Rural Health West produces a range of publications that are distributed to stakeholders at a regional, state and national level.

If you would like to receive hard copies of any of the publications listed below, please contact us.

Rural Health West Annual Reports
This year's Annual Report highlights the many innovative solutions Rural Health West is working on to create a high-calibre, sustainable health workforce in rural and remote Western Australia.
Rural Health Matters

A quarterly, full colour magazine which provides details of various events and programs operated by Rural Health West.

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.

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Western Australia's General Practice Workforce Analysis 2015
This report outlines the rural general practitioner workforce in Western Australia as of November 2015. 
Infographics are also available to provide a quick snapshot.

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Finding My Place
‚ÄčThis 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.
Check out this short animation, featuring the key factors.

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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.

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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.
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Review of rural health scholarships and bursaries in Australia
A summary of the rural health scholarships and bursaries available for health students as researched in 2014.
Critical success factors for recruiting

Critical success factors for recruiting and retaining health professionals to primary health care in rural and remote locations
Review of literature around recruitment and retention of health professionals for rural and remote locations.

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Engaging Rural Doctors - Final Report 2007
This is a joint publication with WA Country Health Service.

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Rural Health West Strategic Plan - July 2015 to 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 e-bulletins

The e-bulletins are emailed monthly to a variety of audiences, providing regular updates on education opportunities, program updates and funding implications. We distribute a variety of e-bulletins relevant to their subscribers. If you would like to receive any of these e-bulletins, please contact us (please indicate which e-bulletin you prefer to be subscribed to).

  • Rural Health West e-bulletin: aimed at practising rural general practitioners and partner organisations.
  • Locum e-bulletin: aimed at doctors interested in locum opportunities across Western Australia.
  • Outreach in the Outback e-bulletin: aimed at specialists visiting rural and remote regions of Western Australia.
  • Practice and Business Support e-bulletin: aimed at practice staff, particularly practice managers and practice nurses.
  • Additional Assistance e-bulletin: aimed at those on the Additional Assistance scheme and working towards Fellowship.
  • WAALHIIBE e-bulletin: aimed at allied health students who are members of WAALHIIBE.
  • Rural Health Professionals e-bulletin: aimed at nurses, midwives, dentists and allied health professionals practising, or interested in practising in rural Western Australia, as well as rural clinics and practices.

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 Workforce Analysis update, published in April each year.

Please visit the Rural Workforce Data and Information page to view the Report and Fact Sheets.

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Cultural Wealth Community Health

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. The publication can be ordered by contacting Rural Health West. Alternatively, click here to download the Order Form.