Surgically trained rural GPs halved in past decade

Rural GP Dr Les Woollard, a former Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) president who has worked in the north western NSW town of Moree for over 30 years, told Medical Observer he blamed the RACS for the shortage of proceduralists.

“Most of the procedural colleges accept that there is a form of GP training that can be done and provide multi-skilled doctors for small towns like Moree. The only one that has never agreed and actively opposed such training is the RACS.”

But the RACS disputed the accusation that they were limiting rural doctors, including international medical graduates, from