National Rural Generalist Pathway
In mid-2020, all jurisdictions received funding for Coordination Units from the Commonwealth Government as part of the National Rural Generalist Pathway.
Between July and December 2020, Queensland Rural Medical Service (QRMS) engaged Health Workforce Queensland (HWQ) in a collaborative pilot project for post fellowship support in Queensland.
The aim of the pilot project was to gather information that will aid the design of the framework to support rural doctors post-fellowship across primary and secondary service domains. Furthermore, it will assist current and future medical practitioners to meet the needs of rural and remote communities under the national definition of a Rural Generalist as outlined in the Collingrove Agreement:
Rural Generalist (RG) is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific current and future health care needs of Australian Rural and Remote Communities, in a sustainable and cost-effective way, by providing both comprehensive general practice and emergency care, and required components of other medical specialist care in hospital and community settings as part of a rural healthcare team (Collingrove Agreement 2018).
The final project report is available here.
QRMS has now finalised arrangements with the Australian Government to further explore and progress the pilot project findings as part of the Government’s National Rural Generalist Pathway commitment and investment. QRMS will be developing collaborative leadership models with industry stakeholders and individuals to progress the work needed to enable flexible, supported and integrated rural generalist practice.
Focus areas will include:
- Supporting new rural primary care rotations through the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund – Rural Generalist initiative
- Increasing the support available to GPs wishing to extend their scope of practice into rural generalist medicine
- Investigating opportunities to flexibly deliver post graduate additional skills and advanced skills training closer to home
- Working with the profession to determine and streamline upskilling and skills maintenance requirements and processes
- Working with health services and practices to optimise integrated workforce models for the benefit of the communities they serve.
Project updates will be available here as work progresses.
For more information please contact QRMS’ National Rural Generalist Pathway Medical Advisor, Dr Dan Manahan, via email@example.com.