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.
- Building our services for rural health professionals
- Strengthening our customer service
- Strengthening our focus on attracting and retaining health graduates from Australian universities
- Promoting the use of digital technologies which improve access to healthcare
- Enhancing our profile and influence so that the specific health workforce needs of rural communities are recognised by policymakers
To view the Strategic Plan, click here
The report highlights how Rural Health West works to ensure rural communities have access to quality healthcare by recruiting medical and health professionals with the right skills and experience to communities; supporting medical and health professionals with locum relief, professional development and practice management; and making specialist care available closer to home.
To view the full report, click here
Rural Health West Annual ReportsThis 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.
WA Child Ear Health Strategy
This strategy has been developed to tackle ear disease amongst children, particularly in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It provides a road map for better care through multi-agency service planning, strengthened community focused partnerships, alignment of funding, and better co-ordination.
Pilbara Collaborative Health Forum Workshop Report
Rural Health West and WA Primary Health Alliance convened a cross sectoral workshop in November 2016 to determine the appetite for engagement of a wide range of stakeholders from across the Pilbara to establish a collective approach to addressing the health and social needs and priorities in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This publication is an introduction to cultural awareness for health professionals working with and caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 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 resource is available online, if you would prefer a hard copy please contact Rural Health West or download an order form.
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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.
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 e-bulletin: aimed at specialists visiting rural and remote regions of Western Australia.
- 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 Health West is committed to enhancing access to high quality primary healthcare for everyone, everywhere across rural and remote Western Australia, aspiring to the achievement of healthy communities. To achieve this aim, Rural Health West has been conducting research to enhance our understanding of how rural general practice makes use of digital health technologies and the barriers and enablers that affect uptake. Findings from that research are published below.