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Office of Rural and Remote Health (ORRH)

About us

The Office of Rural and Remote Health (ORRH) was established to provide a strong voice in the development of statewide policy, strategy and planning, and to foster stronger and more resilient health care in Queensland’s rural and remote communities. With its main office re-established in Townsville, the ORRH also has staff also in Brisbane and Cairns.

Underpinned by the Rural and Remote Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022-2027, ORRH provides a centralised and coordinated hub to respond to system-wide healthcare challenges, as well as providing practical support to smaller health services through the Rural and Remote Clinical Support Unit branch.

Our goals

Equity of Health Outcomes

Achieving equity of health outcomes requires both immediate health and wellbeing, and the factors that impact health and wellbeing, to be met. This includes addressing issues such as housing, literacy, employment and isolation so that people can live well, no matter where they live.

Integrated Person-Centred Care

Greater integration across healthcare and other settings will improve health outcomes through the delivery of comprehensive care, coordinated and aligned to an individual’s preferences for their health and wellbeing. Planning across organisational boundaries, innovation and high-quality leadership are key to achieving this.

Sustainable and skilled workforce

Health is human and having a workforce that represents and responds effectively to the varied and diverse needs of people across a lifetime, matter. Investing in people creates long-term sustainability; this means providing the right professional and personal supports and prioritising wellbeing.

Strong Partnerships

Achieving health equity requires a multi-agency approach to respond to both health needs and its determinants. This requires the system to align goals, forge strong partnerships, connect with communities and share accountabilities.

Last updated: 23 May 2022