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.
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.
VPTAS Feedback – Complaints, compliments and reviews policy
The Department of Health & Human Services is seeking feedback on how the Victorian Patient Transport Assistance Scheme can better support rural Victorians.
Rural and isolated practice registered nurses
A rural & isolated practice registered nurse is someone who has undertaken additional training and is able to provide a wider range of primary care & emergency services from rural health services.
Rural and Regional Health System Design, Service and Infrastructure Plan
This Discussion Paper outlines key service design and planning issues which need to be considered in the development of a rural and regional health system design, service and infrastructure plan for Victoria.
Rural x-ray services
The department has developed statewide guidelines for small rural health services wanting to provide x-ray services.
Urgent care in regional and rural areas
Most small rural hospitals have an Urgent Care Centre to provide emergency care and assistance to their communities.
Reviewed 11 November 2021