‘Now or never’ for united rural front

After two decades of being defined by their differences over rural health, Australia’s two GP colleges have struck an accord to revive old-fashioned multi-skilled general practice in country Australia. Under the guidance of Rural Health Commissioner Paul Worley, RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel and ACRRM President Associate Professor Ruth Stewart pledged to work together to develop a training pathway for rural generalist doctors to meet … Continue reading ‘Now or never’ for united rural front

Lilydale Family Health Care opens, replacing closed GP clinic

The former owner of Lilydale’s GP practice is charging patients to have their medical histories transferred back to the clinic, and has reportedly refused to allow the new owners to keep the old phone number. The Lilydale GP Clinic closed in December, but the town’s pharmacy owners opened Lilydale Family Health Care in the same building in mid-January. The former clinic owner, Advanced Rural Health, which comes under … Continue reading Lilydale Family Health Care opens, replacing closed GP clinic

Rural commissioner needs to be a doctor

The federal government will soon invite applications for the new post of National Rural Health Commissioner to fix inequities in health outcomes and health workforce shortages in the bush.   After the Senate passed enabling legislation on Wednesday night, doctors groups stressed the need to have one of their own in the inaugural role.  Dr Ewen McPhee, president of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, said … Continue reading Rural commissioner needs to be a doctor

Training and access must be major priorities for Australia’s new rural health tsar

Reducing cost of living pressures for Australians living outside the major cities and improving training pathways for rural generalists ought to be major priorities for the new National Rural Health Commissioner, the RACGP urged Thursday following passage of the legislation. The Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) Bill 2017 passed the Senate overnight, providing for the establishment of a new rural health tsar to develop and … Continue reading Training and access must be major priorities for Australia’s new rural health tsar

No ‘rift’ over rural training

The last thing anyone wanted during parliament’s last sitting week was the suggestion of a rift between the RACGP and ACRRM. After years of policy work, doctors dedicated to bridging the health gap between metro and country Australia were elated by the lower-house passage of a bill to pave the way for a more rural-specific health workforce. Dr Ewen McPhee, president of the Rural Doctors … Continue reading No ‘rift’ over rural training

Canberra sees “lite” on rural GP training

The government is restoring a “lite” version of a popular prevocational general practice training scheme that it axed in 2014 as a waste of money.   Applications are open for rural clinical schools to pin down 240 intern placements  in rural general practice to be made available under the scheme, budgeted at $10 million a year, the government said.  “It is a step in the right direction,” … Continue reading Canberra sees “lite” on rural GP training

Federal Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie announces changes to rural general practitioner graduate placements

Tasmania’s rural communities are set to benefit from federal changes to the way medical graduates are assigned to their post-graduate general practitioner placements.  Federal Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie was in Hobart on Monday to announce a $220 million per year investment into the selection of medical graduates for the Australian General Practice Training program The government funds 1500 entries into the GP program each year, … Continue reading Federal Assistant Health Minister David Gillespie announces changes to rural general practitioner graduate placements

Internet lag affecting doctors: AMA

Lagging connection in rural and remote areas in compromising medical development, says the Australian Medical Association. The AMA on Tuesday released its position paper about rural health and internet connectivity.  AMA Tasmania vice president Dr Annette Douglas said regional and remote communities across Tasmania already dealt with disadvantages compared to their more metropolitan counterparts.  “These communities often have more difficulty accessing health services close to home, … Continue reading Internet lag affecting doctors: AMA