Rural Health Workforce Australia is the peak body for the state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies. Our not-for-profit Network attracts, recruits and supports health professionals for rural and remote communities.

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Rural Workforce Agencies

Rural Health Workforce Australia supports a Network of seven government-funded Rural Workforce Agencies (RWAs)

The agencies attract, recruit and support health professionals needed in rural and remote communities.

In fact, each year they support more than 6,000 rural health professionals and 1,800 rural practices.

This is critical because workforce underpins so much in rural and remote health, including prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

Access to health services is also a key factor in the sustainability of small towns and communities.

Each Australian State and the Northern Territory is served by a RWA. They offer a range of services, including:

  • Recruitment for rural practices
  • Orientation programs for new recruits
  • Personal and family support
  • Professional skills development
  • GP locum relief programs
  • Access to relocation and retention incentives for health professionals
  • Support for Overseas Trained Doctors (including assistance with professional registration, immigration and securing Medicare provider numbers)
  • Workforce planning and advice
  • Practice management support
  • Listings of career vacancies and locum opportunities

Rural Workforce Agency sites 

NSW Rural Doctors Network
Rural Workforce Agency Victoria
Health Workforce Queensland

Rural Health West
Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (SA)
HR Plus
Northern Territory PHN