Established in 1992, the Rural Health Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation that has played a critical role in redressing the health inequality between the city and bush by providing quality, accessible health education to those living and working in remote and rural Australia.
Since the start, the Foundation has delivered its services nationally via free-to-air satellite television, together with online services and DVD dissemination; overcoming the barriers for those living and working in remote and rural Australia where access to technology is limited and travel involves significant distance, time and expense.
Innovation and resourcefulness is a common characteristic of rural Australia, and the Foundation has often been a ‘first’…
… the first to utilise and establish a satellite network of sites to receive regular, accredited health education. This satellite network of sites grew from the original pilot of 7 sites in 1992 to 670 sites by 2012.
… the first to offer free, accredited health education programs as web-streamed videos and downloadable podcasts via their website.
… The first (and only) free-to-air, nationally-available health TV channel – the Rural Health Channel.
… The first narrowcaster launched on the government’s digital satellite (VAST) service
In the last 10 years the Foundation has produced over 300 health education programs, covering topics ranging from autism to cancer, dementia to adolescent self-harm, immunisation to telehealth
In the last triennium alone, the Foundation has produced 66 new education programs, 31 short stories and interviews, 5 in-depth Learning Guides and 2 online Active Learning Modules
In the 18 months of the Rural Health Channel, nearly 1600 hours of health education content were broadcast
Each year, between 15,000 and 18,000 DVDs of Foundation programs are distributed upon request across Australia.
View a short video about the Foundation