Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable (the Roundtable)

The Roundtable was established in late 2015 to promote strategic discussion and to bring together key stakeholders to develop rural health policy. The Roundtable consists of 18 peak bodies representing the rural health workforce and the National Rural Health Commissioner. The Minister responsible for rural health chairs the Roundtable and the group currently aim to meet twice per year.

Page last updated: 31 July 2019

Seven Roundtable meetings have been held to date - in November 2015, April 2016, November 2016, June 2017, February 2018, August 2018 and March 2019.

Issues discussed at previous Roundtable meetings have included:

  • Distribution of the health workforce;
  • The role of Primary Health Networks in prioritising and commissioning services;
  • Remote area health workforce safety;
  • Indigenous workforce issues and support;
  • Work of the National Rural Health Commissioner;
  • National Rural Generalist Pathways;
  • Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) measures designed to strengthen rural GP telehealth;
  • A demonstration of the Health Demand and Supply Utilisation Patterns Planning (HeaDS UPP) tool;
  • Workforce data, current supply and future demand;
  • Work of the Distribution Working Group; and
  • Broader health system initiatives and targeting of resources.

Roundtable Communique’s


Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting, 28 March 2019
Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting, 24 August 2018
Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting, 9 February 2018
Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting, 30 June 2017
Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting, 16 November 2016
Rural Health Stakeholder Roundtable Meeting, 6 April 2016