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

Families

Some comments from spouses/partners of rural NSW GPs about their rural experience and support by RDN and those around them:

"It was a really good program. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Absolutely fantastic activities." Summer Refresher Conference 2015

"Thanks for the activities and for supporting the families." Summer Refresher Conference 2015

"Thanks a lot - this was a great experience." Summer Refresher Conference 2015

“Sure, we have experienced drought conditions here in Dunedoo over the past year (a typical challenge) but we have also had some fantastic and unique experiences because we live where we do.” Read more Todd Fergusson, RMFN President, 2012

“In all of life, we sometimes need consensual validation that we are not alone in the pressures, challenges and rewards that we are experiencing in our unique rural medical lifestyle. I have often benefited from the kindred spirit shared amongst spouses of rural doctors when we meet at committee meetings or conferences. It’s when we can let our guard down and know we’ll hopefully be accepted and understood.” Karen Deane, 2012

"The RMFN has welcomed us warmly into the rural medical fraternity, enabling us to make a smooth transition as a family.” Kim Sannazzaro, 2012

“RMFN has provided programs that have been very beneficial in my transition to a rural environment. The Bush Skills grant helped me upskill to a role from finance to local government. Having the right skills to secure a role in a country town made all the difference. RMFN has helped us most by being a forum to be able to share experiences as a rural spouse.” Todd Fergusson, RMFN President

“NSW Rural Doctors Network put Sara in touch with a group of women with similar interests. They’ve made her feel connected and part of something bigger, which is important when you move.” Broken Hill GP Dr Tim Rumball, 2011 (recruited from New Zealand)