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go to urlAustralian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Rural Special Interest Group

go to urlAustralian Centre for International Tropical Health

Although not solely dealing with Indigenous health, there is still quite a bit of information available on this website. They provide information about education, particularly University courses in Indigenous health, and also about their current research projects.

go to urlAustralian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

The website provides current information specifically for rural doctors. It features a calendar of events, directory to relevant organisations, links to other rural medical pages and articles by various authors on topics such as CME and computer education.

go to urlAustralian Indigenous Doctor's Association (AIDA)

The Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA) is a not-for-profit professional association contributing to equitable health and life outcomes, and the cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. AIDA's ultimate goal is to reach population parity of Indigenous doctors, and to inform and support a culturally safe health care system.

go to urlAustralian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

This website provides an extensive amount of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health information, including important cultural information as well. There is on-line information and a vast amount of links to additional websites, publications or articles.

go to urlAustralian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

mission: "To provide leadership and excellence in undertaking, promoting and facilitating high-quality research in Australian Indigenous studies." through conducting and disseminating research, providing grant opportunities and facilitating seminars and conferences.

go to urlAustralian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM)

The Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) is a multi-disciplinary health and tropical medicine research institute located in the tropics.

Based at James Cook University in northern Queensland, AITHM has key nodes in Townsville, Cairns and the Torres Strait.

AITHM’s research programs confront northern Australia's major health security risks, tackle its worst health outcomes, develop better ways to deliver health services to remote communities and contribute to the development of northern Australia through research, knowledge infrastructure and commercialisation of research findings.

go to urlAustralian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN)

ARHEN is a national communication and coordination body for all University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) in Australia.

go to urlBroken Hill University Department of Rural Health

The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) aims to improve healthcare in far western New South Wales by providing high quality support, education and training for rural and remote health workers.

go to urlCanadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS)

The Canadian Rural Health Research Society offers the opportunity for researchers and their collaborators to network with new and established researchers of many disciplines engaged in rural, remote and northern health research. Each year, at our annual scientific meetings in October, we discuss current findings and seek to build new and extend existing networks among those with common research interests and goals.

go to urlCentre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health (CERSH)

The vision of CERSH is that all rural Victorians have access to quality sexual health care, information and support that is tailored to their individual needs.

go to urlCentre for Remote Health

mission: "To provide appropriate tertiary education, training and research, focusing on the discipline of remote health, to meet the health needs of remote communities in the NT and adjacent areas. The Centre will particularly address Indigenous health issues and the educational needs of Indigenous health professionals."

go to urlCentre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

The Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health provides leadership in rural and remote mental health research, working closely with rural communities and our valued partners to provide evidence-based service design, delivery and education in NSW.

go to urlCroakey

Croakey is a social journalism project that enables debate and investigations of health issues and policy. Every week, a different person – including community members and public health professionals – is asked to tweet-report and investigate public health matters using the rotating curated twitter account @WePublicHealth.

go to urlDeakin Rural Health

Deakin Rural Health aims to promote the health and wellbeing of people living in South West Victoria.

go to urlEdinburgh University Remote & Rural Medicine Society (EURRMS)

A student society that aims to promote remote and rural medicine. They hold talks and workshops from remote and rural medics and surgeons and help to promote medicine as a career option in remote and rural schools.

go to urlFederation of Rural Australian Medical Educators (FRAME)

FRAME aims to:

  • Promote rural medical education as an essential and successful component of Australia’s rural medical workforce, higher education and regional development strategies;
  • Provide an efficient and transparent vehicle for influencing national policy that effects the goals and function of the Rural Clinical Training and Support program throughout Australia;
  • Facilitate the successful development and maintenance of the RCTS program in all medical schools through collaboration, discussion and sharing of ideas; and
  • Work collaboratively with other relevant national organisations, in particular, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), and Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ).

go to urlFlinders Rural and Remote Community Clinical School

go to urlFlinders Rural Health SA: Parallel Rural Community Curriculum

The Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC) program is a highly successful initiative by Flinders University to introduce third year medical students to the rigours, challenges and rewards of rural and regional medicine.

World recognised and highly regarded, the program has produced medical professionals of the highest standard, many who have returned to regional locations to make their homes within the community.

