Our rural communities in crisis

Your gift could change the health of a rural community

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.

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.


Our rural communities are in crisis and we need more healthcare workers

Help us deliver GP services to our rural health workers and keep them in their communities. 

Our 2023 Annual Report is now available

Read reports from our Chair and CEO, a reflection from Marg Moss from RDAQ and Dr Margaret Kay on our exciting future.  

Welcome to our new Chair,
Amanda Roser and new Director,
Dr Marion Dover

With a change in Chair and a new Director from NSW, we look forward to another year of growth and the rollout of our GPs4RuralDocs program.


Promoting good health in rural and remote locations

80% of people with coeliac disease don’t know they have it – are you one of them?

Approximately 1 in 70 Australians have coeliac disease however 80% remain undiagnosed. Most Australians with coeliac disease don’t know it. Improved awareness of the condition has resulted in higher diagnosis rates in the past few years, however, there has also been an increase in the incidence of coeliac disease.

Rural Doctors Foundation recommend that if you have a close relative with coeliac disease, ask your local rural doctor for a blood test to screen for coeliac disease.

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Doctors are mums too: Meet Dr Sue Harrison

This Mother’s Day we interviewed our very own Dr Sue Harrison, director on the Board at Rural Doctors Foundation. She’s dedicated much of her life to rural medicine and was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal, but she’s raised an amazing family too.

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GPO Box 1495 Brisbane
QLD 4001


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