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Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response

RDN and partner organisations are coordinating a response to provide General Practice and primary health care workforce support to areas of NSW affected by natural disasters.  

Our team is available on recovery@nswrdn.com.au



Primary health care services and professionals across NSW are still recovering from the impact of the 2019-20 bushfires and the long-term drought on their communities.

In recognition of the continued need for support towards recovery and sustainability, RDN has launched an Expression of Interest (EOI) opportunity for primary health care practices to apply for up to $10,000 to address the significant physical, social or emotional impacts of a natural disaster or emergency.


> Eligibility

To meet the eligibility criteria, you:

  • must be a currently practising rural health professional, who is working as:
    • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker/Practitioner
    • an allied health professional
    • a dentist
    • a General Practitioner
    • a nurse
    • a midwife
    • a practice manager/health administrator
  • must be providing services in the private or non-state government primary health sector, e.g. general practice, private allied health practitioner or a non-government organisation
  • must be providing primary health care services in a location classified as MMM 2-7
  • must be able to demonstrate how accessing this grant will support or enhance individual or practice wellbeing to enable sustainable and continuous primary health care services in the community.


> What is not eligible for this grant?

  • Applicants in regions not affected by a natural disaster or emergency.
  • Clinicians solely employed by the NSW Government, e.g. public hospital, TAFE or university.
  • Purchase or upgrade of infrastructure, consumables or medical supplies
  • Loss of wages/pay top-ups. 


> What can this grant be used for?

Types of support this grant can fund include, but are not limited to:

  • CPD including travel and accommodation
  • CPD outside of formal courses such as mentoring or vocational upskilling
  • activities to implement or improve business practices for long term sustainability
  • practice wellbeing and support including individual practitioner mental health support.


> What happens after an EOI is submitted?

Your registration will be assessed against the eligibility criteria and you will be contacted for more information, including requests for relevant documentation, then notified of the outcome of your application.





#RuralHealthTogether provides rural health professionals with self-care support and access to mental health-related information, both for themselves and for their patients.


Resources for health professionals and their communities

RDN and their partner organisations have aggregates resources and information that health professionals may find useful as they and their communities work through recovery.

Download Resources for Health Professionals February 2020 [PDF 260KB]


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