Hon­ing skills of ru­ral GPs

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

DOC­TORS train­ing to spe­cialise as ru­ral gen­er­al­ist prac­ti­tion­ers gath­ered in Roma last week for a three-day skills de­vel­op­ment work­shop.

South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of med­i­cal ser­vices Dr Chris Buck said the health ser­vice hosted more than 30 par­tic­i­pants in Queens­land Health’s highly re­spected Ru­ral Gen­er­al­ist Path­way train­ing pro­gram.

“The path­way trains doc­tors to com­bine their gen­eral prac­tice skills with an­other area of in­ter­est such as men­tal health, in­ter­nal medicine, ob­stet­rics or anes­thet­ics, mak­ing them in­valu­able in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas of Queens­land,” Dr Buck said.

“The ad­di­tional skills gained help doc­tors de­liver more com­pre­hen­sive med­i­cal ser­vices in ru­ral ar­eas where there are not many doc­tors.

“These skills have al­lowed for the re­in­state­ment of birthing ser­vices in some ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties – such as Cook­town and Beaudesert – and con­trib­uted to main­tain­ing the sta­bil­ity of our own birthing ser­vices here in the south-west at Roma, Charleville and St George.

“For in­stance, all our per­ma­nent doc­tors in the south-west, in­clud­ing my­self, are grad­u­ates of the Ru­ral Gen­er­al­ist Path­way train­ing pro­gram, so we were very keen to host one of the path­way’s work­shops in our re­gion,” he said.

Dr Buck said the three-day work­shop held at Roma had fo­cused on the va­ri­ety of skills nec­es­sary for ru­ral prac­tice, in­clud­ing sim­u­lated pa­tient sce­nar­ios, case-based learn­ing and skills sta­tions.

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