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Students celebrate long-awaited commitment to rural generalism

10 Feb 2018


Medical students interested in working in rural and remote health are celebrating yesterday's agreement to develop a framework for a national Rural Generalist Pathway.

The Australian Medical Students Association Rural Health Committee (AMSA RHC) welcomes the announcement by National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Paul Worley of the agreement between the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to develop a national framework for Rural Generalism as a medical specialty.

Nic Batten, AMSA RHC Co-Chair, said: “We are thrilled to hear that ACRRM and RACGP have together committed to the goal of a National Rural Generalist Pathway.”

Ms Batten said the Rural Generalist role is critical to addressing the complex healthcare needs of our rural and remote communities. It will also offer a clear career path for students and young doctors who want to work in the bush.

Many students who are committed to working in rural communities aspire to work as an all-rounder doctor, caring for patients in a range of settings and with the skills to match. Rural Generalism offers a wonderful combination of general practice and advanced skills, such as anaesthetics, emergency medicine, or obstetrics. This allows doctors to obtain further training in their areas of interest and best serve the needs of their community.

“For young doctors, this framework represents an exciting opportunity - a clear rural training pathway, options to pursue their interests, and the flexibility of having their qualifications recognised across states.” Ms Batten said.

“This program is a first step towards addressing the maldistribution of the workforce in regional areas, ensuring better health outcomes for rural Australians,” Ms Batten said.

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Published: 10 Feb 2018