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 Health Professionals Programme

Rural and remote Australia needs more nurses and allied health professionals to help improve the wellbeing of country people.

If you have the skills and want to make a difference, we can help you not only make the move but support you along the way.

Nursing and allied health professionals can access support through the Rural Health Professionals Programme (RHPP).

RHPP has been designed to attract, recruit and retain nursing and allied health professionals from Australia and approved overseas locations.

Successful candidates are provided with retention support to help them stay practising in rural and remote communities for up to two years.

RHPP is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health, administered by Rural Health Workforce Australia and delivered via the network of state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies.

The agencies work with employers to identify eligible vacancies and provide case-managed recruitment services to eligible candidates.

For further information, contact one of the state or territory Rural Workforce Agencies 

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Type of support

The recruitment and settlement support offered includes:

  • Orientation into workplace and the community
  • Rental assistance and/or housing assistance for up to 3 months following relocation
  • Removal and relocation costs
  • Visa and migration costs
  • Professional development costs
  • Financial support for accreditation and registration process
  • Fuel costs for outreach services

Eligible professions

The priority professions for RHPP are:

  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work
  • Psychology and other mental health professions
  • Speech Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Podiatry

Eligibility is also extended to the following professions:
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Diabetes Education
  • Dietetics, Nutrition
  • Medical Imaging (Radiography, Sonography)
  • Pharmacy
  • Audiology
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

Future Workforce

Nursing and allied health students can find out more about rural health careers through the Go Rural campaign or by contacting their nearest Rural Workforce Agency.

Go Rural includes a series of rural experience events in each State and the Northern Territory.

Nursing and allied health students can also join the 9,000-strong National Rural Health Student Network. Benefits include sponsorship to attend national conferences, rural experience activities and opportunities for Indigenous community engagement.