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We have the power to change rural and remote healthcare by telling our stories

 

Every Australian who lives in a rural, remote or Indigenous community has a story to tell about their town, the community initiatives you have developed to address the causes of poor health and the vitality of their town, community and environment.

In a world dominated by negative stereotypes of rural communities, we want you to highlight the positive story of rural life.

By sharing your stories, you can help us to change rural and remote healthcare

  • Are you an aspiring video maker, or even an amateur, and want to tell the story of your town and why GPs, nurses and health professionals should be flocking to your town or region to work and live?

  • Do you love taking photos of your famous sunsets, river banks, hot springs, recreation facilities, history and culture, food and shopping and want to share the unique attractions of your towns with future doctors, nurses and health professionals?

  • Maybe you're a real estate agent and want to show how affordable houses are to live and rent in your town?

  • Perhaps you want to talk to your local airline to show future doctors how easy it is to fly down to Sydney or Brisbane to go to the beach or the theatre?

  • Perhaps you own the local pub, or a cafe or restaurant, and want to let future doctors, nurses and health professionals know about what you have to offer?

  • Are you a member of Rotary or Lions, or the RFS or SES, and have a story about how you work together as a community?

  • Maybe you have worked in rural practice and want to talk about your experiences and what you learned?

  • Are you a painter or artist and want to express yourself creatively through these mediums?

Remember, our future rural doctors, nurses and health professionals only know about your town from what they can see and hear. If all they hear and see is negative stories on television about rural Australia, then they won't get the right impression of your town and living in your community.  This is your chance to make sure that your future doctors, nurses and health professionals see and hear the real story from real people in real rural and remote towns.

Send us your stories!

Whether you live in a RARMS Health town, or another part of rural and remote Australia, send us your stories.  We will post them to the 'Make the Move' web page to give future rural health and medical workers better information about the benefits of working in your town.

Win

 

You have a month to get your story submitted.  The closing date is 22 May 2020.  At the end of the period, we will ask our Facebook users (https://www.facebook.com/rarmshealth) to vote for the best story.  We will also ask our doctors and health staff to vote on the story they think is most likely to encourage a health or medical worker to live in a rural or remote community.

 

The winners of each category will win an 10.2" 32Gb Wifi only iPad valued at $529.  As per the normal terms of this type of competition, RARMS can change the terms of the competition, extend the deadline, cancel the competition and select the winners.  We will use our best efforts but the decision of RARMS is final and we will not enter into a debate with you about whether we are right or wrong.  

A few rules

(terms and conditions)

  1. Only use original material.  If you do use material taken by someone else please make sure you have permission in writing and should include the names of the original author with your material. 

  2. NO TESTIMONIALS - it is against the law to publish a testimonial for a health or medical professional (yes, really).  You can talk about how health services in your town are important, how a doctor or nurse helped you out in a difficult situation, BUT YOU CANNOT SAY THEIR NAME or show an image of the person in your story.  SORRY!

  3. Any person who appears in your video, photo or story must have consented in writing to their name and/or image appearing.  If the person is under 18 years of age, you need to get their mum, dad or carer to give permission to use their image or name in your story.  You need to get this down in writing and provide these if needed to RARMS so we can make sure that everyone's privacy is being respected.

  4. Please don't disclose personal health issues without thinking about it. It's not against the law or anything, we just don't want you to disclose anything that is private on the Internet without thinking it through.

  5. Don't talk about the health conditions of another living person.  Its your story!  You can help someone else with their story of course, but make sure they consent (see above).  Also, be respectful to any Indigenous or culture tradition when talking about people who have died. 

  6. Talk as yourself.  We want real people and real stories.  It doesn't have to be a TV quality video or professional photos.  It needs to be real, positive and engaging stories.  Having said this, we know that bad language can be a bit of a turn off for people so please don't swear.

  7. Don't include images of people smoking, drinking too much grog, taking drugs or gambling - none of us want any kids who may watch these stories thinking that this is good for your health.  We are a health organisation after all!

  8. Keep any videos brief and to the point.  No more than say 5 minutes for a video.  We don't want people nodding off.  About 5-10 photos should be able to tell your town's story as well, or a single A4 page.

  9. Staff who work for RARMS and their families can make a submission, but will only be eligible to be considered for the popular vote prize.

  10. RARMS will review any submissions before they go up just to make sure they are OK.  If we have any concerns we will let you know and we can try to sort them out.  But you are responsible for any material submitted and published by RARMS.  By submitting your story you are agreeing to all the terms and conditions above.

 

 

RARMS IS PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS

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Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd was formed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to address the chronic shortage of doctors in rural and remote NSW.  Using the 'Easy Entry, Gracious Exit' model developed by RDN, RARMS has grown to support ten of NSW's most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to attract and retain GPs over the last 20 years.  Now an independent charity, RARMS acknowledges the work and dedication of RDN and its officers and staff in helping to establish Australia's most successful rural and remote medical workforce solution.

Our Clinics are independently accredited by external medical experts so our communities can be confident in our care.

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RARMS is a registered not-for-profit charity and every dollar we receive goes to improving the health and sustainability of rural and remote communities.

RARMS delivers more than 20,000 medical consultations every year, keeping our communities healthy and safe.

We pay our respects to all First Nation elders past, present and future from the lands where RARMS works.  RARMS  acknowledges the Awabakal people in Newcastle, the Wiradjuri, Ngemba and Kamilaroi people in Western NSW, the Hunter and New England, the Ngunnawal and Yuin people in Braidwood, and the Barkindji and Wilyakali people in far west NSW who are the traditional custodians of the land on which RARMS works.

Contact

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Hamilton NSW 2303

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Tel: 02 4062 8900

Email: info@rarms.org.au

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