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Become a member of Rural Health West

We consider our members an essential element of the organisation.

Our members act as a sounding board for new initiatives, provide support for our advocacy work on issues that impact health services and workforce in country Western Australia, and act as our eyes and ears on the ground in rural communities.

Having a strong and healthy membership is vital to ensuring that we are accurately representing the views of Western Australia’s rural and remote health workforce. We do this at local, regional, state and national level.

We invite individuals who work or have an interest in the rural health sector, and organisations which operate in or support rural Western Australia to become members of Rural Health West and help us to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to quality healthcare.

Contact our Memberships Coordinator to find out more about becoming a member.

Rural Health West has encouraged and supported my chosen career path, from a new graduate working in rural Western Australia to opening my own physiotherapy clinic in the Wheatbelt. My passion is rural physiotherapy and Rural Health West has helped shape this passion and make my dreams a reality.

Karen Rodgers-SmartPhysiotherapist

Membership categories

If you are already a member, you can renew your membership online below. There are two membership categories available:

Health Professional Member

A Health Professional Member is a health professional who satisfies the following:

  • Resides in a rural or remote area; and/or
  • Currently practises in a rural or remote area; and/or
  • Shows a demonstrable interest in rural health in a Rural and Remote Area (as determined by the Board from time to time); and
  • Is registered with a health practitioner board under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) 2010. (Special dispensation for health professionals or other occupational groups who are not eligible to be registered with a health practitioner board as determined by the Board from time to time); and
  • Is able to demonstrate significant experience and achievement in their respective field (as determined by the Board from time to time).
  • Is of good standing as determined by the Board.
  • Is 18 years of age or older.

Fee: $25.00 per annum 

Organisational Member

An organisation which meets each of the following criteria:

  • Operates or resides in a rural or remote area, the Perth metropolitan area or other States and Territories (as determined by the Board from time to time).
  • Is committed to bettering the health and wellbeing of communities in rural and remote areas.
  • Is of good standing as determined by the Board.

Fee: $100.00 per annum

Life Membership

Life Membership is granted to individuals to recognise their significant contribution to rural and remote health in Western Australia, and/or participation in or direct service to Rural Health West (or WA Centre for Rural and Remote Medicine).

Life Members:

  • Emeritus Professor Max Kamien (2012)
  • Dr Felicity Jefferies (2013)
  • Dr Malcolm Hodsdon (2014)
  • Professor Geoffrey Riley (2016)
  • Dr Stephen Langford (2017)
  • Professor Antonio (Tony) Celenza (2020)

Membership entitlements

Membership with Rural Health West allows you to have a voice at the following events:
Please note:  You do not have to be a member to access Rural Health West’s services and programs.

MembershipAnnual General Meeting & General Meeting AttendanceAnnual General Meeting & General Meeting VotingBoard ElectionAnnual Fee
Health Professional✔️✔️✔️$25

Rural Health West Board of Directors

The composition of our Board of Directors is outlined in the Rural Health West constitution.

  • Four Health Professional Directors, elected by members of which:
    • Two will be medical practitioners;
    • One will be a nursing and/or midwifery health professional; and
    • One will be a dental or allied health professional.
    • One will be a Country Local Government Director, who is an appointed representative of an Organisational Member who is a member of a local government authority which is located in a rural and remote area
  • Four Independent Directors appointed by the Board of which one will be the Chair and one will be the Company Secretary.

For further information on membership, please contact the Rural Health West Memberships Coordinator or telephone (08) 6389 4500.