Is RAHC a recruitment agency?
RAHC is not a recruitment agency. RAHC is a not-for-profit programme funded by the Australian Government, under the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (NT) initiative to strengthen health workforce activities in remote NT Indigenous communities.
The programme was set up to recruit, culturally orientate and deploy urban-based health professionals to enable the provision of increased primary health care services to assist in addressing the shortfall in health service delivery in remote Indigenous communities in the NT.
Who does RAHC employ?
RAHC has placements available for General Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Dentists, Dental Therapists,
Dental Assistants and Audiologists.
Do I need to leave my current job to work with RAHC?
No, RAHC placements are offered only as casual, short-term positions. This enables health professionals to maintain their professional and personal obligations at home whilst participating in efforts to improve Indigenous health.
How will I be employed by RAHC?
Individuals can be engaged as either a casual employee or an individual contractor of RAHC.
To be engaged as a contractor, an individual will be required to supply a current Australian Business Number (ABN) as well as submit evidence of their own professional indemnity insurance.
Employees and contractors will be paid on a fortnightly basis into an individual’s nominated bank account.
Do I need any experience in remote or Indigenous health care to apply for a RAHC placement?
No. As you will be joining experienced teams, there will be clinical and cultural mentors available for guidance
What registration is required?
All health professionals must be registered in Australia and your registration must be valid throughout the period of your placement. In addition, General Practitioners must be eligible to obtain a Medicare provider number.
What is the eligibility criteria to become a RAHC health professional?
The eligibility requirements for your profession can be accessed through your specific craft group page via the
How long are RAHC placements?
The minimum duration for a RAHC placement is three weeks and the maximum is 12 weeks.
Where will my placement be located?
All RAHC placements are located within NT Top End and Central Indigenous communities.
What level of remuneration can I expect?
Each health clinic will advise RAHC of the proposed base rate which will vary depending on the location. The health professional will be advised of the rates applicable to the location seeking the services.
In the majority of instances, remuneration will be a flat fee which is inclusive of all allowances.
Will RAHC cover my travel costs?
RAHC will arrange travel from your point of origin to the community and return. Travel will be arranged from the nearest major airport and we ask individuals to arrange their own travel between their home and the airport.
For distances greater than 100km from the nearest major airport, RAHC will assist in arranging appropriate travel to
Who will arrange my accommodation?
Accommodation for the duration of your placement is provided by the health service you are working for. Most of the accommodation is a furnished house or unit with cooking facilities.
In some instances you may be required to share with a fellow health professional deployed to the same location.
How will RAHC support me during my placement?
RAHC is committed to offering support right throughout your placement. The complete list of support is available on the Supporting You page.
Do I require any particular vaccinations to work in remote areas?
It is important to consider your current vaccination status because you will be associated with an increased risk of some vaccine-preventable diseases. Furthermore, health care workers may transmit infections such as influenza, measles, rubella, varicella and pertussis to susceptible patients.
The NT Centre for Disease Control (CDC) lists below the recommended immunisations for health professionals working in remote communities:
- Influenza Vaccine
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella
- Varicella Zoster
- Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis (single dose of Boostrix)
- Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
Whilst Tuberculosis screening is not an immunisation, it is recommended for all remote health professionals to establish a baseline Mantoux reading or initiate treatment.
Such screening for Department of Health and Families staff is a compulsory component of employment conditions. These guidelines cover staff, volunteers and students.
Do I need to bring any medical equipment?
The majority of medical equipment will be supplied in the community health care centre.
However it is advisable to bring:
- equipment used in your regular job including nursing's pouch/kit, scissors, sticky tape, tape measure or torch.
What facilities are available in the communities?
Each community has different facilities and services available. For a complete list of facilities available in your assigned community, please refer to the specific community profile on the Where we Work page.
Can I drink alcohol whilst on a placement?
Many Aboriginal communities and bush camps are dry — alcohol is prohibited. These laws are typically strictly enforced.
However some communities may have a permit system where residents can apply to have a nominated amount of alcohol with them in the community area. It is strongly recommended that you do not bring alcohol with you into the community to ensure you do not breach any laws that may be in place.
The consumption of alcohol whilst working in the health care centre or during on-call shifts is unacceptable and may result in the termination of your RAHC placement.
Is there a uniform or dress code?
No, there isn’t a specific RAHC uniform. However you will provide with one free RAHC polo shirt which you are encouraged to wear during your placement. Extra shirts are also available to purchase, please contact your RAHC Regional Coordinator for further details.
Indigenous communities may also have certain expectations about the way you should dress. As a health professional, they may reasonably expect you will dress in a way that reflects this role. The dress code is particularly important when meeting or treating older members of the community and in the company of members of the opposite sex. To dress inappropriately can cause offence and shame, resulting in community members passing comments behind your back and avoiding contact.
Please visit When What You Wear Matters page for further information.