Media Releases 2013

57 documents.
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35,000,000 reasons to urgently fix troubled system
In the lead-up to the federal budget, the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) is again urging the Federal Government to fix the troubled healthcare classification system that last year resulted in a $35 million budget blowout. But while RDAA says amendments to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system are well overdue, it has stressed that any fix must be undertaken in genuine consultation with frontline rural stakeholders.
08/05/2013
Changed rural classification system – just what the doctor ordered
Rural doctors say urgent action is needed to change the flawed ASGC-RA classification system that has made it even more difficult for many rural towns to recruit and retain doctors. The Rural Doctors Association of Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s announced intention to change the system, but is adamant that swift action is needed, following the long period of inaction on this issue. Dr Sheilagh Cronin, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), said that after years of lobbying she was relieved that common sense had finally prevailed.
26/05/2013
Coalition looks to the future of General Practice
Rural doctors have welcomed the Coalition’s focus on general practice and front-line health care in its health policy platform announced this week. Dr Sheilagh Cronin, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), said she was pleased to see that the Coalition’s health policy included a number of strategies from RDAA’s election platform. “The Coalition have recognised the importance of general practice, and have included measures to keep rural practices viable as well as securing a pipeline of future rural doctors in their health policy,” Dr Cronin said.
23/08/2013
Commit to rural training pipeline to end doctor drought, major parties urged
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) is urging the major parties to commit to funding a national rural training pipeline that would underpin and boost the productivity of rural Australia into the future. “Delivering more well-trained, home-grown doctors to country communities would be a lasting legacy for the one-third of Australians living in the bush, and a true ‘nation building’ project that the next Federal Government would be well remembered for” RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said.
14/08/2013
Doctors hope Coalition victory will be good medicine for rural health
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has congratulated the Coalition on its weekend election victory, adding that it is looking forward to working with the new Federal Government to improve access to local healthcare services for rural and remote Australians. RDAA CEO, Jenny Johnson, said the Association had been particularly pleased with the strong interest the Coalition had shown on rural health issues during its time in Opposition, and trusted this would flow through to its time in Government.
09/09/2013
Education tax caps will impact rural patients and doctors
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has warned that the recently announced cap on tax deductions for work-related self-education expenses will have a particularly severe impact on rural doctors, and could discourage them from working in rural and remote areas or providing more complex medical care in their country communities. RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said the cap has real potential to compromise the continuing professional development of doctors and consequently the quality of patient care, and is inconsistent with health workforce programs introduced by governments to develop a pipeline of skilled doctors for rural and remote areas.
18/06/2013
Getting back to basics to revive rural health -- RDAA launches Election Platform 2013
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has urged the major political parties to get back to basics to secure a sustainable, home-grown medical workforce to improve access to healthcare in rural and remote areas. The comments come with RDAA’s launch of its Election Platform 2013, now available at www.rdaa.com.au (go to Quick Links on the home page).
22/04/2013
Greens listen and act on rural mental health
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed a commitment from the Australian Greens to boost access to rural mental health services, adding the policy is a direct result of significant efforts the Greens have made to consult with rural Australians on their mental healthcare needs.
21/08/2013
Greens listening on rural health policy – Labor and Coalition urged to lift cone of silence
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed a formal statement by the Australian Greens that supports numerous RDAA proposals to get more doctors to country Australia, and improve access to rural health services. The statement responds to RDAA’s Election Platform, which was sent to the Greens, Labor, Liberal and National parties in April. Both RDAA’s Election Platform and the Greens’ response can be read in full at www.rdaa.com.au (go to Quick Links).
12/08/2013
Healthy Communities report not so healthy for rural
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed yesterday’s release of the National Health Performance Authority’s Healthy Communities report, saying it is a timely reminder that there is more work to be done to ensure rural and remote Australians have “even adequate” access to local health services. “The key message from this report is that where Australians live has a noticeable impact on whether they will get care when they need it, within acceptable waiting times and at a price they can afford” RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said.
