ABOUT RARMS HEALTH
RARMS Health was created by Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd (RARMS) as its community practice management service.
RARMS Health works with local rural, remote and Indigenous communities to help them to establish local GP and primary care services and run community practices (including leasing facilities, fit-out, employ nurses and practice staff and set up the IT and infrastructure to support the delivery of local GP and primary care services in the community).
RARMS Health works with RARMS Community Health and Workforce Consulting to help communities understand their local needs, and the right mix of services to meet community needs.
It then works with the RARMS Medical Workforce & Telehealth Solutions to recruit permanent doctors to work in the community, and where needed to organise short-term locums during periods of leave or vacancies in the role of permanent doctor.
RARMS Health does not own medical practices or employ doctors. Rather, we work with local communities to establish or take-over medical practices where feasible and provide a practice in which doctors can work as independent practitioners. The GP pays RARMS to work in the practice, and RARMS uses this money to pay for the premises, health staff and administration.
Any remaining funds are placed into RARMS' charitable reserves to fund the recruitment of short term doctors if a doctor decides to relocate or needs to take leave.
This way, RARMS has been successful in ensuring the continuity of practice over more than two decades of working in rural and remote communities.
For an account of the RARMS early experiences in Walgett and Lightning Ridge, download the Easy Entry, Gracious Exit booklet.
To see where RARMS Heath is working with local communities, please click this link to the RARMS Health web site.
Drs Diane Coote and Clem Gordon have been working as rural doctors for 30 years and work at the RARMS Health Warialda practice.