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2019
20 medical students ‘go rural’ in outback health initiative 29/5/19
This week, 20 medical students from across NSW will travel across the state on a road trip designed to encourage future doctors and health professionals to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career. .
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Building the future rural health workforce 20/5/19
In a state first, high school students and boarders interested in pursuing a career in health will be encouraged to practise in country NSW as part of a new initiative by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) to ensure sustainable health solutions are developed for rural towns..
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Medical cadets in Dubbo for a taste of rural living 4/5/19
This weekend, 28 medical cadets from universities and hospitals across NSW are in Dubbo to learn about living and working as a health professional in rural NSW. The students and doctors all hold the highly-regarded NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship, funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and administered by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN)..
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Health providers to prioritise Western NSW health 2/5/19
Representatives from more than 20 primary health organisations in Western NSW will gather to prioritise providing timely access to quality and safe health care services, regardless of where people live, at the Western NSW 2030 Action Forum in Dubbo today..
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2018
Rural doctors awarded for outstanding service to country NSW 3/12/18
Fourteen outstanding GPs have been honoured by the NSW Rural Doctors Network with a 2018 Rural Medical Service Award for more than 300 years of combined service to rural New South Wales communities..
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Funding to support the rural health workforce 5/6/18
Health professionals in rural and regional New South Wales wanting to increase their skills are encouraged to apply for financial support under the Australian Government’s Health Workforce Scholarship Program..
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Medical cadets to experience careers in Tamworth 5/4/18
Nineteen future doctors will this weekend meet in Tamworth to learn about rural medicine and the lifestyle benefits and career advantages of living and working in rural NSW..
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2017
Rural doctors awarded for more than 800 years of combined service to country New South Wales 27/11/17
Twenty four outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 800 years of combined service to country New South Wales communities. .
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NSW rural doctors go from bush to beach for annual GPs conference 22/11/17
More than one hundred and fifty doctors and medical students from across rural and remote New South Wales will meet in Coogee this week to attend their annual professional development conference..
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Newly appointed National Rural Health Commissioner to address delegates at annual GPs conference 16/11/17
The National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Paul Worley, will address rural doctors from across New South Wales when they come together in Coogee next week..
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Rural Workforce Agency Network to administer John Flynn Placement Program 4/5/17
The Rural Workforce Agency Network (RWAN) - including the NSW Rural Doctors Network - will administer the nation-wide John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) from 1 July 2017..
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Medical Cadets sample Orange 2/5/17
This weekend will see the NSW Rural Doctors Network host 27 medical student cadets to experience the lifestyle and career advantages that rural New South Wales offers..
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Dubbo Public Eye Clinic has moved 3/4/17
Due to a growing number of patients and shortage of space, the Dubbo Public Eye Clinic has moved from the Dubbo Regional Aboriginal Health Service (DRAHS) to premises provided by the Western NSW Local Health District at the Specialist Medical Centre..
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Assistant Health Minister to address rural doctors at annual GPs conference 21/3/17
Rural doctors from across New South Wales will come together in Port Macquarie this weekend to hear from Assistant Minister for Health, The Hon. David Gillespie MP about his vision for the future of rural medicine. .
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City health students go rural to experience country life 21/2/17
A campaign to attract young doctors, nurses and allied health workers to careers in rural New South Wales will see a group of enthusiastic students travel to the North West this weekend (24 to 26 February)..
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New medical graduates start their careers as rural doctors 6/2/17
Nine medical graduates will complete their orientation and commence their medical internships in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and Albury Hospitals this week, helping to address the health service shortage for communities in these rural NSW regions..
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2016
Med students to experience rural life 12/12/16
Fourteen rural councils along with the Country Women’s Association of NSW are sponsoring medical students to undertake placements in country towns as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network commitment to attracting and retaining medical, nursing and allied health professionals to the bush..
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Assistant Minister for Rural Health to open NSW Rural Doctors Network new premises 6/12/16
The Assistant Minister for Rural Health, The Hon David Gillespie MP, will officially open the new premises of the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) on Thursday..
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Rural Doctors awarded for outstanding service to country NSW communities 28/11/16
Twenty outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 700 years of combined service to country New South Wales communities..
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Health Minister to address Rural Doctors at annual GPs conference 23/11/16
Stroke, ENT, Angioedema, Urticaria, Aged Care, Hepatitis C, Teenage Depression and Ophthalmology are just some of the topics to be addressed at the 2016 Rural GPs Conference being held in Coogee this weekend..
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NSW Rural Doctors Network announces new CEO 6/9/16
The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is pleased to announce that Mr Richard Colbran has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NSW RDN. .
