Help the world’s oldest living culture overcome the world’s newest health challenge

COVID-19 has created a critical workforce shortfall in remote Indigenous communities across Australia. Without immediate and ongoing access to General Practitioners (GPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) many Indigenous communities are at greater risk of being affected by the pandemic. Your skills, knowledge and experience can help the world’s oldest living culture overcome the world’s newest health challenge.

The Australian Government has formally extended the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) to provide paid placements for GPs and RNs across Australia until 30 June 2022. The programme will now offer urban-based health professionals an opportunity to work in remote health clinics and Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) in all states and territories across Australia for periods of three weeks to three months. Under the Remote ACCHS Workforce Response (RAWR), travel and accommodation will be provided plus an additional two weeks allowance where isolation is required.

To ensure all health professionals feel well prepared and supported for their remote placements, RAHC provides ongoing 24/7 support throughout your placement, cultural orientation, and professional development opportunities through our online eLearning platform.

Experience, qualifications and documentation required:

To be eligible for RAHC placements you must be an Australian/NZ citizen or Australian Permanent Resident.

Our eligibility requirements for General Practitioners include:

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery or an Australian/overseas equivalent recognised by the Australian Medical Council
  • current unrestricted registration as a GP with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • evidence of Fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or vocational registration
  • evidence of completing previous triennium requirements and active participation in continuing education recognised by the RACGP Quality Assurance and Continuous Professional Development, ACRRM Professional Development Program or another specialist college as applicable
  • additional qualifications or recognition may be required for the provision of specific clinical services, procedures or other interventions
  • details of all past and continuing healthcare related employment, particularly in General Practice as a recognised GP
  • evidence of current professional indemnity insurance as a GP (Level 1)
  • two professional references from GPs who can attest to current and, if appropriate, past clinical experience
  • remote or Indigenous health experience is welcomed but not essential.

For our eligibility requirements for Registered Nurses include:

  • Bachelor of Nursing, or equivalent
  • current unrestricted registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • at least 3 years relevant clinical nursing experience
  • minimum of 250 hours of relevant clinical experience in the past 12 months
  • evidence of current Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), with evidence of a practical component
  • evidence of 20 hours of relevant Continuous Professional Development (CPD) within the past 12 months, compliant with the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Provide evidence of relevant CPD achieved over the last three (3) years only
  • two recent professional referees who can attest to the Nurse’s clinical competence (i.e. the Nurse’s clinical practice within the past two (2) years), including one reference from a current or recent line manager e.g. Nurse Manager or General Practitioner
  • postgraduate qualifications and experience in Rural / Remote practice is highly desirable but not essential. 

Contact information:

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact the RAHC Placement Team on 1300 697 242. 


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