08/03/2013
High achieving medical student receives national award
Fifth year medical student and rural health advocate, Jerry Abraham Alex, who is studying medicine at James Cook University in Queensland, has been named the Telstra RDAA Medical Student of the Year for 2013. Awarded at a gala dinner on Saturday night in Cairns, as part of the national rural doctors conference, Rural Medicine Australia 2013, Jerry was recognised for his dedication towards promoting rural health as a career path and his passion for rural Australia. Dr Ian Kamerman, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), said Jerry was an outstanding role model for other rural medical students.
05/11/2013
Hit rural health home-runs to win votes, doctors urge in cliffhanger election
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) is urging Labor and the Coalition to pick up the policy bat and hit some home-runs with solid rural healthcare initiatives, given this election campaign is shaping up to be a cliffhanger where every vote will count. “This is an election that will be hard fought seat by seat, vote by vote, particularly in rural Australia” RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said. “Given this, any party choosing to ignore the aspirations of voters in the bush will do so at their peril."
05/08/2013
Husband and wife team named Telstra RDAA Rural Doctors of the Year
Glen Innes doctor duo, Dr Peter Annetts and Dr Trish Mackay, have been jointly named the Telstra RDAA Rural Doctors of the Year for 2013. Drs Annetts and Mackay are a husband and wife team who have been providing high quality medical care to their community for the past 30 years. They were presented with the award during a gala dinner held in Cairns on Saturday night as part of Rural Medicine Australia 2013, the national conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). They are both partners in their general practice in the town, as well as providing procedural care at the local hospital in obstetrics, and accident and emergency.
05/11/2013
Joint communique -- Peak professional bodies unite to oppose tax on learning
A broad range of peak professional bodies have joined together to call on the Federal Government to abandon the proposal to cap tax deductions for self-education expenses. At a time when education has never been more important, the measure effectively imposes a tax on learning. The Government has not made the case for change and it has ignored the importance of self-education and mandatory continuing professional development for the safety and quality of services in key sectors such as healthcare delivery as well as for Australia’s economic future. The $2,000 per annum cap will discourage many people from progressing professional careers and will especially disadvantage rural areas reliant on health practitioners with broad and up-to-date skills.
10/07/2013
Letter to the editor from RDAA CEO, Jenny Johnson – regarding the federal election campaign 2013
Attention newspaper / publication editors: Please find following a letter to the editor from the CEO of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), Jenny Johnson, for possible inclusion in your publication.
02/09/2013
Letter to the editor from RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin – regarding the federal election campaign 2013
Attention newspaper / publication editors: Please find following a letter to the editor from the President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), Dr Sheilagh Cronin, for possible inclusion in your publication.
14/08/2013
Media alert -- Federal Budget 2013 -- RDAA commentary availability
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has various federal and state representatives available to provide pre- and post-budget media interviews. Follow us on Twitter (@RuralDoctorsAus) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/RuralDoctorsAssocAus) for initial reax following the lock-up on budget night.
13/05/2013
Media alert -- Invitation to official launch: workingsafe.com.au website
Media are invited to attend the forthcoming launch of a critical website aimed at preventing workplace violence against professionals in rural and remote Australia, including doctors, nurses, other health professionals, teachers and police. workingsafe.com.au is a one-stop shop for information about preventing workplace violence in rural and remote communities. Its primary aim is to provide employers and professionals in rural and remote Australia with tools and information on various strategies they can adopt to improve workplace safety and prevent workplace violence.
11/02/2013
Minister Fiona Nash to open major rural doctor conference
The new Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, will officially open the major Rural Medicine Australia 2013 conference, to be held next week (31 October - 2 November) in Cairns. The annual conference is jointly organised by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). This year’s conference is set to break all attendance records, with approximately 650 delegates now registered to attend. The conference is being preceded by the first ever World Summit on Rural Generalist Medicine (being held on 30 and 31 October, also in Cairns).
