Delivering Specialist Medicial Care to Rural Australia

The Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges is the peak body for specialist medical colleges in Australia. CPMC is committed to improving the lives of rural and regional Australians.

A planning forum is to be held in Melbourne, on Wednesday 8 October, 2014 where all specialist medical colleges will be in attendance to discuss future funding for projects that support education for individual specialists in rural and remote locations in Australia.

Professor Michael Hollands said: ‘access to continuing professional development is vital in supporting rural workforce retention and reducing professional isolation. The best way to achieve a healthy rural Australia is by having well educated and up-to-date medical specialists available within the area.’

Since 2002, specialist medical colleges have worked in partnership with the Commonwealth government to provide clinicians with systems and networks to maintain clinical and professional standards. Known currently as the Rural Health Continuing Education programme, RHCE is managed by CPMC and has been highly successful is keeping specialists skilled up to work effectively in rural and remote locations. Some of the 36 current projects include upskilling specialists on Indigenous health and wellbeing through cultural awareness; telehealth modules for ophthalmology and diabetic screening; rural obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound practice, as well as echocardiography training. You can find out more at: www.ruralspecialist.org.au

CPMC awaits advice from the Commonwealth on future grant funding rounds but because Australia’s medical specialists are committed to the health of rural and regional Australians, we are planning for the future now.

Media contact: Ms Angela Magarry 0437 227 422