, report finds

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May 09, 2016

A new report has found mothers in urban areas are better off than mothers in rural Australia.

The first State of Australia’s Mothers report, by Save the Children, looks at the nation’s best and worst places to be a mum using indicators such as health, education opportunities, earning potential and social advantage.

The research found Victoria to be the third best state or territory in Australia to be a mother, behind the ACT and Western Australia.

However, the Goulburn Valley was found to be a more challenging place to be a mother than other areas across the state.

The report ranked Greater Shepparton 67th out of the 79 Victoria Local Government Areas surveyed, with Strathbogie ranked 52nd, Moira 68th, Campaspe 69th and Benalla 73rd.

The report’s key findings included that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers faced greater challenges than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, while the lowest 10 Victorian rankings were all located in regional Victoria.

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