Tasmanian Rural Generalist Pathway Newsletter - Edition 17

Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2019Save the date

23 - 24 March, 2019

Medical Science Precinct, Hobart

In this edition:

Director - Rural Pathways news

It's been all hands on deck recently as we prepare for an exciting 2019.

The Rural Generalist Coordinating Council has reviewed its Terms of Reference. We will be making a slight change from Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway, to Tasmanian Rural Generalist Pathway (TRGP) in line with other pathways around the country.

We will also be welcoming a new representative member to the RGCC from the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania (RDAT).

The TRGP team has been working hart to implement the Building Medical Workforce Capacity in Rural and Remote Tasmania project. This will allow for:

  • Final year medical student scholarships for selected students seeking to become rural generalists
  • Dedicated GP RMO rotations in anaesthetics at the LGH, and paediatrics at the RHH
  • Expansion of the GP RMO position to include opportunity on the North-West Coast. RMOs will be eligible to apply for a GP rotation at East Devonport Medical Centre, with a day per week at the Mersey Community Hospital
  • Commencement of an ARST/AST post in Mental Health in the North-West
  • Professional development support for existing rural generalists, especially those supervising

These new initiatives will occur over 2019 and 2020. We anticipate that this timing will bridge to the commencement of the National Rural Generalist Pathway, with 100 RG training positions announced in the Federal Budget to commence nationally in 2021.

Tasmanian Rural Health Conference, 23 - 24 March, 2019

Save the date for TRHC19 in Hobart.

It will immediately precede the National Rural Health Conference March 24-27, 2019 in Hobart.

For more information, please visit National Rural Health Alliance 15th National Rural Health Conference - 2019

Annual Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium, 20 September, 2018

Calls for abstract open until 23 July. Themes include:

  • Rural Health Workforce Development
  • Rural Training Strategies
  • Innovative Rural Service Delivery Models to Enable the Provision of Health Services to Meet Community Needs
  • Improving the Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People; and
  • Research with the Potential to Improve Rural Health

Contact terri.stevens@utas.edu.au for additional information

The Australian Government Health Workforce Scholarship Program

The Australian Government Health Workforce Scholarship Program has been announced and will provide grants to postgraduate rural health professionals undertaking further study in the field of medicine, nursing or allied health. The scholarship program will be administered by the Rural Workforce Agency in Tasmania HRPlus.

Applications close end of June, 2018

FREE online Palliative Care Training

Free online Palliative Care training is available to support you to apply the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach to Aged Care in the Community.

For more information, please visit #

GP Anaesthetist Map

A group of GP Anaesthetists got together online and created a map of where tMap of Australia showing the locations of Rural GP Anaesthetistsy are located in Australia.

Tasmania currently showing 2 at the LGH, 2 at the MCH and 1 at the NWRH

Map of GP Anaesthetists


The Tasmanian Rural Generalist Pathway Calendar is LIVE

Please email sharee.taylor@dhhs.tas.gov.au to have your event included in the calendar.

PTAS (Patient Transport Assistance Scheme)

GPs can now refer patients under PTAS for surgical termination of pregnancy services interstate.

Please visit the DHHS Patient Travel Assistance Scheme for more information.

New Green Book: Putting Prevention into Practice

The Green Book is a practice resource, supporting the implementation of evidence-based preventative activities in general practice, encouraging and reflecting a collaborative, whole of practice approach to prevention.

The RACGP's Green Book: Putting Prevention into Practice

Have you completed your FACRRM or FARGP in Tasmania?

Don't forget to apply for your Tasmanian Rural Generalist Pathway Certificate of Completion. The Conference dinner provides opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments.

Resilience defined

A video produced by Professor Ian Snape, who presented on resilience at TRHC18.

Rural Procedural Grants Program

The Rural Procedural Grants Program is for GPs doing emergency, anaesthetics, obstetrics or surgery too. See ACRRM or RACGP for more information.

Current Vacancies

RMO applications close Friday 29 June, 2018.

For the above, THS Registrar Recruitment and other THS/DHHS jobs, please visit Careers with the Tasmanian Government

For GP Registrar placements through GPTT, please visit General Practice Training Tasmania - Placement Process

Visit HRPlus for GP vacancies.