The Victorian Government is working to improve access to quality healthcare in rural Victoria.
Rural health service and public hospital staff
If you work in a rural public health service or hospital and want more information on rural programs and policies, refer to the Victorian health service policy and funding guidelines.
Improving Access to Primary Care in Rural and Remote Areas Initiative
Victoria is participating in the COAG Section 19(2) Exemptions Initiative aimed at improving access to primary health care for rural Victorians.
Rural health regions and locations
Rural and regional health services are provided across Victoria. Services include Aboriginal health services, community health services and bush nursing hospitals.
Rural and regional medical director role
The Victorian rural and regional health services’ medical director plays a key role in monitoring, maintaining and improving the safety and quality of health care.
Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (VPTAS)
The Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme subsidises some costs incurred by rural Victorians when they travel more than 100 kilometres one way for specialist medical treatment.
Rural and isolated practice registered nurses
Rural and isolated practice endorsed registered nurses have completed a special course of study and are able to administer or supply a limited range of medicines in rural and regional Victoria.
Rural x-ray services
The department has developed statewide guidelines for small rural health services wanting to provide x-ray services.
Reviewed 27 June 2023