Welcome to Rural Doctors Foundation
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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.
Promoting good health in rural and remote locations
Bowel cancer can be deadly. Rural Doctors Foundation explores the signs, symptoms and treatment options.
For Diabetes Week, Rural Doctors Foundation explores the common contributing factors to diabetes. We also look at common symptoms to look out for and what you should do if you think you may have diabetes.
Did you know that the burden of disease caused by drinking alcohol is also 2.1 times higher for those in remote locations as compared to major cities.
Find out how much is too much and what you can do to reduce your alcohol consumption.