Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway

The Cairn's Consensus Statement defines 'Rural Generalist Medicine' as the provision of a broad scope of medical care by a doctor in the rural context that encompasses the following:

  • Comprehensive primary care for individuals, families and communities;
  • Hospital in-patient and/or related secondary medical care in the institutional, home or ambulatory setting;
  • Emergency care;
  • Extended and evolving service in one or more areas of focused cognitive and/or procedural practice as required to sustain needed health services locally among a network of colleagues;
  • A population health approach that is relevant to the community;
  • Working as part of a multi-professional and multi-disciplinary team of colleagues, both local and distant, to provide services within a 'system of care' that is aligned and responsive to community needs.

In 2012 and with the assistance of Health Workforce Australia funding, the Department of Health and human Services together with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, General Practice Training Tasmania, University of Tasmania Rural Clinical School, Tasmanian Health Organisations and Health Recruitment Plus, commenced a project to develop a model for rural medical generalist practice in Tasmania.

Project consultants from Bond University canvassed opinion from stakeholders around the state before delivering a Final Report to the project group in May 2013.

In September 2013, the DHHS appointed a Director of Rural Pathways, to A youth worker with a client at the Glenorchy PULSE Youth Health Centrethe GP and Primary Care team to develop and implement the RMG pathway in Tasmania.

Lead by the collaborative Rural Medical Generalist Coordinating Council, the Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway is now engaging with and supporting medical students, interns, RMOs and GP Registrars on their way to becoming Rural Medical Generalists in Tasmania.

For more information on the Tasmanian RMG training pathway, please contact the Director, Rural Pathways at allison.turnock@dhhs.tas.gov.au

To find out more:

What is the Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway?

What's happening in the Rural Medical Generalist Program? - Our latest news

Tasmanian Rural Medical Generalist Pathway Membership Forms