23/10/2013
New online hub to tackle violence against rural professionals
In a major national initiative, rural doctors, nurses, police and teachers have joined together to combat violence against rural and remote professionals through the development of a critical online hub, workingsafe.com.au. Being launched tomorrow (Wednesday 20 February) in conjunction with the National Rural Women’s Conference in Canberra, the website is one of several key outcomes of the Working Safe in Rural and Remote Australia project. The project has been undertaken by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Australian Nursing Federation, Police Federation of Australia, Queensland Teachers’ Union and CRANAplus, and funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Department of Health and Ageing.
19/02/2013
New President for Rural Doctors Association of Australia
The new President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), Dr Ian Kamerman, says the Association wants to engage closely with the new Federal Government as it works to improve access to healthcare services and health professionals in rural and remote Australia. “We welcome the strong level of engagement we have already seen from the Government on rural health issues” said Dr Kamerman, a rural generalist doctor practising in Tamworth, NSW. “At our annual conference last week, the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, said that inequalities in access to health services in regional Australia will be a major focus for her, and that she will consult closely with organisations like ours to deliver improvements. “It is very pleasing to see the Government already taking action."
04/11/2013
Personally controlled electronic health records
A national e-health program is being rolled out across Australia that is giving patients the opportunity to have their health information stored as an electronic record.
20/08/2013
Queensland country girl receives Rural Registrar of the Year Award
Dr Crystal Pidgeon, who grew up in Longreach and now works in Adelaide and Port Augusta, has been recognised for her outstanding work in General Practice and Aboriginal Health, being awarded the Telstra RDAA-ACRRM Rural Registrar of the Year Award for 2013. Dr Pidgeon was presented with the award during a gala dinner held in Cairns on Saturday night as part of Rural Medicine Australia 2013, the national conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). Professor Richard Murray, ACRRM President, said he was delighted to be recognising a young doctor for her dedication, the inspiration she has provided to others, as well as her outstanding clinical skills.
05/11/2013
RDA NSW media release -- Scholarships on offer to help rural NSW medical students
For the fourth year, 'The Land' newspaper is offering two scholarships to support second year medical students from rural NSW in 2014. Dr David Richmond, President of the Rural Doctors Association of NSW (RDA NSW) and a rural generalist doctor in Cowra, NSW, said it was great to see NSW’s most iconic rural paper supporting medical students in this way.
26/11/2013
RDAA Election Platform 2013
This is RDAA's election platform for the 2013 Federal Election.
22/04/2013
RDAA Election Platform 2013 -- one page overview of recommendations
This is a one page overview of the recommendations contained in RDAA's election platform for the 2013 Federal Election.
22/04/2013
RDAA Election Platform 2013 -- summary
This is a summary of RDAA's election platform for the 2013 Federal Election.
22/04/2013
RDAQ media alert -- Annual conference, 7-9 June, Mackay
RDAQ's 2013 annual conference, "Digging deep for rural health – living and working on the land", will focus on the changing role of occupational and industrial medicine in rural Queensland.
13/05/2013
RDAQ media alert -- Conference alert to emergency medicine needs
Rural doctors from throughout Queensland — many of whom treated patients during the flood and cyclone natural disasters of recent years — will hear from one of the world’s experts on emergency medicine at RDAQ's annual conference in Mackay next month.
13/05/2013
RDAQ media release -- Best-selling author spreads word on rural health
A serious horse-riding accident that caused life-threatening injuries to best-selling author and beef producer Alice Greenup in 2003 will be one of many highlights at next month’s Rural Doctors Association of Queensland annual conference in Mackay.
13/05/2013
RDAQ media release -- Cloncurry and Oakey docs take top medico awards
Cloncurry GP and RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, has been awarded life membership of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland. A former president of RDAQ, Dr Cronin was recognised by her peers and industry colleagues at a gala dinner in Mackay on Sunday night to conclude the organisation’s annual conference. RDAQ also acknowledged former President and Oakey GP, Dr John Hall, with its highly prized ‘Legend of the Bush’ award, a rare honour bestowed on members who have provided longstanding service to the organisation and its ethos of providing first class advocacy for rural doctors to improve health outcomes in the bush.
