Rural Health West produces a range of publications that are distributed to interested parties.
If you would like to receive copies of any of the publications listed below, please email the Publications Officer to have your details added to our database.
For previous issues of Rural Health Matters, please scroll down below.
Rural Health West Reports
Rural Health West conducts research in order to be remain informed of the current issues and trends affecting the attraction and retention of the rural health workforce. The following reports have been compiled by Rural Health West, in collaboration with other stakeholder agencies, to ensure the organisation is able to best support the rural health workforce. Some reports are available in hard copy. Please email Rural Health West if you would like to order a hard copy.
- Western Australia's General Practice Workforce Analysis 2015 - every year, Rural Health West conducts a comprehensive survey of the rural general practitioner workforce and compiles this report as a result of the collected data. Infographics are also available to provide a quick snapshot of the rural medical workforce as of November 2015. This is the most recently published report, for previous copies of the report, visit the Rural Workforce Data and Information page.
- Finding My Place - this report presents the feedback from rural doctors on what they reported as the factors influencing the attraction and retention of doctors to rural Western Australia. Please note this report is 2.4MB. Hard copies are available from Rural Health West. Part of the project included an online survey, referenced in the report. For more information on the findings from this survey please download this report. If you want to know what the key feedback was, check out this short animation, featuring the key factors as reported.
- Rural and Remote Primary Health Care Workforce Planning - What is the Evidence? - an overview of contemporary workforce benchmarks and their use in assisting planning methodologies for Australia's rural and remote primary health care sector.
- Red Tape in General Practice - a Review - a desktop review of the perceived bureaucratic red tape in Australian general practice, identifying recurring instances and reporting if identified issues have been examined or rectified by Government.
- Critical success factors for recruiting and retaining health professionals to primary health care in rural and remote locations - contemporary review of the literature - review of literature around recruitment and retention of health professionals for rural and remote locations
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status summary - Western Australia (This report is a summary of the'Overview of the health status of Indigenous people in Western Australia 2013', report prepared by Australian Indigenous Health InfoNet.)
- Review of rural health scholarships and bursaries in Australia - summary report - a summary of the rural health scholarships and bursaries available for health students as researched in 2014
- Joint publication with WA Country Health Service - 2007 Engaging Rural Doctors Final Report
Rural Health West Strategic Plan July 2015-June 2018
The Rural Health West Strategic Plan identifies objectives and delivers initiatives that shape and guide the organisation in response to a changing environment. The Strategic Plan ensures that the organisation focuses its energy and resources on common goals and provides various strategies on how to achieve desired outcomes.
Rural Health West Annual Reports
- 2014 - 2015 Annual Report to Members (note 8MB)
Video: view the 2014 - 2015 Annual Report Summary video
- 2013 - 2014 Annual Report to Members (note 10MB)
- 2012 - 2013 Annual Report to Members
- 2011 - 2012 Annual Report to Members
- 2010 - 2011 Annual Report to Members
- 2009 - 2010 Annual Report to Members
Rural Health Matters
A quarterly, full colour magazine which provides details of various events and programs operated by Rural Health West, distributed to all currently practicing rural general practitioners. Please note some of the files may be 5MB or more.
Would you like to take part in our Readership Survey? This is an opportunity for you to provide us with feedback about Rural Health Matters, and you could win an iPad mini! Please email the completed survey to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 June 2016 to be in the draw.
Rural Health West e-bulletins
Emailed monthly to all currently practicing rural and remote general practitioners and other interested organisations, providing regular updates on education opportunities, program updates and funding implications. Please click on the links below to see the relevant current edition. If you would like to receive any of these, please contact the relevant team member as listed in the bulletin, or email the Marketing Manager.
- Rural Health West e-bulletin
- Rural Health West Locum e-bulletin
- Outreach in the Outback e-bulletin
- Practice and Business Support e-bulletin
- Additional Assistance e-bulletin
- WAALHIIBE e-bulletin
- Rural Health Professionals e-bulletin
Rural Workforce Data
Each year, Rural Health West conducts a survey of all general practices and general practitioners currently practicing in rural and remote Western Australia. Typically, the survey has a response rate of around 70% providing contemporary valid data about trends in rural general practice workforce to support workforce policy and planning. This data from this survey is compiled in the Annual MDS Report and Workforce Analysis update, published in April each year.
Please visit the Rural Workforce Data and Information page to view the Report and Fact Sheets.
Cultural Wealth Community Health
An Indigenous Australian cultural resource too valuable for any organisation to be without.
The publication is an introduction to cultural awareness for health professionals working with and caring for Indigenous Australians in Western Australia. In the hope of achieving better health outcomes the resource raises awareness about mutual respect and cultural understanding which underpins all aspects of the development of strong relationships with Indigenous patients and communities.