Celebrating GPs working in rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Every community across Australia deserves access to highly trained GPs who understand the unique needs and circumstances of rural and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
The RACGP has more than 41,000 members, with almost 10,000 living and working in rural and remote communities.
In this context, ‘rural’ covers all areas outside Australia’s major cities, inclusive of inner and outer regional areas and rural and remote communities and isolated regions. The focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health reflects the RACGP’s commitment to this specialised area of healthcare and recognises the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in all locations across Australia.
Through stories, profiles and pictures, we explore the challenges and opportunities in delivering health services in these unique settings. The diverse stories provide a good mix of the types of experiences in rural and remote practice, and demonstrates that going rural and practicing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health could be the best decision you ever make.
A common thread throughout is the strong connection and important role GPs hold in their community. It is that commitment and community connectedness that comes through in each story, together with the respect and appreciation of ancient cultures and knowledge and unique facets of rural life.
You can read more about the project and its purpose in newsGP.