How to view the Rural Health Channel

The Rural Health Channel is being broadcast on Channel 600 via the Optus Aurora Digital satellite system which carries VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) services. VAST services provide digital TV to people who cannot receive terrestrial digital television and currently reaches nearly 140,000 clinics, medical centres, hospitals and households. Government estimates expect this number to grow to 250,000 by the end of 2013.

For those that do not have access to VAST, our RHEF network of satellite receiving sites have VAST and remain a place to visit and view the Channel. New digital set-top boxes have replaced the previous analogue boxes and have recording capabilities to record programs upon request.

Technical Help Line: 1800 646 015 (freecall)

What is VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television)?

As part of the government-mandated conversion from analogue to digital television, the VAST (Viewer Access Satellite Television) system has been setup to provide digital television to people who cannot receive terrestrial digital television; mainly those living in ‘black spots’ in rural and remote areas of Australia.

VAST provides the full range of free-to-air digital television channels that metropolitan areas enjoy as well as the Rural Health Channel (RHC). To determine if the area in which you live or work has access to VAST or to determine your eligibility visit the official website

Reliable broadband access to view high density data/TV in remote and rural Australia is still 5-8 years away.  Satellite TV is still a valuable part or the Foundation’s ability to provide quality, accessible education to healthcare teams and their communities.