Why partner with RAHC?
Access short-term placements of health professionals where and when they’re needed from an organisation who values partnerships and self-determination.
Culture at the centre
Build your capability with our well credentialed health professionals who we support with cultural education. Health professionals learn culture continuously while on placement to provide holistic healthcare.
RAHC works with, not against, local organisations and remote health professionals. We work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to design solutions and build locally-led services.
RAHC’s board and leadership is majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They guide our Indigenous-led, -governed and -focused strategy to connect and work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal services in the NT.
Work as a RAHC health professional
Support quality healthcare in remote and very remote NT through community-led partnerships.
Be at the centre of community health as a RAHC GP. You’ll deliver primary health services backed with 24/7 support and a supportive, local network of health professionals with valuable skills and experience in remote healthcare.
Care for the community’s diverse health needs as a RAHC RN. Every day is different yet always interesting and rewarding.
Be a part of preventing the unequally high rates of oral disease in remote communities as a RAHC Dentist, Dental Therapist or Dental Assistant.
Healthcare designed for local needs
RAHC is an Indigenous-led and governed remote health workforce program.
Our majority Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander board sets our direction. We’re about strengthening the community-controlled health sector.
To do this, we deploy urban-based health professionals for workforce placement solutions. This is all done in partnership with:
- the community
- health services
- health professionals
- RAHC’s clinical, cultural and workforce teams.
Together we find solutions that fit local needs. These solutions help services in the community to keep working well into the future.
Communities we serve
Each remote community has their own goals and aspirations for healthcare.
We work in partnership with services and people in communities to find out how to support and strengthen them into a sustainable future.
Equality and self-determination
We work with communities in remote and very remote NT to support self-determination. We believe Aboriginal communities deserve equality in access to healthcare and the right to choose how that happens.
Our work aligns with National Agreement for Closing the Gap Priority Reforms 1 and 2:
- Formal Partnerships and Shared Decision Making.
- Building the Community-Controlled Sector.
To do this, the Australian government funds RAHC to deliver:
- the RAHC program – building and strengthening remote primary healthcare workforce in the NT
- the RAWR program – deploying General Practitioners and Registered Nurses to remote communities around Australia
Always supported with RAHC
We support healthcare professionals to do short-term paid placements (3 weeks to 12 weeks) in partnership with remote Aboriginal communities in the NT.
Enjoy continuous learning when you work with RAHC. We provide:
- cultural and clinical orientation to prepare health professionals for placement and ongoing, 24/7 support
- help with travel and accommodation
- access to online learning.
To take part in the RAHC program, health professionals must meet some minimum criteria as a:
- General Practitioner
- Registered Nurse
- Dental Therapist
- Dental Assistant
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RAHC - Our Story
A video about how to get involved with Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC).
RAHC is a programme designed to increase the pool of urban-based health professionals available for work in Indigenous communities by attracting, recruiting and orienting them. We provide ongoing support and training to successfully assist the health professional to make the transition to remote practice.
If you are ready to be part of the effort to close the gap in Indigenous health outcomes across the Northern Territory, we stand ready to support you.
I have had the pleasure of being a Remote Educator (RE) with RAHC for the past four years. I am passionate about sharing my 11 years of experience in every aspect of living and working within remote Aboriginal Communities.
I believe RAHC supports their clinicians to the highest level. Through REs and their free comprehensive education modules, RAHC RNs are well prepared for all aspects of Remote Nursing.
As of 2021, I have completed 27 placements as a Remote Educator with RAHC.
This support and mentorship role is invaluable to those on their first placement. It enables NTRs to quickly become fully functioning members of the remote clinic team, a benefit for both the NTR and the health service.
I think [the confidence I gained] was the main benefit of the Remote Educator for me. I am new to Primary Health and to remote nursing, and I found that to have an RE with me for the first week gave me an enormous amount of confidence to continue to pursue my remote nursing career. Bec was a terrific resource in this respect.
[It] was great to be able to talk [with a Remote Educator] beforehand and get some ideas about community
[I] Definitely [recommend the support of a Remote Educator to other new-to-remotes]! I feel lucky to have had [my RE] with me. It would have been very hard to work out PCIS by myself, and it was also great to have her to ease into being on call.”
[The time spent with my Remote Educator was] extremely [important], it is a fast track into new remote area nursing work. Plus, it supports the facility with another experienced clinician to help orientate a new person without taking away from their time in a busy clinic, meaning greater efficiency and increased productivity.
[I] Totally [recommend the support of a Remote Educator to other new-to-remotes]! One of the reasons I chose RAHC to go remote with is the support from a Remote Educator. It is great to have that person by your side to learn as it happens.”