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For NSW doctor Dr Daniel Mealey, the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) - administered by NSW Rural Doctors Network in NSW - has been the perfect way to return to clinical practice after several years away.

“To any doctors reading this having taken time off work, I highly recommend MDRAP!” he says. Doctor’s return to clinical practice made possible with help from MDRAP - 11th January 2022
For NSW doctor Dr Daniel Mealey, the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP) - administered by NSW Rural Doctors Network in NSW - has been the perfect way to return to clinical practice after several years away. “To any doctors reading this having taken time off work, I highly recommend MDRAP!” he says.
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is supporting the Aboriginal health workforce to increase COVID 19-vaccination rates by providing health workers with funding to become trained immunisers through its Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP).  Twenty-eight practitioners have been approved to benefit from the scheme. Aboriginal health workforce upskilled to vaccinate with HWSP funding - 13th December 2021
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is supporting the Aboriginal health workforce to increase COVID 19-vaccination rates by providing health workers with funding to become trained immunisers through its Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP). Twenty-eight practitioners have been approved to benefit from the scheme.
Two medical students are experiencing rural health and country life in Tumbarumba and Tumut this fortnight on their Bush Bursaries and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarship placements.

Nineteen rural councils and the Country Women’s Association of NSW are sponsoring medical, nursing, and midwifery students to undertake placements in country NSW towns as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) commitment to growing and strengthening the rural areas health workforce. Medical students get a taste of country life in Tumbarumba and Tumut - 9th December 2021
Two medical students are experiencing rural health and country life in Tumbarumba and Tumut this fortnight on their Bush Bursaries and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarship placements. Nineteen rural councils and the Country Women’s Association of NSW are sponsoring medical, nursing, and midwifery students to undertake placements in country NSW towns as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) commitment to growing and strengthening the rural areas health workforce.
Six outstanding GPs have been honoured with a 2021 Rural Medical Service Award at the opening night of the digital 2021 Rural GPs Conference. Rural health professionals awarded for service and contributions to country NSW - 26th November 2021
Six outstanding GPs have been honoured with a 2021 Rural Medical Service Award at the opening night of the digital 2021 Rural GPs Conference.
The race to vaccinate Bourke's Aboriginal community against COVID-19 has been helped by the arrival of two new nurses to join the team at Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (BACHS). RDN recruitment supports Bourke’s COVID-19 response - 9th November 2021
The race to vaccinate Bourke's Aboriginal community against COVID-19 has been helped by the arrival of two new nurses to join the team at Bourke Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service (BACHS).
Rural health professionals will receive a much-needed boost of positivity during November as #RuralPositive thanks the rural health workforce for their amazing efforts over the last few years.

#RuralPositive, an exciting new initiative facilitated by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), is encouraging members of the community to say thanks to rural health professionals for their resilience and dedication through a long period of drought, bushfires, flood, mice and COVID-19. #RuralPositive thanks rural health professionals - 3rd November 2021
Rural health professionals will receive a much-needed boost of positivity during November as #RuralPositive thanks the rural health workforce for their amazing efforts over the last few years. #RuralPositive, an exciting new initiative facilitated by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), is encouraging members of the community to say thanks to rural health professionals for their resilience and dedication through a long period of drought, bushfires, flood, mice and COVID-19.
To celebrate and say thanks to the rural health workforce, Rural Health Pro on behalf of NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) will be hosting free online concerts for rural health professionals. Daryl Braithwaite and Archie Roach will perform free online concerts of appreciation for the rural health workforce - 19th October 2021
To celebrate and say thanks to the rural health workforce, Rural Health Pro on behalf of NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) will be hosting free online concerts for rural health professionals.
Optometry students mentored by long-serving RDN outreach practitioner Kyriacos (Kyri) Mavrolefteros have credited him with galvanising their commitment to a future in rural health, saying his humility, skill and respectful relationship with communities was something they wanted to emulate in their careers. Optometry students thank outreach practitioner for inspiring them to work rurally - 14th October 2021
Optometry students mentored by long-serving RDN outreach practitioner Kyriacos (Kyri) Mavrolefteros have credited him with galvanising their commitment to a future in rural health, saying his humility, skill and respectful relationship with communities was something they wanted to emulate in their careers.
When retired Port Macquarie doctor Michael Thomas learned AHPRA was allowing former health workers to support COVID-19 vaccination rollout, he thought it was the right time to step up and join NSW's regional response. Port Macquarie doctor steps out of retirement to join COVID-19 response in Broken Hill - 11th October 2021
When retired Port Macquarie doctor Michael Thomas learned AHPRA was allowing former health workers to support COVID-19 vaccination rollout, he thought it was the right time to step up and join NSW's regional response.
Dr Chiraji Thilakaratne has recently joined the team at Wee Waa Medical Centre, providing much needed support to the community as the practice’s second General Practitioner (GP), alongside Dr Sivanathan. 

Dr Thilakaratne began her medical career in rural Sri Lanka, before moving to Sydney and then to Wee Waa with her young family. Her areas of interest are child health, women’s health and minor procedures, and she is currently working towards Fellowship. New doctor welcomed to the Wee Waa community - 28th September 2021
Dr Chiraji Thilakaratne has recently joined the team at Wee Waa Medical Centre, providing much needed support to the community as the practice’s second General Practitioner (GP), alongside Dr Sivanathan. Dr Thilakaratne began her medical career in rural Sri Lanka, before moving to Sydney and then to Wee Waa with her young family. Her areas of interest are child health, women’s health and minor procedures, and she is currently working towards Fellowship.


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