Get the facts on the rural health workforce

  • Fact sheet
  • Dentist personal story
  • Pysiotherapist personal story
  • Nurse personal story
  • Midwife personal story

New Fact Sheets from the National Rural Health Alliance provide the latest information on the number of health professionals working in rural, regional and remote areas per capita, compared to major cities.

The Fact Sheets demonstrate that the significant maldistribution of Australia’s health workforce is persisting. There are gaps in all professions, but particularly for optometrists, podiatrists and chiropractors.

To date Fact Sheets on the allied health, dental, nursing and midwifery workforces in rural, regional and remote Australia have been published.

Bringing the facts and figures to life is a series of personal stories contributed by people working in these professions in rural, regional and remote areas. These personal accounts highlight the professional achievements that are gained and the benefits of experiencing the community spirit of the bush.

"The deep appreciation of my client’s when I help them meet the simplest everyday needs is most rewarding. I feel privileged to work in this setting". Bernadette, occupational therapist, rural QLD

"Working rurally has offered me so many wonderful opportunities. I have been encouraged and supported to use the full extent of my scope of practice…". Angela, dental therapist, rural NSW

"… remote midwives [need] to not only be highly knowledgeable and skilled within their own scope of practice, but to also understand the burden of disease and context of women’s lives". Lyn, remote midwife, NT

"… working collaboratively with clients, families and the community, to prevent and manage preventable and chronic conditions, is imperative and is one of the primary reasons that I love working in remote communities". Andrew, director of nursing/nurse practitioner, Camooweal QLD


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