Our History

Our story begins with a few dedicated doctors....

Our story starts with a small number of rural doctors including Dr John Hall and Dr Dan Halliday who believed that access to life-saving health and wellbeing should always be available. In times of crisis, in times of hardship, and importantly, no matter how remote the location. This dedication to equality for remote and rural communities  is the spark that ignited Rural Doctors Foundation. 

And it continues to fuel our cause. A cause that is growing as we expand to support those living in rural and remote communities across Australia. 


Making it official

In 2013, Dr Dan Halliday became the RDAQ secretary. At this time, he presented a proposal to the RDAQ membership to establish RDAQ Foundation to address  gaps in  rural and remote community health. The membership enthusiastically supported the initiative at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Outgoing RDAQ president, Dr Adam Coltzau was endorsed as the inaugural chair of RDAQ Foundation (now Rural Doctors Foundation) and in 2015, the Foundation achieved DGR status. 

In 2021, we changed our name to  Rural Doctors Foundation to reflect its commitment to support those in rural and remote communities across Australia. 

Today, our vision for more people to enjoy healthy lives with access to quality local care.