Remote ACCHS Workforce Response (RAWR)
In June 2020, the Federal Department of Health appointed the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) to manage the Remote ACCHS Workforce Response (RAWR). This programme was a response to the anticipated increase in demand for health services in remote Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
RAWR, also known as the Remote Health Workforce Surge Capacity Program (RHWSCP), supports Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) across Australia with critical workforce needs. It ensures continued access to primary healthcare services in community through the placement of General Practitioners (GPs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) for up to 12 weeks.
The Australian Government has formally extended the programme until 30 June 2022.
The RAWR programme determines eligibility using the Modified Monash Model, an Australian Government model designed to categorise geographical remoteness. Communities require an MMM6-7 classification, meaning the community is ‘remote’ or ‘very remote’.
Through the programme, RAWR will coordinate and cover the Health Professional’s (HP) salary and travel to and from the community.
Health services are required to supply accommodation for the HP whilst they are on placement in community.
To discuss how RAWR can support your health service, contact the RAHC team on 1300 697 242 or click here to complete the enquiry form.
If you are a Health Professional looking for more information about RAWR placements, please click here.