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

Protecting Older Australians – COVID-19 update – 25 November 2022

Read the latest update to the aged care sector and register for the upcoming COVID-19 webinar.

Did you know?

7 million

Australians live in remote and regional areas


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


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

Latest resources

Latest resources

Rural Procedural Grants Program guidelines

These guidelines outline how the Rural Procedural Grants Program works, who is eligible, and roles and responsibilities. The online claiming addendum is also available.

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.

DPA classifications for GPs 2022

A full list of catchment classifications for Distribution Priority Areas (DPA).

Annual report – National Rural Health Commissioner 2021–22

This annual report covers the commissioner’s activities from 1 July 2021 to 31 June 2022.