Female Doctors Group
The Female Doctors Group (FDG) is a RDAA special interest group that brings together female rural medical practitioners, registrars and medical students to discuss issues of concern, share wisdom and lend support.
The FDG meets regularly (by teleconference) and takes on specific projects.
FDG teleconferences are held at times which fit in with professional and family commitments. They usually conducted in the evening and limited to 1 hour.
Guest speakers are sometimes invited to participate in the teleconferences to comment on current issues of interest.
The FDG also holds at least one face-to-face meeting each year. The most recent of these meetings was held at Parliament House in March 2011. This venue gave the FDG the opportunity to invite a number of high profile female politicians to the meeting to talk about the challenges of rural practice and the impact of government health policies and programs.
Working safe in rural and remote Australia project
The FDG takes a keen interest in RDAA’s Working safe in rural and remote Australia project which aims to develop a community-based response to working safe in rural and remote Australia for health professionals, teachers and police.
The project arose following a meeting with stakeholders instigated by the FDG in 2008 and is being funded by the Department of Health and Ageing.
Women in Rural Practice
The FDG partnered with the Rural Health Education Foundation in the production of a documentary entitled Outback Healers and Heroines: Women GPs in Rural Practice, which featured several FDG members.
The documentary is available on DVD and has been broadcast on SBS television.
The program promotes rural general practice and highlights the achievements of women in rural general practice. It was first produced in 2009 and has since been re-edited and distributed to mainstream television.
New members welcome
Membership of the FDG is free and not limited to RDAA members, although RDAA membership is encouraged.
For further information contact Linda Huf on (02) 6239 7730 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.