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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
In recognising the special requirements of rural communities across the State and the need to provide medical services based close to the people who require them, a task force was implemented in 1987 which aimed at establishing a strategy to provide rural communities with primary medical care services.
The AMA (WA) through its membership of the task force recommended the establishment of the rural workforce agency now known as Rural Health West. With the enthusiastic support of the Health Department of Western Australia, the Rural Doctors Association and Country Shire Councils, Rural Health West began operating in 1990 as part of the Department of General Practice at the University of Western Australia.
Today, Rural Health West, an independent organisation, and the AMA (WA) each year contract medical practitioners for work across the State, working with private practitioners, Divisions of General Practice, Aboriginal Medical Services and hospitals.