NSW Rural Generalist Program
The NSW Rural Generalist Training Program is an initiative for the NSW Ministry of Health. The following information about this training program is from the NSW Health Education and Training Institute.
Rural Local Health Districts (LHDs) face increasing difficulty attracting and retaining General Practitioners (GPs) and hospital non specialists to district hospitals to provide services in Emergency Departments and to provide procedural services particularly in anaesthetics, obstetrics and gynaecology, emergency medicine and mental health.
The NSW Ministry of Health have developed a structured training package linking some of the existing NSW initiatives to create a clear rural generalist career pathway with formal recognition and credentialing in General Practice/Rural Medicine as an end point.
Rural Local Health DistrThe Rural Generalist Training program is a supported career pathway which will result in qualifications as a Medical Practitioner who can work in a General Practice setting as well as in a hospital providing secondary medical care in a rural town (typically a NSW District Health Service). Primary care training and an advanced skill (such as mental health, obstetrics, anaesthetics and/or emergency medicine) is required and training is tailored individually as a co-ordinated package from entry to graduation.