Addressing rural disadvantage
RACGP Rural is committed to addressing rural disadvantage focusing our efforts toward strategies which lead to more equitable access to healthcare.
The capacity of the health system to respond to current and emerging pressures in rural and remote Australia is a central focus for RACGP Rural. Central to addressing rural disadvantage is the capacity of, and equitable access to, general practice and its role in bringing lasting change in rural communities.
The faculty is working hard in all its advocacy efforts to ensure that future Government reforms and programs are responsive to the unique challenges faced by GPs in supporting rural and remote communities. We aim to provide strong policy leadership in the areas that matter most to our members, ensuring a strong rural voice to secure a sustainable rural health system for the future.
RACGP Rural's strength lies in its membership and it is through close consultation with the profession that we are uniquely placed to provide valuable input to future health initiatives. To overcome long-standing rural disparities, rural health reform must lead to increased support for general practitioners and their communities and work to address current barriers to recruitment and retention. Consolidated strategies that seek to address the entire range of essential requirements specific to rural and remote communities are required. A more responsive and better coordinated health system in the future will need to foster rural innovation, improve access to high quality health care, provide for better coordination and reduce duplication and gaps.
About RACGP Rural
RACGP Rural was formed in 1992 when the RACGP recognised the need for a rural voice.
Rural issues and concerns are represented on RACGP Council, faculty boards and committees.
With over 19,000 members, approximately 8,500 of whom are registered general practitioners in rural and remote Australia, RACGP Rural supports and advocates for GPs working in our rural and remote communities.
Rural and remote communities across Australia have equitable access to high quality primary care.
RACGP Rural supports and advocates for general practitioners working in rural and remote Australia. RACGP Rural is committed to addressing rural disadvantage focusing our efforts toward strategies which lead to more equitable access to healthcare.
Integral to this key aim is the capacity of general practice and we strive to ensure our members are well placed and have access to appropriate training and professional development to bring about lasting change in rural communities through addressing health need.
Ensure a sustainable, well-supported rural general practice workforce to competently and confidently address the needs of rural and remote communities.
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