Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Program - Newsletter Edition 15

Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Program - Newsletter Edition 15

Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2018 - Regis2 student places left; 1 place left for RESTtrations OPEN

'Resilience in Rural Communities'

To be held at the LGH & NICS, Launceston on March 24-25, 2018

To register, please visit Eventbrite Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2018

Email us: TasRuralHealthConference2018@dhhs.tas.gov.au

In this edition:

Director - Rural Pathways news:

2018 is now well underway and its been a busy start for Rural Generalists.

In Tasmania, through the National Partnership Agreement, we have secured funding for the Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway for a further 3 years! More details about what that means will be available soon.

In February, the National Rural Health Commissioner net with the RACGP and ACRRM to form the Collingrove Agreement. Here an agreed definition of what a rural generalist is was made.

A Rural Generalist (RG) is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific current and future health care needs of Australian rural and remote communities, in a sustainable and cost effective way, by providing both comprehensive general practice and emergency care, and required components of other medical specialist care in hospital and community settings as part of a rural healthcare team.

The Rural Medical Generalist Coordinating Council has agreed to adopt this new definition of a Rural Generalist in Tasmania.

There will be lots of opportunity to talk to Prof Paul Worley, National Rural Health Commissioner at the Sunday session of the Tasmanian Rural Health Conference, where he will be speaking at the opening session.

Thank you all for your support of the upcoming conference. The pre-conference REST workshop has only ONE place left, and student tickets are SOLD OUT! There is a waiting list for student tickets, so please let us know if you are no longer able to make it. I look forward to seeing you all there.

The Conference is being co-convened by the Rural Medical Generalist Coordinating Council and the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania (RDAT). You can find out more by visiting the Rural Doctors Association of Tasmania online or you can follow them on Twitter @RDA_Tas

Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2018

If you are attending the Conference, please keep your rural colleagues involved by using #TRHC18 on social media.

We have confirmed a number of additional sessions in the last 6 weeks including:

  • Oral Health Services will be running a theoretical session on identifying common dental and soft tissue diseases that occur in the oral cavity, strategies for screening for common oral pathology and signs requiring further investigation and primary assessment and management of acute trauma and chronic conditions in the oral cavity. This session will end with a quick tour of the new Special Care Dental Unit at the LGH. They will then be running a skills session as part of the Rustica skills sessions on drug choice and administration of local anaesthesia for oral and dental presentations and managing dental trauma in the first instance.
  • Indigenous Eye Health Unit, University of Melbourne are presenting on the gap in eye health caused by diabetic retinopathy, cataract and reduced visual acuity. There will be an introduction to this session on identification of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people in your practice. This will be followed by a Rustica Skills Session to practice some of the skills outlined in the lecture.

Postgraduate Training Grants 2018

The Hub is offering a limited number of grants to assist medical postgraduates and supervisors who live and work in rural Tasmania to access training and professional development that is not available locally.

Doctors current living and working in rural Tasmania will be eligible to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 for one or more of the following:

  • Courses or workshops - for RMOs and Registrars to access courses or workshops that are required as part of entry to or completion of an approved College Training Program and are not available locally
  • Scientific meetings or conferences - for RMOs and Registrars to attend scientific meetings or conferences of direct relevance to a College Training Program
  • Specific skills training - for Vocational Trainees to gain specialised experience not available locally
  • Supervision training - for Supervisors to attend workshops or courses that will assist in developing their skills and knowledge as educators and facilitators of learning
  • Resources - to purchase relevant training resources wuch as textbooks, journal subscriptions, online training modules or access to online libraries.

Other eligibility requirements also apply.

Applications are now open and will close on Tuesday 10 April, 2018. Please email rural.traininghub@utas.edu.au for further information.

Experience of GPs with Australian Indigenous Cultural Training

A survey by a UOW medical student - participate by visiting Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine - Experiences of General Practitioners with Australian Indigenous Cultural Training

First AAD UTAS Masters of Public Health (Remote and Polar Health) Graduate

Congratulations to Dr Jan Wallace. You can about her experience by visiting University of Tasmania - Extreme Study

University Departments of Rural Health

University Departments of Rural are making a difference. You can read the research by visiting Rural and Remote Health - University Departments of Rural Health: is a national network of multidisciplinary academic departments in Australia making a difference?

RACGP Foundation Grants

RACGP Foundation Grants are on offer to complete research in general practice are now OPEN. Please visit the RACGP Foundation for more information.

JCCA (Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia)

The JCCA have a new curriculum that you can access by visiting the RACGP - Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia (JCCA) There is a RACGP Rural GP anaesthetist forum on Tuesdat 17 April, 2018. To register, please visit the RACGP website There is a RACGP Rural GP anaesthetist forum on Tuesday 17 April, 2018. To register, please visit the RACGP website.

Codeine Use and De-prescribing Pathway

This is now live on the Tasmanian HealthPathways website. Check it out today!

Wellways to Health

This is a program supporting people with stress, mild anxiety or depression. PHT have funded Wellways to provide this program free in communities around Tasmania. Search for events in your location by visiting the Wellways website

Have you completed your FACRRM or FARGP in Tasmania?

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


The new Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway Calendar is LIVE!


North West Ultrasound Course - May 2018

Emergency Management of Severe Burns  - June 2018

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

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