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National Honours for Rural Specialist 

Dr Patrick Giltrap, OAM

Rural practice is highly regarded as a field of specialist practice in Australia.


Dr Giltrap is RARMS' longest serving general practitioner, having moved to Gilgandra to start practicing in 1983. His name is synonymous with community service. Dr Giltrap holds fellowship with both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).

In 2001 Patrick was awarded the Australian national honour, the Centenary Medal, for his service to medicine and the community.  In 2005 Patrick was named by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as "General Practitioner of the Year."  In 2010 Patrick was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for service to medicine as a general practitioner, and to the community of Gilgandra.

A Truly Unforgettable Time in Warren NSW

Dr Shaheed Choudury

My time with RARMS Health in Warren :"has been a journey where I have made many friends and made a special connection with the community. The time I have spent here has been truly unforgettable. During my time here, I have felt privileged to have helped the community in the past three and a half years. In particular, the highlights of my time here have been setting up a skin cancer clinic, and a focus on chronic disease management - Diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and emphysema etc. I enjoyed working here. I would like to thank the RARMS staff for their excellent support. It has been a pleasure to work with the RARMS staff.”

Flexibility is the Key

Dr Clem Gordon and Dr Diana Coote

"We have worked in rural general practice for 30 years. RARMS takes care of the practice and we are in control of clinical care. And we can take leave whenever we want! RARMS takes care of us and we know our patients are looked after"

RARMS 'a supportive organisation'

Dr Anthony Scherz, Locum

"I’ve found RARMS to be a professional, supportive organisation with a focus on the provision of quality, comprehensive rural health care."

A great RARMS experience in Walgett

Mohammad Sharier, GP/VMO

"I worked for RARMS in Walgett for 4 years. I had total flexibility on my roster, working environment and the staff were excellent and helpful in all aspects. RARMS helped me to settle in a small country town smoothly and was supportive all the time while I was doing my training with Remote Virtual Training Scheme (RVTS). I recommend RARMS as an employer - the best."

GP/VMO at Lightning Ridge

Sanjay Singh Jamwal, GP/VMO

"My 18 months at Lightning Ridge as GP/VMO would not have been possible without the support of RARMS. Being a non-profit organisation, RARMS is providing great services to remote communities. Also, RARMS understands every aspect that is important to rural GPs and facilitates them. I really found RARMS quite approachable, understanding, organised and eager to help. I would not hesitate to work with RARMS in future and also would recommend RARMS if a GP wants to practise in the outback".


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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

Email: info@rarms.org.au

ABN: 29 097 201 020

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