Rural health workforce

Around 1 in 4 Australians lives in a rural or regional area. We develop policies and run programs to encourage health professionals to train and practise in rural and remote areas.

About the rural health workforce

Find out about the status of the rural health workforce in Australia.

What we do

How we support the rural health workforce with policies and programs.

Stronger Rural Health Strategy

Read about our 10-year strategy to improve the health of people in rural Australia.

Rural health workforce programs

See a list of our programs to help health professionals in remote and rural locations.

Latest news

Latest news

Medical receptionist sentenced to jail for more than $253k of Medicare fraud

A medical receptionist from south-eastern Queensland has been convicted after fraudulently claiming more than $253,000 in Medicare payments.

Did you know?

7 million

Australians live in remote and regional areas

3,000

extra doctors and nurses will be working in rural areas by 2028

240

is the number of rotations into rural primary care settings that we fund for junior doctors each year

Latest resources

Latest resources

Previous exceptional circumstances reviews and outcomes

The Distribution Working Group (DWG) reviews requests to change an area’s classification. The status recommendation and final decisions are provided to the Minister. All previous outcomes and reviews are published in this document.

Increasing dental and oral health training in rural and remote Australia – Feasibility study final report

This report outlines the feasibility and best approach to increasing dental and oral health training through the Rural Heath Multidisciplinary Training Program in rural and remote locations.

Increasing dental and oral health training in rural and remote Australia – Feasibility study technical paper

This report outlines the feasibility and best approach to increasing dental and oral health training through the Rural Heath Multidisciplinary Training Program in rural and remote locations. This technical paper outlines the associated costs.

Health Workforce Locator

Use our workforce locator map to check the geographical classification of any location in Australia. The map can tell you if a location is classified as city, rural or remote. It identifies areas that need more doctors.