Working towards recognition of rural generalist medicine
Dr Michael Beckoff
ACRRM representative on the National Rural Generalist Recognition Taskforce
MBBS, FACRRM, FAICD, Assoc. Dipl. Agric (Dist)
Public consultation: Application for the recognition of Rural Generalist Medicine as a new field of specialty practice. Opens 17 October 2023, closes 12 December 2023. The consultation paper provides information on how to make your submission.
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have been working together with the Office of the Rural Health Commissioner since November 2019 to form the National Rural Generalist Recognition Taskforce. The Taskforce is seeking to facilitate recognition of Rural Generalism as a specialist field within general practice.
Many meetings have occurred between the two GP Colleges, ably chaired by the Rural Health Commissioner – initially Professor Paul Worley and now Professor Ruth Stewart – to progress this recognition. The Australian Medical Council (AMC) and Medical Board of Australia (MBA) as well as the Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) have been consulted as well as other medical colleges and many other stakeholders. We are delighted to be acknowledged as having achieved ‘Stage 1’ status in the overall process. Our efforts are now focussed on ‘Stage 2’, which is well underway.
This recognition is vital to ensure the success of the Rural Generalist Training Pathway programs in each state and territory, facilitated by the Rural Generalist Coordination Units in each jurisdiction. Skilled and well trained Rural Generalists provide valued services to rural and remote communities and with the expansion and success of this program, comes positive health outcomes and a much needed stable workforce.
The national consultation is now open and closes on Tuesday, 12 December 2023. The Consultation Paper has been published and circulated to key stakeholders. All interested individuals and organisations are encouraged to provide feedback.
Latest Update from the Rural Generalist Recognition Taskforce: Progress Update October 2023
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