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Rural Programs


Definition of procedural GP

The definition of rural and remote procedural general practitioner adopted by the Commonwealth is one who:

“provides non-referred services normally in a hospital theatre, maternity setting or other appropriately equipped facilities, that in urban areas are typically the province of a specific referral based specialty.

Most commonly this refers to the fields of surgery, anaesthetics and obstetrics. Elements essential to procedural medicine include the use of appropriately equipped facilities and resources and involve a team of health professionals and the active engagement of the practitioner in an appropriate skills maintenance program in the relevant procedural areas.”

Definition of emergency medicine GP

For the purpose of the emergency medicine component of the Rural Procedural Grants Program, the definition of a rural and remote emergency medicine GP is

“a rural and remote practitioner who provides emergency medicine cover for non-referred services in an accident and emergency facility which is available for 24 hours triaging (hospital or other appropriately equipped facility – which provides a minimum equipment list of, but not restricted to : intubation, cannulation and defibrillation equipment), rapid diagnosis and management of the acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury such as those typically brought to the door by ambulance”.

Medical officers undertaking rural hospital based emergency medicine work may be eligible for this incentive.