Strengthening South Australia’s rural GP pipeline

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From February 2017, four additional procedural training positions for registrars (GPs in training) will develop specialist medical services in anaesthetics and emergency medicine for rural and remote communities in South Australia.

South Australian general practice training organisation, GPEx, has collaborated with Country Health SA Local Health Network and metropolitan Local Health Networks to develop the additional positions.

GPEx CEO Christine Cook said that the new positions will build health workforce sustainability in areas of need.

“Members of rural and remote communities often need to travel to larger towns to receive specialist care, such as anaesthesia or emergency medicine.”

“By upskilling our rural registrars in procedural training in metropolitan Adelaide hospitals, they can take this newfound expertise to benefit their communities,” Christine said.

Christine confirmed that GPEx is committed to the retention of GPs in rural and remote South Australia.

“These positions provide our registrars with valuable practical experience for a lifelong career in general practice and assist in addressing the shortage of doctors with specialist skills in regional and rural communities.”

“GPEx is committed to identifying local specialist workforce needs and working collaboratively with partners, such as Country Health SA to develop long term solutions.”

The 12-month positions are located at Flinders Medical Centre, the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

The partnership involves CHSALHN as the fund holder, the metropolitan Local Health Networks as teaching hospitals and GPEx as the training coordinator.

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