The broad, integrated, flexible nature of this course will ideally suit students who thrive in a learning environment that encourages self-directed autonomy, responsibility and co-operative involvement in the ongoing care and life of individuals, their families and rural communities.

go to urlKey Literature in Medical Education (KeyLIME) Podcasts

KeyLIME is a weekly podcast produced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. They bring you the main points of a medical education article in under half an hour! Articles that are important, innovative, or will impact your educational practice are discussed.

go to urlMajarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health

The Majarlin Kimberley Centre for Remote Health contributes to the development of a culturally responsive, remote health workforce through inspiration, education, innovation and research.

go to urlMinessota Rural Physician Associate Program

(This is the web-based resource page available to students in the RPAP - a similar program to the PRCC)

go to urlMonash University School of Rural Health

The Centre fosters research and awareness of rural health and related issues, focussing on the areas of education, research, workforce and community knowledge and organisational process. They also point out that the LISARRH database (Literature Information Service for Australian Rural and Remote Health) is coming soon to the Website.

go to urlMount Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health

The Centre for Rural and Remote Health (CRRH) James Cook University (JCU) is part of the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), a national network of 15 University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.

go to urlNational Center for Frontier Communities

National Center for Frontier Communities is the only national organization dedicated to the smallest and most geographically isolated communities in the United States - the frontier.

go to urlNational Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

go to urlNational Rural Faculty, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

This site contains news of relevance to rural general practitioners, information about the RACGP’s rural qualification, and resources of use to rural GPs, along with links to a wealth of resources available from the RACGP for rural GPs such as preventative guidelines, Australian Family Physician, GP Review, and the College’s extensive library resource collection.

go to urlNational Rural Health Alliance

This is an alliance of key rural health stakeholders, whose main objectives are to set up links, affect policy and provide information in the area of rural health. This website provides a facility to do that, with features such as a discussion group, with a database of previous discussion issues, as well as an extensive list of relevant articles for viewing on-line.

go to urlNational Rural Health Association

National Rural Health Association - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization in the United States with more than 20,000 members. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues.

go to urlNorthern Territory PHN

The vision of NT PHN is that people in the Northern Territory enjoy their best health and wellbeing. They strive to achieve this vision by building local partnerships, and directing resources for an integrated and high quality primary health care system.

NT PHN helps Territorians receive the right health care, in the right place, at the right time by:

  • commissioning the delivery of health services
  • providing support to the primary health care workforce
  • supporting integration across the acute and primary health care sectors.

go to urlNorwegian Centre for Rural Medicine (NCRM)

NCRM aims to promote research, professional development projects, education and networks. The vision is to bridge praxis, academia and responsible authorities, to contribute to quality improvement, recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural and remote areas.

go to urlNSW Rural Doctors Network

The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) provides support for a continuing and high quality rural medical workforce in New South Wales (NSW).

go to urlPoche Centre for Indigenous Health

The Centre aims to drive a transformative intergenerational Aboriginal health research agenda.

go to urlRoyal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world, providing extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to people over an area of 7.69 million square kilometres in Australia.

go to urlRural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc)

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), in conjunction with the Rural Education Action Plan (REAP), seeks to improve rural health education and advocates for rural health in British Columbia.

RCCbc works on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC), an entity that advises the BC government and the Doctors of BC (formerly the BCMA) on matters pertaining to rural medical practice.

go to urlRural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)

The RDAA represents the interests of rural doctors on a federal level.

Their vision is for excellent medical care for rural and remote communities.

They are committed to building and maintaining a workforce of highly skilled and motivated rural medical practitioners which requires adequate training and proper incentives, remuneration and support.

go to urlRural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDaSA)

RuDASA strives for the adequate staffing of rural health services by appropriately skilled medical staff and to be a voice for the rural doctor regarding training and working conditions.

go to urlRural Health Advocacy Project

The Rural Health Advocacy Project is a leading health advocacy organisation based in Johannesburg, advocating for equitable access to quality health care for rural communities in the whole of South Africa. Informed by the voices of rural Health Care Workers (HCWs) and communities on the ground, partner organisations, stakeholders and primary and secondary research, RHAP uses its urban-based access to decision-makers to conduct advocacy, generate debate, monitor implementation of health policies in rural areas, support pro-equity government interventions, and influence decision-making that is in tune with rural realities.

go to urlRural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. They are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.

The RHIhub provides access to current and reliable resources and tools to help you learn about rural health needs and work to address them.

go to urlRural Health Research Gateway

The Rural Health Research Gateway provides easy and timely access to research conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Gateway efficiently puts new findings and information in the hands of our subscribers, including policymakers, educators, public health employees, hospital staff, and more.