11/06/2013
RDAQ media release -- Moura must come first in hospital plans
Reports that Moura Hospital in Central Queensland is at risk of closing is of serious concern to all rural Queenslanders reliant on small hospitals for their medical care, according to Rural Doctors Association of Queensland President, Dr Adam Coltzau. Dr Coltzau said the Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service, which administers public health care in the district, should consult widely with the community, local government and Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's office before any decision is taken on the hospital's future. Dr Coltzau said closing Moura Hospital would significantly reduce emergency and procedural services available to local residents in a town of 3000 people that was expected to double over the next decade on the back of energy sector growth.
06/02/2013
RDAQ media release -- Rural docs welcome new script for rural health
Immediate past President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland, Dr Adam Coltzau, has welcomed today's announcement by Queensland Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg MP, to build a Rural and Remote Framework that will establish baseline medical services across Queensland. Speaking to more than 200 rural doctors at this weekend's RDAQ annual conference in Mackay, Mr Springborg said the "minimum service model" would deliver levels of care matched to community needs. Mr Springborg offered a guarantee that services would only be maintained or enhanced under the plan and not downgraded or closed.
11/06/2013
RDAV media release -- Rural hospitals a vital link in the emergency chain
Rural hospitals and rural doctors play a vital role in providing critical emergency and on-call care, and the recent serious incident involving a patient at Kyneton Hospital has highlighted the importance of maintaining these facilities. Dr Mike Monynihan, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria (RDAV), said that the controversy surrounding the handling of a patient with a life-threatening haemorrhage has again demonstrated that hospital standards must be established and enforced in order to ensure adequate emergency and on-call services are available in rural areas.
01/02/2013
RDAV media release -- Rural residents at risk from cutbacks
In the wake of the latest Federal Government hospital funding cutbacks passed on by the State, Victorian rural hospitals have already started to decrease services placing patients lives at risk. Dr Mike Moynihan, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Victoria, said that these cutbacks will affect every rural hospital in Victoria at a time when they are already struggling to deliver the services needed by their communities.
01/02/2013
Real solutions, not bandaid fixes, will drive a speedy recovery for rural health
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says that with the election of the new Coalition Government—and the significant increase in medical graduates over recent years—now is the time to implement real strategies that will support more doctors to enter rural and remote medicine and meet the challenges of providing medical care in country communities. RDAA has responded with concern to a Grattan Institute report recommending that pharmacists replace doctors for some services in rural and remote areas. RDAA is concerned that this could significantly compromise the provision of quality healthcare, and in some cases patient safety, and could lead to a reduction in other services provided by rural doctors.
02/10/2013
RMA 2013 - Save the date
Hosted by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), Rural Medicine Australia 2013 (RMA2013) is the peak annual national conference for doctors working in rural and remote communities. Around 500 doctors, registrars, junior doctors and medical students, as well as academics and educators with an interest in rural and remote health care are expected to attend.
19/07/2013
Roads and rail bypass rural health on highway to the election
While the major parties have promised billions of dollars for the building of road and rail projects in almost every state, doctors say that additional funding for crucial rural health infrastructure has, to-date, been bypassed this election. “Many rural towns need expanded facilities so that more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals can provide much-needed healthcare to their communities” President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said. “Inadequate infrastructure is holding many rural medical practices back from being able to expand their services."
19/08/2013
Rural doctors back national disability insurance scheme
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed the proposal by the Federal Government to fund a national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia. “Assuming funding for it is approved by the Federal Parliament, this scheme will provide much-needed support for severely disabled Australians and their carers—support that has been desperately needed, and desperately lacking, for many years” RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said. “The scheme will play a particularly important role in assisting those severely disabled Australians and their families living in rural and remote areas."
01/05/2013
Rural doctors pay the price for education cuts
Rural doctors will be particularly disadvantaged by the recent announcement of a cap to the taxation deductions for self-education expenses, limiting the amount they can claim for the life-saving training they complete each year. These reforms limit the amount doctors can tax-deduct for self-funded work-related education expenses to $2,000 per person from 1 July 2014 – not even enough to cover the registration fee for many courses.
