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

GP Entities

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. It does this by:

  • Directly and indirectly testing new, non-traditional models of medical service delivery, including the innovative Easy Entry, Gracious Exit model through Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd (RaRMS).
  • Providing information, support and an 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 particular circumstances.
  • Sponsoring conferences on alternative models of rural medical service. Two of these conferences showcased a variety of innovative approaches communities have taken to ensure appropriate and sustainable medical services are available. For more information go to Practice Made Perfect? conference presentations and resources.

A workshop held in July 2003 provided information to organisations and communities who were interested in learning more about the implementation of GP Entities. The following documents relate to this workshop:

  •  Philips Fox Lawyers (August 2003) Answers to legal questions raised at GP Entity Workshop
  •  AOMS Presentation (August 2003) Overview of the Corporate Entity Model 'Australian Outback Medical Services' 
  •  FWAHS Presentation (August 2003) Far West Area Health Service perspective on the development of RARMS and issues associated with the 'walk in-walk out' model
  •  RARMS Presentation (August 2003) Overview of the RARMS experience
  •  GP Entities Information (August 2003) Overview of Options and Issues facing GP Entities.