There is a big divide between the health of metropolitan Australia and that of Australians living in remote and rural areas. There is also a divide in terms of the health services available. In essence, if you live in rural or remote Australia your health will on average be poorer, and your access to health services more limited.
The Rural and Remote Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategy outlines multiple strategies that, if implemented, will redress this health and health workforce imbalance.
The strategy focuses on key areas including: capacity and skills development, leadership, workforce policy and planning, workforce funding and regulation, and workforce reform targetted at more effective, efficient and accessible service delivery.
The RRHWIR strategy complements the National Health Workforce Innovation and Reform Strategic Framework for Action 2011-2015, the National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health 2012 and the findings of Health Workforce 2025 Doctors, Nurses and Midwives.