19/04/2013
Rural doctors prepare for major national conference
Rural doctors from across Australia are preparing to gather in Cairns next month, to update their medical skills and knowledge, and discuss key rural health policy issues at their major national conference, Rural Medicine Australia 2013 (RMA 2013). Over 500 doctors, registrars, other rural health professionals and medical students are already registered to attend this major annual conference of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
03/10/2013
Rural doctors seek urgent action on flawed classification system
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says it is hopeful the new Federal Government will urgently amend the flawed classification system that makes it difficult for many small rural towns to recruit and retain doctors. It says the introduction of the so-called ‘Monash Model’ would make the Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) system much more accurate and reliable in classifying rural locations.
18/11/2013
Rural doctors to hold national breakfast briefing for federal politicians
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) will hold a national breakfast briefing for federal politicians at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 13 March 2013. More than 50 politicians including Ministers, Shadow Ministers, MPs and Senators, will be meeting with around 30 rural doctors from right across Australia, to discuss the key national health policy issues facing rural doctors and their patients.
14/03/2013
Rural doctors want commitments before Federal election
Rural doctors are seeking commitment from both the Government and the Opposition on their support for rural medical services. Dr Sheilagh Cronin, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), said that there is now eight months for both sides of government to commit to maintaining and increasing their support to ensure a viable future for rural General Practice and rural procedural medical services.
01/02/2013
Rural Doctors welcome Coalition support to scrap education tax
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed the news that the Coalition has joined the ranks of those calling for the Labor Government to scrap the proposed cap on self funded work related education expenses. After a meeting today with a Scrap the Cap Alliance delegation, Christopher Pyne, Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, on behalf of the Coalition, added their support in calling for an end to this tax on learning.
26/07/2013
Rural doctors welcome health portfolio appointments
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has welcomed the appointment of Peter Dutton MP as the new Federal Health Minister and Senator Fiona Nash as Assistant Minister for Health, saying both have been strong advocates for rural doctors and the rural health system while in Opposition. “Both Minister Dutton and Senator Nash have always been available to listen to our concerns about the rural doctor workforce shortage and the need to improve access to local healthcare services for rural and remote Australians” RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said.
16/09/2013
Rural health receives the right treatment from The Nationals
Rural doctors are congratulating The Nationals for finally giving the rural health sector the right treatment. Dr Sheilagh Cronin, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia, said that this comprehensive plan for regional health is some of the most welcome news country doctors and their patients have received so far this election.
22/08/2013
Sturt Fleurieu GP Training and RDASA media release -- Sturt Fleurieu establishes Rural Generalist Anaesthetics Training
In response to strong demand, leading GP training organisation, Sturt Fleurieu, has created two new Anaesthetics positions aimed at increasing Rural Generalist training in South Australian rural areas. Sturt Fleurieu CEO, Dr Bruce Mugford, said of the initiative: “These positions will address fundamental clinical training components for GP training in Anaesthetics which are currently in short supply. They will guarantee dedicated procedural anaesthetics positions for rural Sturt Fleurieu general practice registrars, and create a vital link between large hospital experience and delivery in rural areas.”
30/07/2013
The good, the bad and the ugly -- mixed budget for rural patients
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) says, for rural Australians and particularly rural patients, this year’s federal budget is firmly a case of the good, the bad and the ugly.
14/05/2013
Time for real action to revive rural generalist practice
Governments and other stakeholders must act urgently on the opportunity presented by the increased number of Australian medical graduates to secure a pipeline of rural generalist doctors for country communities, the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) has warned. RDAA has this week lodged its submission responding to Health Workforce Australia’s consultation on a draft national rural medical generalist (RMG) framework for bolstering the number of rural generalists trained to provide general practice and acute care services in rural settings. “The RMG framework put forward by Health Workforce Australia is a step in the right direction, but there is still work to be done to achieve the right policy settings to deliver larger numbers of rural generalists to communities across Australia” RDAA President, Dr Sheilagh Cronin, said.
