Welcome to
Rural Doctors Foundation

CARING. COMMITTED. CONNECTED.

Flood impacted communities need your help.

There are many ways you can support our work

With the state of health care in our rural and remote communities reaching crisis point, we need your help now more than ever. 

And your help can come in many forms – you may choose to volunteer,  to attend our events or donate to our fundraising appeals.  

If experiences are more your style, and you want to get the adrenalin pumping, come along to our Charity Race Day.  Join us at the OzAid Race Day on 18-19 June at Kooralbyn Aerodrome.  This event is a fun day out for all the family with kid activities included. 

If you choose to support our crisis appeals, we need your urgent help to provide emergency funding to rural communities so that urgent medical services and supplies can still get through to those cut off by the floods.

Your support will make a huge difference to rural and remote communities in need. 

WHAT WE DO

On the ground caring for, committed and connected to rural and remote communities 

Support to save more lives in the bush

A little can make a big difference to rural and remote health outcomes

Giving help where it’s needed most

Lifesaving, meaningful solutions that improve health in rural and remote areas

Promoting better
rural health

Reaching out to educate
people about rural and remote health issues

WHY WE’RE NEEDED

Everyone deserves a healthy life, no matter where they live.

There is something special about living in a rural and remote community. 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 because we’re a part of it. 

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 achievements

Make a real difference

Sandpiper medical Bag and Doctor

Equipment for
first responders

Rural first responders were given lifesaving emergency equipment to help at the scene of rural incidents.

Farmer with mug

Talking about rural mental health

A wellbeing program was established in Barcaldine to make it easier for rural people to talk about their mental health.

Boys learning the Boomerang

Connecting Indigenous Youth

A program was established in Gladstone to encourage vulnerable youth to stay in school, be connected to their culture and make healthy life decisions.

Unisex Triathlon

Goondiwindi gets life-saving equipment

A defibrillator was provided for the Goondiwindi community to keep them safe and support the famous Hell of the West national triathlon.

Help us support those impacted by flood

Donate today to help provide urgent medical services to devastated communities   

ARTICLES

Promoting good health in rural and remote locations

Remembering the sacrifice of our rural soldiers

On ANZAC Day, we acknowledge those who have served or continue to serve this special place we call home.

We chat with Dr Michael Clements, a rural doctor and veteran who specialises in supporting ex-service personnel and families of serving members.

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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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Kidney disease: A silent yet deadly killer

On World Kidney Day, Rural Doctors Foundation reminds us of this often silent but potentially life-threatening disease. Over 8% of Australians lives with some form of kidney disease and 20,000 die each year.

A regular check with your rural doctor will monitor your kidney health. Early detection and treatment can help slow or prevent any future damage.

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Get in touch

Address

Level 1, 324 Queen Street Brisbane, QLD 4000

Postal address

GPO Box 1495 Brisbane
QLD 4001

Phone

07 3039 0011

Email

info@ruraldoctorsfoundation.org.au

ABN

25 603 089 881