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.

Strategic Plan 

Rural Health West Strategic Plan 2021-2024The Strategic  Plan outlines our key priorities for the next three years, which will focus on:

  • Building rural health workforce
  • Professional wellbeing
  • Rural health workforce planning
  • Rural health advocacy

To view the Strategic Plan, click here

Reconciliation Action Plan 

Annual Report 2017-2018

Our vision for reconciliation is for healthier Aboriginal communities, achieved by working alongside Aboriginal people to ensure quality healthcare is accessible and culturally appropriate. Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides a culturally sound framework and key measures to advance our shared vision to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people in Western Australia. 

We acknowledge the support of staff from the Aboriginal Health Council of WA in preparing and delivering on our RAP.

To view the RAP, click here

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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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.

Rural General Practice in Western Australia Annual Workforce Update

Rural General Practice in Western Australia - Annual Workforce Update
This report outlines the rural general practitioner workforce in Western Australia as of November 2020.

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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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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 primary health care workforce

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.

cultural wealth community healthCultural Wealth Community Health

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

Click here to download a comprehensive list of websites that provide further information about content in this publication.

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).

  • GP 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.
  • 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.

Digital Health

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.

Rural GP Digital Health Interviews Report

Digital Health Interviews Presentation