03/07/2013
UGPA media release - UGPA calls on Government to fast-track review on current rural workforce classification system
Australia’s general practice leaders call on the Government to fast-track the review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) system and implement the necessary changes to ensure GP incentives are best aligned to community and workforce need. Since its inception, the ASGC system has received wide-spread criticism from the general practice and the wider health profession, which spurred the preceding Government to commit to a review of the system. The Coalition government has since indicated that it also recognises that the existing system is flawed and that changes are needed.
15/11/2013
UGPA media release -- Confusion threatens patient access to after-hours care
Meeting in Canberra today, United General Practice Australia (UGPA) has expressed serious concerns about threats to the availability of general practice after-hours services around the country. UGPA leaders unanimously agreed that, without urgent action, patient access to quality GP after-hours services would be compromised. The provision of after-hours services is currently hampered by increasing red tape and confusion around the new arrangements. Furthermore, this may also be a disincentive for practices to remain accredited as providers of high quality care.
12/06/2013
UGPA media release -- General practice profession opposes tax on learning
Australia’s general practice leaders have unanimously called on Government to reverse plans to cap self-education related tax deductions at $2000 per year, describing the ‘tax on learning’ as an ill-considered decision that will damage Australia’s doctors’ and medical trainees’ skill sets. Australian GPs are highly skilled and committed to high quality medical care. Australian general practice leads the world in delivering great health outcomes for our patients, and training, education and ongoing CPD are fundamental to this. A recent survey conducted by the Australian Medical Association, an UGPA member organisation, showed that 79% of the nearly 600 doctors surveyed paid over $5,000 in self education expenses each year.
01/07/2013
UGPA media release -- GP leaders demand no budget cuts to GP care
Australia’s GP leaders – United General Practice Australia (UGPA) – met in Canberra today to discuss a range of issues affecting general practice, with the primary focus on the Government's current review of Medicare rebates for patients with chronic and complex disease. UGPA members unanimously called on the Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, to immediately rule out any cuts to Medicare support for quality GP care in the May budget.
06/03/2013
UGPA media release -- UGPA calls on Government to address clinical utility of the PCEHR as an urgent priority
Australia’s general practice (GP) leaders are calling on the Government to heed concerns raised by GPs regarding the significant clinical utility issues associated with the Personally Controlled eHealth Record (PCEHR) system and address them as an urgent priority. At a recent United General Practice Australia (UGPA) meeting in Canberra, representatives of the GP sector unanimously agreed that the focus of the PCEHR needs to be redirected to clinical utility and standardisation to ensure seamless clinical adoption.
16/10/2013
UGPA media release -- UGPA leaders insist on immediate training reforms to increase Australia's GP workforce
Australia’s general practice (GP) leaders have warned that accessible and affordable healthcare in Australia is under threat unless more junior doctors are encouraged to enter general practice. At a recent United General Practice Australia (UGPA) meeting in Canberra, GP leaders agreed that there is an urgent need to significantly increase GP training numbers to capture the surge of junior doctors coming through the hospital system. Medical undergraduate training places were originally increased to redress the rural and outer metropolitan community’s access to general practice services; however, UGPA believes decisive action by the Government is needed to increase GP training numbers to ensure that Australia attains a balance between the general practice and specialist workforces.
19/03/2013
Victorian rural doctor receives national accolade for dedication to his community
Dr John Menzies, a rural doctor from Camperdown in Victoria, has received the ACRRM-RDAA Peter Graham 'Cohuna' Award in recognition of his outstanding advocacy and medical service to the Camperdown community. The ACRRM-RDAA Peter Graham ‘Cohuna’ Award is awarded annually by ACRRM and RDAA, in memory of Dr Peter Graham AO who dedicated almost 50 years’ service to the Victorian community of Cohuna and passed away in 2008, aged 80.
06/11/2013