Rural generalist pathway initiative one step closer

Dr Mara said his association, the RACGP, ACRRM, the AMA and GPRA had spent the past 12 months negotiating a set of agreed principles for a pathway to provide appropriate training for rural GPs.

“It is a workforce measure as much as a training and education measure,” Dr Mara said.

“Rural Australians need a doctor who can provide GP services and expanded hospital-based services like accident and emergency medicine, or surgery, or obstetrics or anaesthetics.”

Key principles include early access from medical school and ongoing professional mentoring, access to advanced training posts and acknowledgement of the advanced skills and qualifications achieved.

“We need to move away from the idea that rural Australians can make do with any doctor that can be found to fill a workforce gap and recognise the skills that are required to work in remote communities,” he said.

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