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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.