Honing skills of rural GPs
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.