Rural Locum Assistance Program hits 10,000 placements milestone

Photo credit: Andrew Sikorski - Photo L-R: Rural LAP National Manager - Jessica Andrew, 10,000th placement recipient - Carmel Short, 10,000th placement host Roxby Downs Health Service - Megan Short and Janine Connell

The Rural Locum Assistance Program (Rural LAP) recently achieved a remarkable milestone with its 10,000th placement since its inception in 2011.

Registered Nurse Carmel Short, from Yorke Peninsula, marked this milestone with her placement at Roxby Downs Health Service in South Australia, showcasing her dedication to rural healthcare.

Carmel, having completed over 100 placements since joining in 2015, highlights the program’s vital role in improving rural and remote healthcare. Her contributions have supported 33 health services, with a majority of her placements taking place in South Australia.

Inside Ageing has recently interviewed other nurses who have undertaken placements and are equally enthusiastic about the people they were able to support and the places they were able to visit. For further information on what it is like to work as a locum read what they have to say…

Working in a remote Aboriginal community: Linda’s Story…Read more

A Journey with the Rural Locum Assistance Program: Judi’s Story…Read more

Linda Cornwall completed a three-week placement as a Personal Care Worker in the remote Aboriginal community of Oak Valley, South Australia.

Rural LAP National Manager Jessica Andrew acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of the locums and thanks them for their support.

As part of the Australian Government’s rural workforce capacity agenda, Rural LAP focuses on supporting various healthcare professionals, including nurses, obstetricians, aged care workers, anaesthetists, and allied health professionals in rural and remote areas.

For those interested in becoming a locum or exploring how Rural LAP can assist in finding a locum to cover leave, more information is available here –


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