Emergency Health Funding

In times of crisis, emergency health funding helps health services in rural and remote areas remain operational.

When disaster strikes, it doesn’t discriminate based on location. This means that crucial health services in rural and remote communities, already stretched to their limits, can be heavily impacted.

It’s the single-doctor town whose clinic and equipment didn’t make it. Townspeople cut off from lifesaving health services. Or areas simply over-run with illness or injury. Unprepared and ill-equipped for it. 

And it’s also the mental scars. Being on the frontline while the community you care deeply for is plunged into despair. When there’s no one to “de-brief” to, and it’s all personal.

It’s health professionals working harder than ever to save lives.

Even when their own houses, own families and own lives are on the line. In times like these, remote and rural communities need their health professionals more than ever. That’s why we’re here for them with emergency health funding. 

Relief for rural and remote doctors and their communities

Rural Doctors Foundation has funding available to assist disaster-affected rural doctors and the people they care for.

“It’s the type of funding doctors probably wish they had access to during the devastation of the 2011 floods.”

The 2011 floods found many health services in the bush inoperative and in crisis. This devastating event was the catalyst for establishing the Rural Doctors Foundation. So it’s our history

It’s at the core of what we do and why we do it. 

We are there in times of emergency so that rural and remote communities and their doctors have the support they need.

“It’s the type of funding doctors probably wish they had access to during the devastation of the 2011 floods.”

The 2011 floods rendered many health services in the bush inoperative and in crisis. This devastating event was the catalyst for establishing the Rural Doctors Foundation. It’s our history. It’s at the core of what we do and why we do it. We are there in times of emergency to ensure that rural and remote communities and their doctors have the support they need.

Are you a rural doctor or community in crisis?
Apply for emergency health funding.

Rural Doctors Foundation emergency health funding can assist disaster-affected rural doctors and their communities while they get back on their feet. We aim to support rural doctors and health professionals. We ensure medical services remain operational through direct support for you and your practice when you have been impacted by a natural or man-made disaster.

Apply in times of crisis

The Emergency Health Funding program is there in times of crisis. To help make sure you can keep practising and caring for your community. 

Rural Doctors Foundation recognises doctors are locals in their communities. A crisis can affect you both personally and financially. Looking after the welfare of doctors and the community helps to encourage long-term recovery in your region. And sustains local healthcare.

Since its inception we have provided support in response to widespread and devastating floods, bush fires and more recently the COVID-19 outbreak.

Criteria for relief

To be eligible, applicants must be a rural or remote GP or work in a rural or remote practice in MMM 3-7 areas. In light of this, you will be asked to provide your AHPRA number.

The GP or practice must be experiencing significant hardship by a disaster/pandemic event. Furthermore, this hardship is negatively impacting your capacity to provide medical services to the rural or remote community you practice in.

The funds requested are to assist in addressing these impacts by providing direct relief to you as a GP or your practice. Also by improving capacity to resume or sustain service delivery.

Applications from businesses eligible for assistance under relief packages released by the Commonwealth or State Governments are not eligible under this program.

How to apply

Rural Doctors Foundation has streamlined the application process for emergency relief funding so that you get help as quickly as possible. Call us on 07 3039 0011 in order to talk through the application process or simply complete the application form.

some examples of how we've helped

Mental health first aid for rural and remote doctors and their staff

Telehealth sessions to patients cut off by natural disasters

Replacing damaged Flyaway medical kits

Delivering important health services like vaccinations

Funding emergency medical flights in times of crisis

Purchasing Medihoods to protect against COVID 19 in high-risk frontline areas.

Levels of relief

Level 1

Up to $1,000 for individual GPs in rural and remote communities.

Applicants for funding up to $1,000 will also be asked for one (1) referee.

Level 2

Up to $5,000 for individual GPs and practices in rural and remote communities.

Applicants for funding up to $5,000 will also be asked for two (2) referees.

Level 3

Up to $10,000 for GP practices in rural and remote communities.

Applicants for funding up to $10,000 will also be asked for two (2) referees and one of these referees must be a medical practitioner.

For assistance with your application or general advice about the criteria or application process, call Rural Doctors Foundation on 07 3039 0011. We’re here to help make getting the help you need as seamless as possible.