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.



Heart Health

COVID-19 antivirals prevent severe illness and death

A statement from Australia's acting Chief Medical Officer, Professor Michael Kidd AM, on COVID-19 antiviral treatments.

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



Primary Health Networks (PHN) Strategy 2023-24

This strategy clarifies PHNs' purpose, objective and key functions. It outlines the crucial role PHNs play in
supporting health reform by driving local innovation to meet specific local health needs and supporting
consistent local delivery of national and co-commissioned programs.

Pre-Fellowship Program – Fact sheet

This fact sheet provides information on the Pre-Fellowship Program. This program allows doctors with placements in Distribution Priority Areas to access items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Pre-Fellowship Program (PFP) Guidelines

These guidelines provide information to potential participant doctors and practices and support Rural Workforce Agencies (RWAs) to administer the program.