Join the CARPA Management Committee

Are you a health professional in remote Australia and a member of CARPA?

Interested in remote health advocacy but not sure where to start?

Join the CARPA Management Committee  

  • We are a small grass-roots organisation, whose purpose is to be a focus for multidisciplinary activity in support of primary health care in remote and First Nations communities of Australia.
  • Our main role is the governance of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals, including the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual. Your input as we work towards the next edition will be welcomed.
  • We have a one-hour online meeting per month.
  • If you’re interested in getting involved, please join our committee by sending an email to

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Urbis 2018 RPHCN Manuals Review

This is the Final Report of the Review of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals (the review), conducted by Urbis between July 2017 and December 2017. The review was commissioned by the Department of Health (the department) to inform future iterations of the manuals. We examined appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency dimensions of the production and use of the suite of manuals. The overarching purpose for our review was to provide the department with options for improving the provision of point of care uidelines to support the delivery of timely and high quality primary care in remote Australia.

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Annual Report 2023

CARPA AGM October 2023: Chair report 

In 1984 a group of rural and remote health professionals came together to form CARPA, a platform for multidisciplinary activity to support primary health care in remote and First Nations communities. As a small but respected grassroots organisation, we provide an avenue for rural and remote health professionals to make their voices heard. Today, our vision is still to be a driving force for improvements in primary health care in remote Australia. 

For their work towards this goal, I’d like to thank our management committee members: Katie Michell (Treasurer), Lyn Byers (Secretary), John Wright (Vice Chair), Chris Perry, and Tony Lane.

This year, our key efforts have been the joint governance of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals (RPHCM), remote health advocacy, exploring ways to improve preparation and support for managers in remote health, and partnering with the Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC) for the development of an RPHCM orientation module.

RPHCM governance:

The CARPA Standard Treatment Manual was first developed in Central Australia in the 1990s. Given the broad range of knowledge required to provide good quality healthcare in isolated settings, remote health professionals came together to develop a book of treatment protocols to improve the standard of healthcare in remote Aboriginal communities.

Since then, CARPA has partnered with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (the Women’s Business Manual), CRANAplus (the Clinical Procedures Manual), and Flinders University (the Medicines Book) to form the jointly governed Remote Primary Health Care Manuals suite.

This year has seen the release of the new editions of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals, including the 8 th edition of the CARPA manual. Eligible health services have received sufficient complimentary copies of the manuals to meet their operational requirements, and we are now working on opening up distribution to individuals. Other activities include commissioning a formal review of the manuals and updating the clinical governance, editing, and indexing processes in preparation for the next edition.


Our advocacy efforts this year include participation in the Climate and Health Alliance, and consultation input for the NACCHO-RACGP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Care Guidelines Project, and the National Heart Foundation ACS guidelines review.

Remote health managers project:

Poor management has a significant impact on staff wellbeing and retention. I’d be surprised if you could find an industry where this doesn’t hold true, and remote health is no exception. Managers in remote health are often dropped into the role without training or support as the ‘last one standing’. Previous remote-specific management training courses were either cancelled or put on hold due to low uptake and a lack of support from health services.

Following our initial collaboration with CRANAplus, Flinders University, and James Cook University, CRANAplus has established a Remote Managers Network (see if you’d like to join), and CARPA’s Vice Chair John Wright has successfully advocated for and implemented monthly management education workshops and a leadership support and development forum in his workplace (Tennant Creek Hospital).

There is still much work to be done in this space, and CARPA will continue to advocate for improved preparation and support for remote health managers in the coming year.

Manuals orientation RAHC module:

Following the release of the RPHCM new editions, we’ve partnered with RAHC in the development of a free online orientation module for the manuals. Development of the module is in its final stages, so stay tuned for its release!

Many thanks for your continued support over the last year.
Warm regards,
Laura Wright

Australian guideline and calculator for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk

CARPA was represented by chair, Laura Wright, on the reference group developing the 2023 Australian guideline for assessing and managing cardiovascular disease risk and associated Australian cardiovascular disease risk calculator (Aus CVD Risk Calculator).

We are pleased to be involved in this important work and urge members to promote the use of the new guidelines through their networks.

What we do

Support Education and Professional Development

CARPA supports the education and professional development of remote and Indigenous health professionals. We do this though sponsoring education events and supporting individuals to undertake activities or attend events.

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Develop Resources

CARPA develops resources to support high quality care in remote and Indigenous health, including activities to improve the utilisation of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals.

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Governance of Remote Primary Health Care Manuals

CARPA plays a key role in the governance and production of the Remote Primary Health Care Manuals. These are a suite of clinical guidelines for primary health care practitioners working in remote Indigenous health services. They guide clinical practice in many areas across rural and remote Australia.