How could COVID-19 enter a rural, remote or Indigenous community?

COVID-19 could enter a rural, remote or Indigenous community in a number of ways. For example:

  1. a resident is exposed to COVID-19 when travelling overseas or to an area where there is an outbreak and returns home;

  2. a family member or friends pays a visit who has COVID-19 but doesn't realise it;

  3. a visitor to a rural town, such as a tourist, business person or transport worker, who has come into contact with a person with COVID-19 on their travels exposes a person in the community to the infection.


If the disease enters a small town it could have a serious impact on people who are at high risk such as older residents, people with chronic diseases and ATSI residents.

What can rural and remote towns do to reduce the risk of COVID-19?

The key to reducing the risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading in your community is by promoting tried and tested community protective measures.

The Federal Government has produced some helpful information on the COVID-19 virus and how individuals can contribute to reducing the spread of the virus.

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Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd was formed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to address the chronic shortage of doctors in rural and remote NSW.  Using the 'Easy Entry, Gracious Exit' model developed by RDN, RARMS has grown to support ten of NSW's most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to attract and retain GPs over the last 20 years.  Now an independent charity, RARMS acknowledges the work and dedication of RDN and its officers and staff in helping to establish Australia's most successful rural and remote medical workforce solution.

Our Clinics are independently accredited by external medical experts so our communities can be confident in our care.


RARMS is a registered not-for-profit charity and every dollar we receive goes to improving the health and sustainability of rural and remote communities.

RARMS delivers more than 20,000 medical consultations every year, keeping our communities healthy and safe.

We pay our respects to all First Nation elders past, present and future from the lands where RARMS works.  RARMS  acknowledges the Awabakal people in Newcastle, the Wiradjuri, Ngemba and Kamilaroi people in Western NSW, the Hunter and New England, the Ngunnawal and Yuin people in Braidwood, and the Barkindji and Wilyakali people in far west NSW who are the traditional custodians of the land on which RARMS works.


Suite 2, 53 Cleary Street,

Hamilton NSW 2303


Tel: 02 4062 8900


ABN: 29 097 201 020

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