Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Program Newsletter - Edition 12

SAVE THE DATE: Tasmanian Rural Health Conference 2018

'Resilience in Rural Communities'

To be held at the LGH and NICS, Launceston on March 24-15, 2018

Rural Emergency Skills Training Course at NICS on March 22-23, 2018

Read a recent 'Mental Health, Resilience and Rural Practice' article

In this edition:

Director - Rural Pathways News:

Last week I had the pleasure of joining the first year University of Tasmania medical students for part of rural week at Camp Clayton. they visited the north and north west hospitals and clinical schools, explored some local attractions and participated in Wilderness Scenario Activities. We hope you enjoyed your week and look forward to seeing you in rural Tasmania again in the future.

The final year medical students are completing their portfolio interviews this week and will be putting in their rotation preferences for 2018 soon. The rural primary care intern positions are accredited and confirmed for 2018 so please consider these in your preferences. It will be a great opportunity to see your own patients with close supervision, and have an excellent teaching program.

We have filled te NWRH TRMGP RMO positions to commence in 2018. Congratulations to Drs Mafada Abdullah, Aaron Hawkins, Jasmin Tan and Norhalisa Termidzi. We look forward to you joining the TRMGP.

We are also happy to hear that HR Plus has secured funding for the Scottsdale GP RMO position to continue at the LGH for 2018 and 2019.

For those looking to do registrar training with GPTT, second round applications for AGPT will open on 26 September, 2017 and close at 10:00am on 9 October, 2017.

PROFILE: Dr Sarvin Randhawa, RMGCC Registrar RepresentativePhotograph of Dr Sarvin Randhawa

If I was told I will be working in the North West of Tasmania 10 years ago, I would have smiled and wondered how this would all work out having grown up in cities. My introduction to country work was as a medical student. We spent one week in Derby, WA and the surrounding remote communities. I was fascinated by rural work and applied to be a rural clinical school student in Narrogin, a wheat belt town in Western Australia. This was my best year in medical school and my aspiration to be a rural doctor begun. I came to the North West of Tasmania as a rural generalist resident. We were fascinated by the natural beauty of the region. I love the variety I see in my day at work and feel so fortunate to be able to drive along the beautiful coast daily to work without being stuck in traffic. I am grateful for the diverse role being a GP Registrar, working with a great team at Saunders Street Clinic, Wynyard and be involved with teaching medical students as well as a research project at the Rural Clinical School in Burnie. We got married earlier with year in Penguin and look forward to working and living in this beautiful part of the world.

Rural Primary Care Intern Positions

The rural primary care intern positions in Queenstown, King Island, Flinders Island, St Helens and Huon Valley have been accredited by PMCT and are confirmed to go ahead in 2018. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. Please note: term allocation will occur through your hospital's rotation preference process, which has not yet commenced. Special requests will be considered at that point and not earlier.

Winner to attend RMA17

RDAT and TRMGP are supporting Dr Jessica Carter to attend RMA17 - the national conference held by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and ACRMM - after her winning application describing why she would like to be a rural generalist.

Small Town Rural General Practice (FRACGPFARGP)

If you work in a community of less than 12000, provide emergency, after hours and hospital services locally, and are 45 minutes from the nearest referral hospital, you might consider doing Small Town Rural General Practice.

Remote Medicine AST (FACRRM)

If you work in a RA4-5 location, in aero-medical services, Antarctic medicine, for MSF, or in remote communities, you might consider doing a Remote Medicine AST.

General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) Board Director Position

Applications are open for 1 Registrar Director position. Apply by 12:00pm 21 September, 2017.

RPGP - Rural Procedural Grants Program

If you are a GP practicing emergency medicine in ASGC-RA 2-5 area, or a procedural GP in surgery, anaesthetics or obstetrics, you may be eligible for the RPGP, which provides $2,000 per day for maintaining your skills.

GPs practicing emergency medicine may receive up to 3 days or $6000; GPs practicing surgery, anaesthetics or obstetrics may receive up to 10 days or $20000.

Responding to Family Violence

'A Guide for Service Providers and Practitioners in Tasmania' is now available. It includes how to recognise, respond and refer, as well as where you can get assistance to manage this complex scenario.


The new Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway Calendar is LIVE!

Feedback suggested you wanted one place to go to find Tasmanian event, so we have collated them in our new calendar.

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