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


Some comments from rural NSW GPs and doctors, including OTDs, about their rural practice experience and support by RDN and those around them:

"I would like to thank all who contribute to our support in rural areas and confirm that we are all appreciative of them. It is great to feel supported." Rural GP Survey August 2015

"I am fortunate and very grateful to RDN, who has provided me tremendous support throughout my journey of pursuing my career." Rural GP Survey August 2015

"Rural Doctors Network NSW helped me a lot at the beginning to establish me in a rural town. I am still grateful to RDN." Rural GP Survey August 2015

"40 years of general practice has been a fulfilling, challenging and enormously rewarding career.  Rural practice has been the highlight of my career and once established in rural practice, the idea of relocating to a capital city was never an option because the quality of life in the rural setting is so much better." Rural GP Survey August 2015

"I remain very satisfied with my decision to practice in a rural location. Looking back, a rural placement … when I was a medical student contributed to my decision to go rural." Rural GP Survey August 2015

"I love working rurally. General practice is so much more rewarding with more variety for pursuing special interests." Rural GP Survey August 2014

"I love working in Broken Hill, people are friendly, community is nice, you are valued as an individual, supervisors are very supportive and less commute time." Rural GP Survey August 2014

"Rural practice is interesting and also you can take care of patients properly, as they do not change from one practice to other frequently." Rural GP Survey August 2014

"I am very thankful to RDN and the staff who placed me in NSW rural general practice. I believe I give a lot to this community as a genuine caring GP and this town and people give a lot to me and my family." Rural GP Survey August 2014

"I am enjoying my time in rural Grafton which has all the facilities I need including excellent schools for my children and good shopping facilities. There are also good leisure and sports activities which makes our stay enjoyable." Rural GP Survey August 2014

“I am pleased to say that I am enjoying working here and experiencing new things. Everybody is friendly and I have had good support. Just wanted to update you about my progress and show my appreciation for all your support and help.” Dr Moghaddam, March 2013 (recruited from Iran)

“It’s the delights of the patient population that so touch me. People have amazing stories and backgrounds, they are incredibly appreciative and welcoming.” Sydney-based Dr Meg Higgins of her GP outreach service for the Lightning Ridge Aboriginal community, 2013

“We enjoy the sense of community that comes from living in a small town. When you’re a GP in a rural town you’re an automatic part of the community.” Dr Tim Rumball, 2012 - read more in Dr Tim Rumball Profile (PDF, 110KB)

“I have loved being a rural GP. Very rewarding to know that you have been valued. It’s exciting to see younger doctors taking it up with enthusiasm, and a better sense of work/life balance.” GP Survey August 2012

“Just wanted to say a warm thank you for your help in securing the [Bush Skills] grant. We are really appreciative of the role RDN plays in welcoming doctors and their families to regional communities – believe me it makes a lot of difference.” Dr Mohammed Asif, 2012

"I find working in a rural area most rewarding in many ways, thank you for your support RDN." GP Survey August 2012

"Your Coffs Harbour workshops are great. We have been bringing our registrars with us in a light aircraft - one of the highlights of the year!" GP Survey August 2012

"Thank you RDN for your kind support to me and OTDs like me." GP Survey August 2012

"Very happy, glad I chose rural GP!" GP Survey August 2012

"Very grateful for RDN’s continuing support and backup." GP Survey August 2012

"As an overseas trained GP in my first job...I am grateful for the support of some of the nearby GPs." GP Survey August 2012

"Thank you for all your support over the years." GP Survey August 2012

"Thanks RDN, you do a good job. The procedural/generalist training program is probably the most positive thing for my area of rural medicine in the last 20 years." GP Survey August 2012

“In the bush, people sometimes think it’s isolating but there are so many things you can do if you think laterally. You get involved in things, mix with the people and be part of the community.” Retired GP Dr Keith Beck, 2011

"I am very proud of having been a country doctor for 30+ years. Country medicine has given me a wonderful life for which I am truly grateful." GP Survey 2010

"Thanks to the wonderful team at RDN. You made my transition from Melbourne to General Practice in Moama a wonderful experience." 2010

"I am enjoying the choice I made to take up the choice as a country GP.  It has its challenges, they have all been worthwhile." 2009

"RFMN is excellent in supporting families of GPs in the country." GP Survey 2008

"RDN has been very helpful to me personally to obtain this current placement and to my practice to recruit overseas trained doctors to work at our large group practice. The education program has always been useful, interesting and relevant with a focus on the family to attend those refresher conferences. I am very grateful to RDN and the excellent staff." 2007

"I love rural medicine." 2007

"I enjoy working in rural NSW." 2007

"I am very happy working with the Aboriginal Health Services. The staff here are very polite both to the patients and to each other. I would recommend any doctor who is considering work in rural area to take up a position with the Aboriginal Health Services." 2007

"I love living in a rural area. I love small towns and country life." 2007

"I enjoy the diversity of General Practice. I work in a well run group general practice. The rural patients on the whole are very friendly and easy to get on with." 2007

"Working in a non-metropolitan set-up as a GP/VMO is a complete package of satisfaction in work." 2007

"Working in Rural Community is great experience, more valued, regard from patients, more self satisfaction, more patients and can get more opportunity to earn more and to get learning opportunities." 2006

"Still enjoying rural practice very much. The ability to do VMO work at the local hospital is a great advantage especially the A&E work, as it provides variety after so long in general practice.  Also very much enjoying the country lifestyle namely beef cattle farming, horses, etc and since I have been doing this (past 2 years) I feel more integrated into the community e.g. chat about rain, and cattle to the farmers, attend cattle sales, etc." 2006

"I really enjoy rural lifestyle and work." 2006

"NSW RDN is an outstanding humanitarian approach which enables help to the real and destitute people in rural areas who have no means or ability to get primary health care. This programme is one of the great humanitarian programs in Australian and beyond the political boundary. I feel real pleasure, when I can help a poor or disable man or women in their need and in difficult time." GP Survey 2004

"I am happy to work as a GP in this small community, people really appreciate our work, and as an international trained doctor I feel that I am a valued by the community.” GP Survey 2004

"Excellent refresher weekends/weeks. As a rural GP I feel well support by the Rural Doctors Network.  Great RMFN - good family support." GP Survey 2003

"I love my work and the contact with people it brings. Having been in Mittagong, I’ve now delivered the baby of a baby! I like the cradle to grave contact and no regrets being here." GP Survey 2003