Welcome to
Rural Doctors Foundation


Helping our rural communities with improved access to life-saving medical care. 

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

Funding innovative programs to save lives

We fund programs to improve health and safety for rural communities

Promoting better
rural health

Reaching out to educate
people about rural and remote health

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.

Keep up with our latest news and events

Getting defibrillators into rural and remote communities

We're helping more communities get access to life-saving defibrillators. Donate today to help us reach our goal.

Oz Aid raising funds to support our work

On 18-19 July, the quiet of Kooralbyn was replaced by the roar of engines and the smell of burning rubber.

But all, for a good cause.

Free emergency kits for rural doctors

Thanks to the support of NAB Foundation, we have free Emergency Kits for rural doctors. Tell us why you need one!

We're helping more rural communities get a defibrillator to save lives.

Donate today to get defibrillators into rural communities. 


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


Level 1, 324 Queen Street Brisbane, QLD 4000

Postal address

GPO Box 1495 Brisbane
QLD 4001


07 3039 0011




25 603 089 881