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.
You may give a one off donation or choose to donate on a regular basis. We are extremely grateful for your support. Regular donations enable us to plan for ongoing programs.
Keep up with our latest news and events
Promoting good health in rural and remote locations
1.8 million Australians don’t know they have kidney disease
For Kidney Week, we look at how important our kidneys are in keeping us healthy. We provide tips for looking after your kidneys.
From outer space to a rural town – one doctor’s journey
This is the story of a young rural doctor – Dr Vidhushan (Vid) Paheerathan.
Vid has a love of all things rural and is now enjoying his first year as a Rural Generalist Pathway intern doing his placement at Mt Isa Hospital.
The Christmas Health Crisis
Disease and illness do not have an ‘off-switch’. Access to healthcare is needed year-round and Christmas presents further health challenges for rural communities.