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Natural disaster and emergency primary health workforce response

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

RDN is offering support in the form of a grant to help address the physical, social or emotional impacts of a natural disaster or emergency. 

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


The Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report 

Building resilience and mitigating risk in our rural communities calls for long-term risk management, planning and deploying solutions based on our collective experience, emerging science and technology, and latest research. The 2021 Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report (The NDER Report), developed with leaders in the NSW health sector, provides recommendations to guide efforts towards greater resilience and more informed emergency management responses in NSW.

Read the Natural Disaster and Emergency Learnings and Recommendations Report



Primary health care services and professionals across NSW continue to recover from the impact of the 2019-20 bushfires and the long-term drought on their communities.

This is an opportunity to gain support, and we invite eligible services and/or professionals to submit an Expression of Interest to access up to $10,000 to address the 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 for non-clinical staff including travel and accommodation*
  • CPD for non-clinical staff 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.

* Clinical staff are able to access funding for CPD through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program.

> What happens after an EOI is submitted?

Your registration will be reviewed against the eligibility criteria, and you will be contacted within 24 hours for RDN to understand more about your proposed resilience activities. You may then be invited to formally apply for the grant.





#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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