Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Program - Newsletter Edition 16

Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2019


March 23-24 2019, Hobart

In this Edition:

Director - Rural Pathways news:

Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2018 'Resilience in Rural Communities'. The Launceston event saw 119 attendees discuss topics from dental care, to hepatits management, to retrieval, to resilience. The event was attended by the Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson after which Ministers unanimously agreed to a nationally consistent approach to mandatory reporting that removes barriers for registered health professionals to seek appropriate treatment.

Please note that if you are a THS employee you are able to use the Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential service, Search for EAP on the THS intranet for more information. Or book an appointment at 1300 687 327 (24hrs a day, 7 days a week).

April saw the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference in New Dheli, India. The 'Delhi Declaration' and slides by Dr John Wynn-Jones.

Thank you also to all of the rural practitioners that provided feedback to inform the State government response to the Senate Inquiry into the accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia.

Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2019

Save the date for the TRHC in Hobart, which will immediately precede the National Rural Health Conference March 24-27, 2019 Hobart

For more information, please visit 15th National Rural Health Conference 24-27 March, 2019

The Australian Government Health Workforce Scholarship Program

This 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.

Pain Management Resources

New NPS resources on neuropathic pain are available online

The Australian Pain Society has released the Pain in Residential Aged Care Facilities: Management Strategies, 2nd Edition.

Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice - RACGP

Codeine Rescheduling - ACRRM

What is your favourite pain management resource? If you would like to share with the group, please email sharee.taylor@dhhs.tas.gov.au and we will include it in our next newsletter.

PTAS (Patient Transport Assistance Scheme)

GPs can now refer patients under PTAS for surgical termination of pregnancy services interstate. Please visit the Patient Travel Assistance Scheme

How does Broadband affect you in your rural community?

Please feel free to share this survey with your staff and patients to see how their broadband access affects their ability to access health services, such as telehealth.

RACGP Foundation Grants

RACGP Foundation Grants to complete research in general practice are now open. please visit the RACGP Foundation to apply.

Emergency Medicine Foundation: Rural and Remote Research Program

EOI is currently open for $50,000 to support a collaborative research project in the fiend of emergency medicine for the benefit of rural and remote patients within Australia. For more information, please visit the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

Article of interest

Women in rural family medicine: a qualitative exploration of practice attributes that promote physician satisfaction.

Three themes emerged:

  1. Professional relationships
  2. Practice characteristics
  3. Support during times of transition

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 an opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments.


The new Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway calendar is LIVE!


North West Ultrasound course in May

Emergency Management of Severe Burns in June

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

Current Vacancies

See HRPlus for GP vacancies