We work in partnership with local rural and remote communities, Indigenous people and organisations, other NGOs and government to help communities at risk of losing their local GP and primary care services to understand their health needs, establish and run local medical practices and recruit doctors. Our ultimate goal is to hand over a strong, viable and rewarding local medical practice to a new GP that is committed to the living and working in the community.
The 'Easy Entry, Gracious Exit' model developed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network, and implemented by Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd, has proven to be the most successful model in Australia for sustaining and growing rural and remote medical services. To read the independent research on the RARMS 'Easy Entry, Gracious Entry' model click here.
Over the last 20 years, we have expanded to 10 practice locations, and have handed over practices in Harden, Gulgong and Condobolin to new GPs who have decided to locate to these communities to live and work. We plan to hand over even more over the next 2 years.
We have lifted the number of Medicare services delivered per person in our towns, expanded services to more than 25,000 people and provide 24/7 local services to a vast track of outback NSW.
As a non-government organisation and charity whose staff live and work in remote communities, we have the flexibility and independence to work collaboratively with communities, government agencies, businesses, individuals and other not-for-profit charities.