Rural Resources for Health Professionals and Consumers

Australian Doctors International

Australian Doctors International (ADI)

Looking for a change in your life that can make a difference in the lives of others? Volunteer to work in Papua New Guinea. Australian Doctors International (ADI) needs volunteer doctors with an interest in tropical medicine, women’s health, paediatrics and sexual health. You should be motivated to practice in a place where a doctor’s life is not only a challenge, it’s an adventure.

ADI website

Australian Medicines Handbook

Australian Medicines Handbook

Australian Medicines Handbook (AMH) is an essential reference for medical practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and nurse practitioners, dentists, students, hospitals, aged care facilities and any health practitioner with an interest in the quality use of medicines. We publish in book (hard copy), PC/Mac and handheld/mobile formats and also produce two Drug Choice Companions for, Aged Care and Emergency Care.

AMH provides concise, practical, reliable, comparative drug information to promote the quality use of medicines in Australia. Our content is extensively researched and peer reviewed.

AMH is independent of both Government and the pharmaceutical industry. Our editorial staff are all qualified pharmacists or medical practitioners. Our Editorial Advisory Board and reviewers include many of Australia's most eminent authorities in medicines-related fields.

For more information, to view our complete product range or to purchase visit

Andrology Australia

Andrology Australia Free Online Male Reproductive Health Education for GPs and other health professionals

Andrology Australia's eLearning portal provides free onlinemale reproductive health education for GPs (RACGP and ACRRM accredited), also available to other health professionals as self-directed learning.Topics include: androgen deficiency, male infertility, testicular cancer, premature ejaculation and prostatitis, videos on various male healthtopics and a series ‘A lot of Aboriginal men sort of keep it to themselves: communicating specific men's business’.

For more information and to see our full range of free online education, please go to

Andrology Australia also provides free male reproductive health clinical summary guides and patient assessment tools for GPs and other health professionals:

To be up-to-date with the latest information in male reproductive health, please sign up for the monthly email for health professionals “Male Briefs” here:

Andrology Australia is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by Monash

Angel Flight

Angel Flight

Angel Flight is a charity that coordinates non-emergency flights to help country people trying to deal with the triple trouble of bad health, poor finances and daunting distance. All flights are free and may involve patients travelling to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.

Visit the Angel Flight website


Brief Guide to Nursing in Rural and Remote Settings

The National Rural Health Alliance has produced a 'Brief Guide to Nursing in Rural and Remote Settings' to help both the employers of nurses and nurses themselves with the key incentives for nursing in non-metropolitan areas.

Hardcopies of the guide are also available from the Alliance.

Various written materials (submissions, policy papers etc) relating to the Alliance’s work on nursing can be found in Policy and Advocacy section of this website.


Charles Sturt University (CSU) submitted a detailed proposal to the Federal Government to gain support for the establishment of an Integrated Health and Medical Education Precinct in Orange, and a Medical and Health Services Precinct in Bathurst. The proposal aims to provide medical and health training for students and boost the number of health professionals for regional Australia and redress the shortage of doctors in the bush.


DoctorConnect has been produced by the Department of Health and Ageing to provide a starting point for both overseas trained doctors (OTDs) who may be considering work in Australia and for employers seeking to recruit them.

For more information, visit

e-hub online mental health programs

The e-hub research and development group is based at the Australian National University and provides free and anonymous online mental health services that are rigorously researched and based on the best available scientific evidence.

Jean Hailes For Women's HEalth

Jean Hailes

Jean Hailes is a provider of choice of high quality, evidence-based, specialist women's health learning opportunities for health professionals. Education is provided via a range of channels including online and face-to-face activities. Jean Hailes also provides practice support information and health professional tools to guide diagnosis and management of various conditions as well as patient information sheets and booklets.

National Relay Service

National Relay Service

The NRS an Australia-wide telephone access service provided for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. It is also available to anyone who wants to call a person with such an impairment.

You can make calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

National Relay Service Homepage

NSW Rural Doctors Network

NSW Rural Doctors Network

The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) provides support for a continuing and high quality rural medical workforce in New South Wales (NSW).


Pain is the most common reason people seek medical help. The incidence of chronic pain is higher in rural and remote areas due to the physically demanding nature of work and the lack of effective, timely care for acute pain. Painaustralia has put togther a collection of key education and training resources on pain management for health professional's and those living with chronic pain. Click on the link to access these resources.

Pain Management Resources


Patient Assisted Travel Schemes

Patient assisted travel schemes (PATS) are an important element of providing equitable access to essential health services for people in rural and remote Australia.

PATS provide patients (and eligible escorts) in rural and remote Australia with financial assistance towards the costs involved in travelling to, and staying near, specialist medical services while the patients are undergoing treatment.

For information about PATS and their provision in your State or Territory, see the following links:

Rural and Regional Health Australia

Rural and Regional Health Australia is a central entry point for information about Commonwealth health programs for rural, regional and remote Australia. Visit for information about:

  • programs and initiatives aimed at maintaining and improving health services across rural and remote Australia;
  • financial incentives to support doctors to relocate to and practice in regional, rural and remote Australia;
  • funding programs and initiatives to support upgrades to rural health infrastructure, and expansions and improvements to rural and regional hospitals; and
  • education, training, continuing professional development, and support programs targeted at University Departments of Rural Health, medical students, trainee specialists, practising rural doctors, and doctors who have trained outside Australia.

The 'Map Locator' tool shows Districts of Workforce Shortage (DWS), Remoteness Area (RA) classifications, Visiting Optometrist Scheme (VOS) locations, and health services in specific locations by State and Territory and there are links to DoctorConnect.


Rural Scholarships

There are many scholarships available to assist health professionals who want to work in rural or remote Australia. Below is a list of links to some of these scholarships.

Scholarships databases