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View from Australia


Rural practice is alive and kicking down under.  There are many similarities between UK and Auzzie general practice, however the extremes of remoteness are more widespread in Australia.  As a result, there are many innovative projects ongoing to reduce the effect of peripherality, and improve access to healthcare.

The Royal Australian College of GPs has its own established National Rural Faculty, and it’s interesting to see what challenges they’re addressing.  Their newsletter BushAlert provides some great summaries of the work currently going on.  The latest issue – September – focuses on the challenges that can prevent women from working in rural practice, an issue that is certainly pertinent to UK practice too.

All the previous issues are archived on the site and are quick to read.  Why not have a look?

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Rural WONCA Conference – happening now

woncaHundreds of rural practitioners from all over the world are gathering today in Heraklion, Crete for the 9th WONCA Rural Health Conference.

There’s a focus on four key themes – health inequalities, technology, island medicine and health services for immigrants.  The full programme is available from the conference website, and we are hoping that some of the presentations might be available for later viewing, by those who couldn’t make it to sunny Crete.

One of our own editors (& chair of the RCGP Rural Forum) – Dr Malcolm Ward – is attending, and will be running a workshop to share experiences in developing better networking for rural GPs.  There’s a healthy contingent of expertise attending from other parts of the UK too, as can be seen from the programme.  Malcolm will be reporting on his conference experience to the RuralGP blog on returning to the UK.

RuralGP welcomes any comments or links with similar organisations in other countries.  If you’re one of our international readers, please get in touch if you wish to share your presentation or comments with the RuralGP blog.

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Feature Article: Challenges & Rewards of Rural Practice

An up-to-date look at the challenges (and better sides) of rural practice, published two weeks ago in the Journal of Rural & Remote Health.   In particular, they find that the biggest challenges lie with “soft issues” such as privacy and defining the boundaries of professional practice.

Miedema B, Hamilton R, Fortin P, Easley J, Tatemichi S.  The challenges and rewards of rural family practice in New Brunswick, Canada: lessons for retentionRural and Remote Health 9 (online), 2009: 1141

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Presentations – Helse Nord RHF

Here’s an intriguing project that I found whilst searching for content here.  Helse Nord is a collaboration between the North of Scotland and Norway, to exchange ideas about rural health care. 

There’s a myriad of presentations from their 2008 Conference.  I have no idea whether it’s still going on – perhaps we can be enlightened.  However it’s well worth a look – topics include rural training, community resilience and maintaining skills.

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