This course introduces students to the principles and practices of primary health care and public health in the rural and remote Australian context. Students will gain an understanding of the nature of rural society and how these societies have changed over time, including the influences of economy, environment, geography and cultural diversity. Demography and demographic change and its impact on rural society and life will be discussed and the health status and factor that influence the health of rural and remote Australians will be presented, including the health of indigenous Australian peoples. The impact of Australian history upon indigenous peoples will be introduced. Students will be introduced to the concept of cultural safety which includes basic communication principles for effective engagement with indigenous Australian clients. Different models of primary health care service planning and delivery will be presented. Concepts for inter-professional teamwork practice will be introduced. Students will gain an understanding of policies affecting rural health as well as learning about the role of health professionals in work in rural and remote areas and the issues that they face. The content is applicable for health practice with rural and remote clients in urban or rural settings and constitutes to fieldwork placement preparation.