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Your health care
Rural and Regional Health Australia (RRHA) is a central entry point on information about the Australian Government’s regional, rural and remote health, Indigenous and mental health programmes aimed at improving health services for people living in regional, rural and Australia.
RRHA has two contact points for regional, rural and remote health consumers and providers:
- our call centre 1800 020 103 (toll free)
The website includes an interactive map showing health services in specific locations in all states and territories. The map is updated periodically to hold more place-based health information as it becomes available. In the same way more resources will be added to the website as it develops, making it a valuable tool both for the rural population and for health professionals.
The website also provides information on Indigenous health programs. The Australian Government has recently established the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme to bring together funding streams to improve the focus on local health needs, better address priorities and areas of population growth, reduce overheads and better support efforts to achieve health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
The establishment of the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme will consolidate four existing funding streams: primary health care base funding, child and maternal health programmes, Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory (Health) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Chronic Disease Fund.
Information on services and initiatives under the IAHP is available at:
Information on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Safety and Wellbeing Programme is available at: https://www.dpmc.gov.au/indigenous-affairs/about/safety-and-wellbeing-programme
Programs directly targeted at improving your health care, from diagnostic imaging to immunisation.
see all general programs
- Diagnostic Imaging Locations
- Healthdirect Australia
- Hearing Services Program
- Home Medicine Review Rural Loading Allowance
- Immunisation clinics
- COAG Improving Access to Primary Care Services in Rural and Remote areas - s19(2) Exemptions Initiative
- National Bowel Cancer Screening Program
- Oral Health Therapist Graduate Year Program
- Patient Assisted Travel Schemes
- Rural Health Outreach Fund
- Rural Women’s GP Service (RWGPS)
- Surveillance - Torres Strait Health Protection Strategy-Mosquito control
- Torres Strait Health Protection Strategy - Saibai Island Primary Healthcare Clinic
- Visiting Optometrists Scheme
Programs that address Indigenous health issues, and aim to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders health outcomes.
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- Closing the Gap - PBS Co-Payment Measure
- COAG Mental Health - Mental Health services in Rural and Remote Areas (MHSRRA)
- Medical Outreach - Indigenous Chronic Disease Program
- Mobile Outreach Service (MOS) Plus - NT Only
- NT Remote Health Workforce Child Abuse Training and Development
- Practice Nurse Incentive Program (PNIP)
- The Section 100 Support Allowance Program (Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement)
- Stronger Futures in the NT – Health
- Stronger Futures in the NT – dental health programme
- Substance misuse services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- Remote Area Aboriginal Health Services Program (RAAHS)
- Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme
Programs that contribute to building the capacity of the mental health system.
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Aged careThe Australian Government Department of Social Services has an aged care specific website called My Aged Care ( http://www.myagedcare.gov.au/ ).
This website offers information about aged care services and supports in your region. My Aged Care can assist you and your family to make informed decisions about aged care.
go to My Aged Care
You can also get information about aged care by calling 1800 200 422*.
*Free call except from mobile phones.
Aged Care Complaints SchemeHave a concern about the quality of care or service you or a loved one is receiving from an aged care service? It’s important to talk about your concerns.
Contact the Aged Care Complaints Scheme a free service for anyone to raise concerns about Australian Government funded aged care services.
Visit us at agedcarecomplaints.govspace.gov.au or call 1800 550 552 for more information.