Health care delivery is often described as a “sustainable” profession but that description has become increasingly contentious.

The report from Steward Health Care and the Australian National University’s Australian Health Policy Research Institute suggests that if the country continues to deliver services as it has done in the past, it may not be sustainable for long.

Key points: The report finds that, on average, health care delivery in Australia is lower than other developed nations but that “a higher proportion of health care is delivered in rural and regional areas” than in cities, and the number of people in care is higher in remote areas than in the rest of the country.

The study says health care providers and the public should be concerned about the health and safety of Australians in the future.