Delivering emergency relief

In times of crisis, emergency funding keeps health services in rural and remote areas operating

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. 

And the process to apply is simple.  We understand you are feeling overwhelmed so the application process is  easy. We also have resources to learn from others that have been where you are. They share strategies  to cope during this difficult time.

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. 

The 2011 floods rendered many health services in the bush inoperative. This devastating event was the catalyst for establishing Rural Doctors Foundation.

It’s our history. 

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

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



 “It’s the type of funding doctors need at time of crisis like the devastation of the recent floods.

Without an operational GP practice, rural communities are at risk.” 


Eligibility criteria 

Emergency relief applications must meet the following criteria:
  • Applicant must live and work in a community classified as MMM3-MMM7 or be providing service to those in MMM3-MMM7 areas.
  • Applicant must be a registered GP or rural generalist working within a rural GP practice 
  • Applicant must be able to demonstrate impact of crisis on their livelihood and ability to provide medical care to their local community
  • Applicant must be able to provide referee to support their application 
Applications will NOT be accepted from:
  • Those those not providing service or support to MMM3-MMM7 communities. 
  • Consultant medical and surgical services, Allied Health, dentist, NSIS providers  

To apply for emergency funding

Resources for emergencies


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