Rural Doctors Foundation
Helping our rural communities with improved access to life-saving medical care.
Caring for, committed and connected to rural and remote communities
Everyone deserves a healthy life, no matter where they live
There is something special about living in rural and remote communities. The wide-open spaces and red dirt. Or acres of lush green forest. Millions of stars dotting the sky at night will take your breath away. But it’s more than just the landscape. The people are pretty special too.
We look out for each other. We’re tenacious, resilient, resourceful and most of all, connected.
You see, it’s not always easy living outside our cities and major towns. On average, Australians living in rural and remote areas have shorter lives, higher levels of disease and injury and poorer access to health services. Many drive hundreds of kilometres to see their doctor. When it comes to health, rural people rely on each other, and local health services to be there in times of need.
Connected to and working with rural and remote communities
Rural Doctors Foundation was established by a group of country doctors who saw first-hand the issues rural and remote communities face in accessing quality healthcare. We understand rural and remote communities because we’re a part of them. The communities we serve are not all the same. Each has varied health needs, and the people and their doctors know what those needs are. We exist to work with rural and remote communities and support them to stay safe and healthy.
Facing hell to raise funds for rural communities
Hell of the West is a murky 2km swim, a burning 80km cycle and a 20km hot as hell run.
Last year, three doctors – Anna Carswell, Sarah Gleeson and Matt Masel raised over $6,000 for the Foundation by competing in this hellish triathlon.
And, they are doing it again!
This year, they will be joined by two seasoned triathletes Zac Cunningham and Aaron Collis.
All are ready to face Hell to show their support for rural communities.
See all the action from the 2022 event.
Support them as they face this hellish course by sponsoring them. Help them to provide better health care for those living remotely.
Keep up with our latest news and events
Mark your diary now for Saturday 6 May. It promises to be a fun filled day. And, you will be helping a great cause.
Tickets available soon. Contact us if you want us to reserve your tickets.
Promoting good health in rural and remote locations
The Christmas Health Crisis
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Social connection is so important, particularly as we get older.
Having celebrated his 60th birthday and becoming a grandfather recently, Tarun Sen Gupta is all about social connection. Anyone who knows Tarun knows he loves to be surrounded by people, telling stories of his remarkable life and adventures.
This article shares his views on the importance of staying connected.