Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd (RARMS) is an Australian health charity established in 2001 to support vulnerable rural and remote communities to establish and operate community-based medical centres in their towns.
Over the last 20 years we have supported more than 15 communities to access reliable, safe and high-quality health and medical care delivered by doctors, nurses and health staff who live and work in these communities.
Without RARMS, these communities would not have access to high-quality primary health care locally and would be forced to rely exclusively on fly-in, fly-out doctor services, telehealth or outreach programs.
For communities with high levels of chronic disease, this would lead directly to the avoidable deaths and hospitalisation of many people in these communities.
Without RARMS, these communities would lose the jobs and economic activity created by local health services and would no longer be able to retain and attract the workforce that is critical to Australia's ability to sustain economic production in commodities - which represents 65% of Australia's export wealth.
RARMS is both a health services provider and an advocate for disadvantaged rural and remote communities. Our goal is to help communities to build sustainable health care that is responsive to their needs and priorities.
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