National Rural Generalist Program (NRGP)
The National Rural Generalist Taskforce was established in May 2018 and released advice to guide the development of a national training pathway for Rural Generalists, and to harness the broad-based expertise of the rural health section. The National Rural Generalist Pathway aims to develop and implement a continuous and integrated Rural Training Pathway, adaptable to different jurisdictions and regionally driven, which attracts, develops and retains more students and trainees to rural medical training pathways who have a range of skills and scope which address the needs of Australia’s regions and towns and improves access to a wider range of medical services for rural communities and improving health, social and economic outcomes.
Aligning National and State programs
The Rural Generalist Program South Australian (RGPSA) seeks to align with the National Rural Generalist Pathway, however South Australia has a range of variables that need to be considered, such as state junior medical workforce influences, the construct of rural postgraduate medical training programs and the unique geographical and demographical make up of SA.
The RGPSA is also a key objective of the South Australian Rural Medical Workforce Plan 2019-24 to build a skilled medical workforce, new and sustainable models for rural health care and developing a collaborative and coordinated health system.
With a key objective of attraction, the RGPSA will provide a mechanism for engaging trainees interested in, or committed to Rural Generalism and will commence at the postgraduate or beyond (PGY2+) subject to a trainee’s successful entry to a GP training program or demonstrated commitment to rural medicine.
Governance and Stakeholders
The RGPSA is governed by the RGPSA Steering Committee with representatives of key stakeholders who will lead and guide the strategic direction and will monitor and oversee the state-wide implementation of the RGPSA.
RGPSA Stakeholders and Steering Group members are:
|Dr Mike Beckoff, Chair and Clinical Lead, RGCU||Lyn Poole, CEO – Rural Doctors Workforce Agency|
|Dr Jason Bament, Clinical Advisor – Emergency, RGCU||Stephanie Clota, CEO – GPEx|
|Dr Steve Holmes, Clinical Advisor – Obstetrics, RGCU||Dr Michelle McIntosh, Clinical Educator for the Rural Training Pathway – Flinders University Rural Health SA|
|Dr Pete Gilchrist, Clinical Advisor – Anaesthetics, RGCU||Dr Lucie Walters, Director – Adelaide Rural Clinical School|
|Dr Hendrika Meyer, Chief Clinical Advisor – Rural Support Service, SA Health||Prof Ruth Stewart, National Rural Health Commissioner|
|Dr Robyn Anderson, Principal Clinical Policy Officer – Rural Support Service||Dr Brian McKenny, Clinical Director, Mental Health|
|Reece Johnson, Trainee Medical Officer Unit – Rural Support Service||Dr Peter Rischbieth, President – Rural Doctors Association of SA|
|Marita Cowie AM, CEO – ACRRM||TBA, Australian Medical Association of SA|
|Dr Ken Wanguhu, General Practitioner – Rural Faculty of the RACGP||Dr Viney Joshi, Executive Director of Medical Services representative|
|Ben Shores, Acting Manager – South Australian Medical Education & Training (SA MET)||Prof Paul Worley, ED Clinical Innovation for RMCLHN|
Rural Generalist Coordination Unit
The Rural Generalist Coordination Unit sits in the Rural Support Service within SA Health that supports the six regional local health networks and will drive implementation of the South Australian Rural Generalist Program (SARGP) under directions of the Steering Committee. The Rural Generalist Coordination Unit will:
- Provide strategic support and advice to the regional local health networks in workforce planning to facilitate the delivery of the rural generalist training in rural health services and ensure expansion of training to meet workforce and community need
- Coordinate and support recruitment of trainees into rural generalism training pathways
- Liaise and collaborate with external agencies responsible for delivery of training and education
- Ensure ongoing quality control of training delivery and assist in improving training outcomes and experiences of trainees across South Australia; and
- Work to improve access and uptake to Rural Generalist training in rural and regional South Australia.