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.

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

Resources

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.

Innovative Models of Care (IMOC) Program – Connected Communities Project

Amity Health will deliver the Albany Connected Communities Project under the Innovative Models of Care Program to provide a social prescribing model where health professionals refer patients with unmet social needs to a connect team. The team then refers patients on to existing support services.