Helping rural medicos deliver quality care
MEDICAL professionals working in rural areas will come together for a valuable exchange of knowledge at this year's Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) conference.
The conference will feature an extensive program that includes clinical training, policy debates, research outcomes and more, making it a valuable event in the medical sphere.
RMA will co-host the gathering with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) as well as the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA).
The event will be held at the Gold Coast and attract more than 800 rural representatives.
ACRRM president Dr Ewen McPhee said he was excited for the variety of streams within the program.
"We have really gone all out this year to ensure there is a stream for everyone, with broad-ranging themes suitable from students right through to experienced doctors," he said.
The key themes the conference will explore are cultural health, women in health, family and community health, rural future, rural first responders, and rural doctors.
"We will have a dedicated student stream, which will have a range of clinical training sessions as well as career advice and assistance in navigating the variety of paths you can take and careers on offer in rural medicine," Dr McPhee said.
"This year will also see us holding a rural registrar stream, which will include tools and training for academic success and clinical skills development and career advice."
Mr McPhee said the sessions would also include how trainee doctors could take the psychological leap to work independently as a qualified practitioner.
"We are really looking forward to delivering the most comprehensive and well-rounded rural medicine program that's ever been on offer," he said.
RDAA president Dr Adam Coltzau said there would be opportunities to engage with rural health leaders, as well as being able to give direct input into future strategies of key organisations, at the conference's presidents' breakfast.
"On the final night, we will hold our annual gala dinner, where we will present our annual awards. This is always a highlight of the program and we all enjoy seeing our colleagues recognised for their dedication and hard work," he said.
"There will also be a range of rural specific pre- and post-conference workshops, including advanced life support, rural emergency skills training, ultrasound, anaesthetic crisis management, and pre-hospital and retrieval medicine.
"They are all fields of care in high demand in rural areas, and which can really make it worthwhile for many doctors to take the time from their practice to come to RMA," Dr Coltzau said.