Recruiting, retaining and supporting General Practitioners (GPs), Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in rural New South Wales, Australia

RDN Advisory Service

The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) works with rural NSW communities and key stakeholders to develop sustainable medical practices that will attract and retain doctors. One of the means by which RDN supports this goal is through its Advisory Service to practices and communities who may need or want to move away from the traditional model of a GP-owned and run rural medical practice. The Advisory Service can assist communities to access the experience of others and to identify the particular approach likely to be beneficial in their specific circumstances.

In August 2005 RDN appointed a dedicated Manager of Rural Medical Services Initiatives to strengthen the organisation’s expanding advisory and support role on innovative medical service delivery models. Advice and information includes:

  • A developing database of alternative models of general practice that have been established in Australia. When complete, this database will be available on this website. Information is currently available from the Manager of Rural Medical Services Initiatives on (02) 4924 8000. 
  • Provision of advice and facilitation to relevant parties (individuals, local councils, divisions, communities and others) enquiring about or actively considering alternative models of General Practice that would suit their particular circumstances.
  • A ‘trouble-shooting’ service for communities and medical practices where structural and governance issues hinder effective doctor recruitment and retention.

On occasion, contracted services to provide a scoping study of individual communities looking to implement an alternative arrangement to traditional general practice. 

Enquiries about RDN’s Advisory Service can be directed to the Manager Rural Medical Services Initiatives on (02) 4924 8000.