RACGP Rural has been a major presence in the ongoing discussions about the development of a National Rural Generalist Pathway. The Collingrove Agreement, announced in February, delivered a solid foundation for these discussions. We have had several meetings with the National Rural Health Commissioner and the Minister for Rural Health to consider options for best supporting training pipelines that will develop high-quality doctors for our rural communities.
With 19,000 members, including nearly 8000 practising GPs working in regional and remote Australia, RACGP Rural has worked hard this year to increase engagement and provide new educational opportunities.
Our inaugural General Practitioner Anaesthetists (GPA) Discussion Forum was a great success and provided an opportunity for GPAs to consider the ongoing developments in this area of practice. A GPA Working Group was established and will provide advice as RACGP Rural continues negotiations with the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to achieve the best diploma and governance outcomes for our members.
RACGP Rural attended many conferences throughout the year, covering the length and breadth of the country. We presented workshops to assist members undertaking the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) and delivered the Rural Hospital Clinical Simulation and the Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) active learning modules (ALMs) at GP17. POCUS was also delivered for the first time in regional areas, which proved popular with our members in Bunbury, Western Australia and Burnie, Tasmania.
Our achievements would not be possible without the efforts of many people. I wish to thank those that have contributed, including our faculty Board members, Rural Education Committee members, medical educators, Regional Training Organisation (RTO) staff, workshop facilitators and faculty staff.
Other notable achievements include the following.
- This financial year saw a record number of FARGP enrolments, with 75 registrars and 20 practising GPs signing up.
- RACGP Rural members have led the response, or provided input, to over 30 submissions and position statements, and provided other advocacy at state and federal levels.