The gap between the health needs of rural and regional Victorians and the services they can access is growing wider. Rural health specialists Lisa Bourke and Julian Wright explain the stark realities for patients beyond the city limits.

Rural healthcare services are critically underfunded and the current focus on road infrastructure is putting thousands of lives in danger, Will Twycross writes.

The most significant result of the Victorian election from the Coalition’s perspective was evidenced in the two largest swings in the state – both against the National party. Sophie Mirabella says the party has been on the decline for years.