Rural docs elect new president

The Tasmanian GP was elected to the leadership at the RDAA’s annual conference in Sydney last Saturday, replacing Dr Ian Kamerman in the top job.

High on his agenda will be the task of ironing out details of key rural medical workforce reforms and lobbying for better rural training opportunities.

“The challenge now is to get all the skittles lined up in a row,” Dr Pashen told MO

“With the loss of the PGPPP program, we are hoping new training initiatives will link in to meld a pipeline for rural medical recruitment and retention.”

To be successful, a new rural workforce sustainability plan will not only require incentives targeting areas where they are going to be effective, but also strategies to make sure young doctors are properly trained and encouraged to go there, he said.

Assistant health minister Fiona Nash drew cheers when she outlined long-awaited changes to the District

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