The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway currently supports more than 380 medical officers across Queensland. A total of 234 Fellows have completed their training with the program since its inception in 2007.
Rural Generalist Medicine was founded in Queensland as a generalist medical discipline in August 2005 by a group of key stakeholders who convened in Roma to develop the concept of a supported training pathway to a career in rural medicine. The Roma Agreement can be found in the publications tab.
Through the Medical Officers’ (Queensland Health) Certified Agreement (No.1) 2005, Rural Generalist Medicine was recognised by Queensland as a generalist discipline in May 2008.
2023 QRGP Snapshot (current as at March 2023) is available here.
Several committees provide strategic direction and support to the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway program including:
- Queensland Rural Generalist Program Leadership Group
- Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway Reference Group
- Queensland Rural Generalist Training Hospitals Forum
- Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway | Regional Training Organisation Forum
- Advanced Skills Training Consultative Committees
- Directors of Rural Generalist Training Forum
These committees provide opportunities for key stakeholders and committee members to consult and report on emerging business and advise on policy, training requirements, educational and professional standards relevant to the QRGP.
Choosing a career path is complex and we encourage you to read and research about Rural Generalism and the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway. Below are some publications and reports that may be of interest to anyone considering a career as a Rural Generalist.
- Prevocational Integrated Extended Rural Clinical Experience (PIERCE): cutting through the barriers to prevocational rural medical education (2020)
- Access and outcomes of general practitioner obstetrician (rural generalist)-supported birthing units in Queensland (2020)
- Building a sustainable workforce in a rural and remote health service: A comprehensive and innovative Rural Generalist training approach (2016)
- Rural Generalism and the Queensland Health pathway – implications for rural clinical supervisors, placements and rural medical education providers (2013)
- Evaluation and Investigative Study of the Queensland Rural Generalist Program (2012)
Funded by Health Workforce Australia | Undertaken by Ernst and Young
- The rural generalist: a new generation of health professionals providing the rural medical workforce the bush needs (2011)