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

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly’s interview on ABC News Breakfast on 7 December 2023

Read the transcript of Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly’s interview with Lisa Millar on ABC News Breakfast about COVID-19.

Your Aged Care Update issue #47 – 5 December 2023

Your Aged Care Update #47: COVID-19 Aged Care Support Program extension grant finalisation, Free translating and interpreting services, AN-ACC price increased, Support at Home to be rolled out in two stages and more.

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