The Rural Health Research Gateway is an online library of research and expertise. It’s free to use, searchable, and provides access to the work of all eleven federally-funded Rural Health Research Centers and Analysis Initiatives.

go to urlRural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc)

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc) was established in May 2010, as part of an overall strategy to improve and expand health services research within British Columbia

The RHSRNbc’s main purpose is to support rural health services’ researchers in British Columbia, with the goal of creating a supportive infrastructure with in which to facilitate the investigation of issues relevant to the health and health services of rural communities.

The RHSRNbc takes a multi-faceted approach to supporting and facilitating rural health services research. Not only do we maintain up-to-date information to inform members of any available grants, upcoming conferences and symposia but we also host skill building workshops, knowledge translation events and hold travel bursary competitions in order to ensure our members are prepared for and successful in the realm of rural health services research.

  1. Build capacity in rural and remote health research by increasing the number of researchers from all four pillars;
  2. Support multi-disciplinary and multi-professional research collaboration across the spectrum from communities to universities;
  3. Support the exchange of new knowledge between researchers, policy makers, health care providers and consumers.

go to urlRural Medical Education

Rural Medical Education - The main web site for Rural Health Workforce studies in the United States, Basic Health Access, the Atlas of Basic Health Access, Physician Workforce Studies, and Physician Distribution By Concentration

go to urlRural Medical Education Network (RMEN)

The Rural Medical Education Network (RMEN) is a virtual component of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Medicine overseeing the development and coordination of the distributed education activities for Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) and Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) curricula across regional training sites.

go to urlRural Nursing South Africa (RuNurSA)

RuNurSA aims to strengthen rural nursing leadership to influence change and improve rural health equitable access and quality nursing care in South Africa.

go to urlRural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)

The Rural Policy Research Institute provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRI’s aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.

go to urlRural Rehab South Africa (RuReSA)

RuReSA is a multidisciplinary organisation of professionals committed to providing and improving rehabilitation services in rural communities.

go to urlRural World Doctors in Training (Rural Seeds)

The Rural Seeds is a group of students and young doctors who aim to create a world network to raise awareness and guidance for training for rural practice using the mentorship and knowledge available from the Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice and its members. They also aim to identify rural health care needs in different areas, countries and regions and try to understand what they could improve through local and global community. Some of their projects include:

Rural Family Medicine Café

Rural Health Success Stories

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RuralGP was launched in April 2009 as a resource for remote & rural GPs, GP trainees and nurses. It aims to provide up-to-date information about key events, discussions and initiatives for UK rural general practice.

go to urlServices for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

SARRAH, established in 1995, is a grassroots' organisation advocating on behalf of rural and remote Australian communities in order for them to have access to allied health services which support equitable and sustainable health and well-being.

go to urlSociety for Young Rural Surgeons (SYRUS)

SYRUS aims to increase awareness of the need for rural practitioners in the younger population of medical trainees and practitioners, and provide support and direction in both training and careers for those who are interested in practicing in rural communities both nationally and internationally.

go to urlSociety of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC)

The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) is the national voice of Canadian rural physicians. Founded in 1992, the SRPC’s mission is to provide leadership for rural physicians and to promote sustainable conditions and equitable health care for rural communities.

On behalf of its members and the Canadian public, SRPC performs a wide variety of functions, such as developing and advocating health delivery mechanisms, supporting rural doctors and communities in crisis, promoting and delivering continuing rural medical education, encouraging and facilitating research into rural health issues, and fostering communication among rural physicians and other groups with an interest in rural health care.

go to urlSouthern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH)

SQRH is a University Department of Rural Health, a Commonwealth-funded collaboration between The University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service.

go to urlThe Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public.

go to urlThe European Rural and Isolated Practitioners Association (EURIPA)

EURIPA is a representative network organisation founded by family doctors to address the health and wellbeing needs of rural communities and the professional needs of those serving them across Europe. It represents a growing network of rural practitioners and organisations across Europe working together to disseminate good practice, initiate research and influence policy.

EURIPA is a network of WONCA Europe which is the academic and scientific society for general practitioners in Europe. WONCA Europe has 47 member organisations and represents more than 75.000 family physicians in Europe.

go to urlThe Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation working for the health and wellbeing of Australia's First Peoples through high impact quality research, knowledge translation and by supporting a new generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.

go to urlThe National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN)

The National Rural Health Student Network is a multidisciplinary health network comprising 28 Rural Health Clubs (RHCs) located at Universities around Australia, in every State and Territory. It is Australia’s only multi-disciplinary student health network, bringing together people studying medicine, nursing and allied health, encouraging them to pursue rural health careers.

