Doubts over need for rural GP pathway

It’s being touted as the biggest initiative in a generation to raise up rural doctors, but the RACGP says it is unsure about the need for a National Advanced Rural Training Pathway.

Dr Kathy Kirkpatrick, chair of the RACGP national rural faculty recently told Australian Doctor: “I’m undecided on whether we need a national rural training pathway ... Each state is different and has its own workforce requirements.”

Dr Kirkpatrick was responding to a discussion paper put forward last month by the RDAA, which contains a raft of recommendations to develop a national rural training program based loosely on the Queensland ‘rural generalist’ model.

The RACGP has previously criticised the Queensland scheme for creating “hospitalists” who lack the necessary experience in general practice.

But the RDAA said in its discussion paper it was not about creating a new