Preparing for Rural GP TermsRural GP placements are an essential part of GP training and have been for over ten years. CSQTC aims to help prepare GP Registrars for rural GP Terms. It is important for GP Registrars to discuss with Training Advisers when rural terms are best placed in their training.
When a GP Registrar is going to undertake a rural general practice placement there is a lot to organise. GP Registrars may feel dislocated from their usual family, friends and environment. It is important to plan appropriate moving of furniture and equipment and consideration to family and friends and their needs. A GP Registrar’s personal needs are very important at this time.
CSQTC personnel, including Officer Managers in our rural District offices and Medical Educators located in rural areas, can assist GP Registrars settle into a rural community along with their family, if their family comes with them. For GP Registrars with families it is a very important consideration as to whether they go to the rural location with our without their family. As far as possible CSQTC would like to encourage GP Registrars to take their families with them and to relocate to the rural area. This maximises the learning and allows the GP Registrar to genuinely feel a part of their community during this time. CSQTC acknowledges that it is not always possible for GP Registrars to relocate with their families and we will still endeavour to provide support and assistance where possible for all GP Registrars.
The Queensland Rural Medical Family Network (QRMFN) can also be of great assistance to doctors relocating with their families to rural areas. QRMFN was formed to recognise, empower and support rural medical spouses, partners and families. In doing so, they strive to support the doctors in rural and remote practice and training throughout Queensland.
In order to achieve this, the Family Network provides a range of information, referral and support services. Ultimately, QRMFN and its services are designed to enhance the lives of medical families in rural communities. QRMFN recognises that a doctor’s family plays a crucial role in his or her decision to take up and remain in rural practice.
Please read more about practical tips for preparing for rural placements, which contains useful information for GP Registrars and GP Trainers.