Rural Specialists Group

Rural Specialists Group

The Rural Specialists Group (RSG) is a RDAA special interest group that supports rural specialists and promotes the maintenance and expansion of an appropriately skilled and recognised rural specialist workforce.

The RSG provides a forum through which rural specialists can tell RDAA and policy-makers about the challenges associated with delivering their services in regional, rural and remote Australia.

It also provides members with the opportunity to learn more about, and have their say on, Australian Government health policies and programs.

RSG activities are funded by a grant from the Department of Health and Ageing.

Activities and projects

The RSG has regular teleconferences to discuss new policies and initiatives and issues of concern. These include financial supports and incentives, the use of telehealth services, and specialist training in rural and remote areas.

The RSG has developed a number of key policy documents including: 

  • The Value of Specialist Services to Rural Australia; and
  • A Sustainable Specialist Workforce for Rural Australia.

These are available online.

The RSG has also developed a proposal for mapping the location of rural specialists across Australia. Funding is currently being sought for this project. 

RSG members receive a quarterly email newsletter to remain informed of current projects and activities. 

Meetings and teleconferences

Meetings and teleconferences are held on an as-needed basis.

RDAA representatives also visit different locations periodically to meet with rural specialists and learn more about their experiences delivering specialist services in the bush.

Feedback from these meetings is provided to the RDAA Board and to the Department of Health and Ageing. 

New members welcome

RDAA warmly welcomes all rural specialists and specialist registrars as members of the RSG. Membership is free and is not limited to RDAA members.

For further information or to obtain a membership form, contact Linda Huf at or Phone: 02 6239 7730.



Rural Health Continuing Education - Stream One