The NRHSN has two aims:

  • To provide a voice for students who are interested in improving health outcomes for rural and remote Australians; and
  • To promote rural health careers to students and encourage students who are interested in practising in rural health care.

The NRHSN and its Rural Health Clubs offer rural experience weekends, career information sessions and professional development activities as well as providing a social base for students at university and when on rural placement.

The student network leaders also advocate on behalf of health students of all disciplines - including opportunities for more rural placements and training support.

go to urlThe Rural Medical Education (RME) Group

Rural Medical Educators - This US based group within the National Rural Health Association is a small group with a big vision – geographically dispersed, ethnically and culturally diverse, each in our place uniquely challenged, yet together facing common political, economic, and academic obstacles.

go to urlThe Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC)

The Scottish Rural Medicine Collaborative (SRMC) is a group of NHS Scotland Boards who aim to support recruitment/retention of GPs in Rural and Remote Scotland. The Knowledge Hub aims for people to connect digitally with colleagues and experts, share knowledge, insight and best practice, learn from experiences and inspire innovation and new ways of working.

go to urlThe University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH)

The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH) focuses on:

  • facilitating student placements and learning
  • enhancing the health of local communities through community engagement and
  • conducting research into rural health issues. The UONDRH is Commonwealth funded under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Programme.

go to urlThree Rivers University Department of Rural Health

Three Rivers UDRH supports the recruitment and retention of nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry rural health professionals to help improve the health of people living in rural Australia.

go to urlUkwanda Centre for Rural Health

The Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health focuses on health professional training and research with community engagement that is relevant to the South African context. Central to the vision of this ongoing commitment is the continuous training of healthcare professionals with applicable knowledge and hands on experience of the health issues facing rural and under served communities in South Africa.

go to urlUniversity Center for Rural Health (UCRH)

UCRH provides a multidisciplinary centre of excellence in education of students for clinical practice in rural health and conducts research relevant to the health needs of rural communities situated within the Northern Rivers region of NSW and elsewhere.

go to urlUniversity of Melbourne Department of Rural Health

The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health provides professional health education and research training in a rural context. Based at Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley, they have major nodes at Ballarat and Wangaratta and associations with nearly 40 smaller towns in rural Victoria.

go to urlUniversity of South Australia Department of Rural Health (UniSA)

UniSA is committed to improving the recruitment and retention of nursing and allied health professionals in rural and remote South Australia. This is achieved in part by supporting domestic nursing and allied health students to undertake a rural placement, and work in, and engage with, local communities.

go to urlUniversity of Tasmania Centre for Rural Health

The Centre for Rural Health (CRH) aims to improve access for rural and remote communities to appropriate health services by encouraging students to pursue a career in rural practice and supporting health care professionals working in these areas.

go to urlWestern Australia General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)

Western Australia General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) is the sole provider of the federally funded Australian General Practice Training program (AGPT) in WA. The program takes doctors seeking to specialise as general practitioners through to fellowship – the highest recognition for a GP.

go to urlWestern Australian Centre for Rural Health

WACRH aims to improve rural, remote and Aboriginal health through research, education, student support and community service activities. WACRH operates with support from The University of Western Australia but also works closely with numerous health organisations, on a local and national level.

go to urlWONCA

WONCA is short for World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians, or World Organization of Family Doctors for short. Wonca's Web site, Global Family Doctor, provides a daily news service featuring synopses of relevant articles from family medicine and major general journals, updated every weekday and posted within minutes of publication.

go to urlWorld Health Organization

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2023 Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (CLIC) Conference, 19–24 September 2023, Spokane, Washington, USA
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Health and Care Research Wales Conference 2023, 12 October 2023, Swansea, Wales, UK
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Rural Medicine Australia Conference (RMA2023), 18–21 October 2023, nipaluna, lutruwita (Hobart, Tasmania), Australia
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12th EURIPA Rural Health Forum, 19–21 October 2023, Călimănești-Căciulata, Romania
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LIME Connection Conference X, 23–26 October 2023, Ngunnawal Country (Canberra), Australia
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The Network: Towards Unity For Health (TUFH 2023), Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 23–26 October 2023
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WONCA World Conference, 26–29 October 2023, Sydney, Australia
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2023 Rural Health Association of Utah Annual Conference, 8–9 November 2023, St. George, UT, USA
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Rural Mental Health Conference (RMHC), 8–10 November 2023, Albury, Australia
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AIDA2023 Conference, 16–18 November 2023, nipaluna, lutruwita/Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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