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  • Road to Rural Program to expand in 2017


    22 December 2016

    The RDWA’s Road to Rural (R2R) Intern Program will expand in 2017 to offer 15 interns the opportunity to experience hands-on rural general practice.

    The 10-week program places interns at practices in Kadina, Jamestown and Port Lincoln.

    “The RDWA thinks it’s very important for interns to have exposure to rural GPs to truly appreciate rural general practice as a career choice,” said RDWA CEO, Lyn Poole.

    In 2016, the RDWA placed 10 interns. Lucy Haynes was one of them. She spent 10 weeks in the Kadina Medical Associates practice. Dr Haynes experienced what life is like in a rural general practice. She describes the experience as excellent.

    “I developed a passion for rural medicine and living in the penultimate year of my degree,” said Dr Haynes.

    “I feel very happy and privileged to be a junior doctor and to have so many opportunities still before me.”

    R2R provides interns with first-hand experience in general practice and in the local hospitals.

    The RDWA, in collaboration with Country Health Local Health Network (LHN), AOGP and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, developed R2R to provide rural general practice exposure to interns.

    “This program gives interns a taste of country,” said Lyn Poole.

    “The 10 interns who went out to country practices this year, had a great time and we are thrilled to be able to expand the number of available placements, thanks to the overwhelming support of our rural doctors,” she said.

    The practices involved in the R2R program are:

    Kadina Medical Associates

    Jamestown Medical Centre

    Boston Bay Family Health Practice (Port Lincoln).

    For further information please contact Lesley Johns at RDWA on 0412 583 577.

  • Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening


    22 December 2016

    Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program extended to Whyalla, Ceduna and Point Pearce

    Aboriginal children living in Whyalla, Ceduna and Point Pearce will benefit from a new ear health service to be delivered by Rural Doctors Workforce Agency’s Outreach program in 2017.

    The Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program is part of the RDWA’s Outreach suite of specialist health services provided to people living in regional and remote South Australia.

    The program is funded by the Australian Government.

    “We now have regular audiologist visits to provide services to Aboriginal children and young people,” said Rural Doctors Workforce Agency CEO, Lyn Poole.

    “This service will make a difference to the lives of those young people, and that’s exactly what the RDWA Outreach program is about - delivering specialists services to people who live in country regions,” she said.

    The Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program is operated throughout South Australia by the RDWA. The RDWA has partnered with the Women’s & Children’s Health Network’s, Children’s Audiology Service to deliver these services.

    There are 12 specialist health providers including Ear Nose and Throat specialists, Audiologists, Child Health Nurses and Speech Pathologists who make regular visits to 18 locations across SA.

    Since July 1, across the state, 686 children have had their ears assessed by a specialist, and 16 children have had life-changing surgery to restore or improve their hearing.

    The specialist services can be accessed through:

    • Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service in Whyalla
    • Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service in Ceduna
    • Point Pearce Clinic at Point Pearce.

    For further information please contact Lesley Johns at RDWA on 0412 583 577.