Indigenous-led for quality remote healthcare

A majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Board governs the Australian Government-funded RAHC program.

The board sets a strategy and RAHC implements the program in partnership with remote health services in the NT, including:

  • the community
  • health services
  • health professionals
  • RAHC’s clinical, cultural and workforce teams.

Through the program, remote NT clinics can access a pool of healthcare professionals from urban areas who have completed a thorough cultural safety orientation to ensure a culturally responsive workforce.

Communities and clinics self-identify their needs. The RAHC team works with them to deploy and support health professionals they need to strengthen access to quality healthcare.

RAHC is available to remote and very remote NT communities.

Partnering with the RAHC team

Remote NT Aboriginal clinics can access support through RAHC.

If you request a partnership with RAHC, you get the benefits of RAHC’s expertise in health workforce solutions and experience.

The program works because of the team’s commitment to Aboriginal people and communities and their commitment towards outcomes aligned with Closing the GAP reform:

  • strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership
  • long and genuine relationships in the NT
  • detailed knowledge of remote community and clinic placement
  • quality selection of health professionals and rigorous background, skill and qualification checking
  • high levels of service and support for health professionals, including a Remote Educator for those who haven’t worked in a remote setting before
  • reduced administration for health services to pay health professionals on time
  • ongoing professional development for RAHC health professionals.

Find out about partnerships with RAHC

Self-determined remote health needs and solutions

Our community partners are in control of decisions for their communities. They identify their needs and we work together on a way to fill workforce shortfalls and support sustainability. RAHC is not a recruitment program.

The program includes 24/7 support to healthcare professionals who are already employed. It helps them to transition to work in a remote setting for a short time.

The program involves:

  • General Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Oral health professionals (Dentists, Dental Assistants and Dental Therapists)
  • Audiologists
  • Allied health professionals.

Healthcare professional placements are for 3 to 12 weeks at a time.

Funded to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

The Australian Government Department of Health funds the program under the Indigenous Australians Health Program. RAHC helps to meet Closing the Gap health targets:

  • Close the gap in life expectancy within a generation, by 2031.
  • Halve the gap in mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children under 5, within a decade.

In line with the National Agreement for Closing the Gap, the program works for Priority Reforms 1 and 2:

  1. Formal Partnerships and Shared Decision Making.
  2. Building the Community-Controlled Sector.