Philosophy Statement


  • acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, many of whom live in remote areas, as the first people of the Nation who have suffered and continue to suffer the impact of colonisation.
  • believes those living in Australia’s ‘remote’ areas are entitled to access quality Primary Health Care, including emergency clinical care, health promotion and public health services.
  • believes that collaboration within and between health care professional groups, services and other sectors which impact on health is fundamental to effective quality care and quality health outcomes for remote populations.

Remote Health Professionals

  • are specialist practitioners who provide and/or coordinate a diverse range of health care services for remote, disadvantaged and isolated populations within Australia and her Territories and who undertake appropriate educational preparation for their practice.
  • are guided by ‘health’ as a whole-of-life concept, encompassing physical, spiritual and emotional well-being of individuals, family, community and the environment.
  • embrace codes of professional ethics that respect cultural safety, the diverse range of social values, beliefs and lifestyles and commit to deliver care regardless of these differences. They adhere to standards of practice and aspire to provide the highest quality of health care at all times, seeking to achieve improved health outcomes.
  • value partnerships with other health professionals, individuals, families, local communities and outback towns to identify needs, plan care and evaluate services. To further this, they work to facilitate communication between these populations and both government and non-government organisations. Advocacy and empowerment are critical strategies used to promote health choices and self-determination.
  • are professionally accountable to engage in competent, reflective practice and accept their responsibility to maintain competence through professional development.