Every rural GP knows the tragedy
of road death in a small town. Local teenagers were taking turns to have ‘driving lessons’. Six
were on the back of the ute when it skidded out of control and
flipped.  When emergency service workers arrived they met a scene of devastation.  The town’s GPs, Drs Clem Gordon and Di Coote, were busy at their surgery when they got the call to the hospital.  After driving to the hospital, just a few minutes up the road, Dr Coote sent a message back
to her husband. “Tell Clem to get his butt up here.”


One day in 1983, Dr Patrick Giltrap decided to stop moving. Six years working as a locum GP in every corner of country NSW, from Narromine to Cooma, had convinced him that rural general practice was the thing for him.

So Giltrap got a map of NSW and picked a place to start his own practice. Gilgandra, a small town of about 3,000 people 65 kilometres north of Dubbo, was where he went.


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Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd was formed by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to address the chronic shortage of doctors in rural and remote NSW.  Using the 'Easy Entry, Gracious Exit' model developed by RDN, RARMS has grown to support ten of NSW's most disadvantaged and vulnerable communities to attract and retain GPs over the last 20 years.  Now an independent charity, RARMS acknowledges the work and dedication of RDN and its officers and staff in helping to establish Australia's most successful rural and remote medical workforce solution.

Our Clinics are independently accredited by external medical experts so our communities can be confident in our care.


RARMS is a registered not-for-profit charity and every dollar we receive goes to improving the health and sustainability of rural and remote communities.

RARMS delivers more than 20,000 medical consultations every year, keeping our communities healthy and safe.

We pay our respects to all First Nation elders past, present and future from the lands where RARMS works.  RARMS  acknowledges the Awabakal people in Newcastle, the Wiradjuri, Ngemba and Kamilaroi people in Western NSW, the Hunter and New England, the Ngunnawal and Yuin people in Braidwood, and the Barkindji and Wilyakali people in far west NSW who are the traditional custodians of the land on which RARMS works.


Suite 2, 53 Cleary Street,

Hamilton NSW 2303


Tel: 02 4062 8900


ABN: 29 097 201 020

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