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Dr Ian Cameron to retire from NSW Rural Doctors Network 11/7/16
After 20 years at the helm of the NSW Rural Doctors Network, Dr Ian Cameron has announced his intention to retire as Chief Executive Officer..
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ENT surgery for Aboriginal children in Northern NSW 24/6/16
Aboriginal children will receive much-needed Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgical procedures at Ballina District Hospital today. Today’s ENT clinic is the second of ongoing surgical clinics planned specifically for Aboriginal children and youth in the Northern NSW region after six children from Ballina underwent surgery earlier this month. .
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Young health professionals road trip to go rural 16/5/16
A campaign to attract young doctors, nurses and allied health workers to careers in rural NSW will see a group of young health professionals travel to the Central West this weekend. .
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ENT surgery for Aboriginal children at Port Macquarie Hospital 9/5/16
Aboriginal children will receive much-needed Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgical procedures at Port Macquarie Base Hospital today. Today’s ENT clinic is the second regular surgical clinic planned specifically for Aboriginal children and youth in the Mid North Coast region after four children from Kempsey and Port Macquarie underwent surgery in February..
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Medical students to get a dose of Albury 15/2/16
This weekend will see the NSW Rural Doctors Network host 21 medical cadets to experience the lifestyle and career advantages that rural NSW offers..
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New graduates head to the country to start their careers as rural doctors 18/1/16
Under the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship Scheme, nine medical graduates are set to commence their internships in Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and Orange Hospitals, helping to address the health services shortage for communities in these rural NSW regions..
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2015
Rural doctors awarded for outstanding medical service to country NSW communities 30/11/15
Fifteen outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 500 years of combined service to country New South Wales communities at the 2015 Rural Medical Service Awards..
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Minister to address rural doctors at conference 23/11/15
Indigenous health, clinical and emergency skills and psychosis and ICE are just some of the topics to be address at the annual Rural GPs Conference, to be held in Coogee this week from 26-29 November 2015..
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Medical students set to experience rural General Practice in country towns 9/11/15
Eleven rural councils along with the Country Women’s Association of NSW are sponsoring medical students to undertake placements in country towns as part of RDN's commitment to attracting and retaining medical, nursing and allied health professionals to the bush..
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ENT surgery commences in Griffith 24/8/15
Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery will recommence at Griffith Base Hospital from today to treat Aboriginal children with ear health conditions. The service was established after Griffith AMS identified a need to provide local access to ENT surgery as part of a state-wide ear health needs assessment conducted by RDN. .
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City med students go rural this weekend 22/6/15
A campaign to attract young doctors and medical students to careers in rural New South Wales will see a group of medical students experience the rural NSW towns of Mudgee, Dunedoo and Gulgong this weekend..
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New maternity service for Collarenebri and Mungindi 9/6/15
A much-needed outreach maternity program that provides antenatal services to Aboriginal women in two isolated rural communities has commenced..
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Physio moves to Bega and takes on world! 11/5/15
RDN has worked closely with Southern NSW Local Health District to recruit two new Physiotherapists to Bega already this year, providing Far South Coast patients with high quality physical therapy services..
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Medical students to get a dose of Wagga 27/4/15
This weekend will see the NSW Rural Doctors Network host 18 medical cadets to experience the lifestyle and career advantages that rural New South Wales offers..
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Health professionals start at Moruya rehab centre 2/3/15
The Eurobadalla community will welcome new allied health professionals to the Subacute Rehabilitation Centre at Moruya Hospital this week. RDN has worked with the Southern NSW Local Health District to recruit a Speech Pathologist and Occupational Therapist for the new facility which provides Far South Coast patients with critical health services closer to home rather than needing to travel to Sydney or Canberra..
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Fourteen Cadets start internships at rural hospitals 9/1/15
Under the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship Scheme, 14 medical graduates are set to commence their internships in Orange, Dubbo, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga and Albury Hospitals, helping to address the health services shortage for communities in these rural NSW regions..
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2014
Country doctors awarded for outstanding service to rural NSW communities 1/12/14
Fourteen outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 500 years of combined service to country New South Wales communities..
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Local project wins peak award at NSW Aboriginal Health Awards 14/11/14
A joint project between Western NSW Local Health District, Orange Aboriginal Medical Service, the NSW Rural Doctors Network and the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick has won a peak award at 2014 NSW Aboriginal Health Awards..
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Med students to experience rural life 12/11/14
Sixteen rural councils along with the CWA NSW are sponsoring medical students to undertake placements in country towns as part of the NSW RDN commitment to attracting and retaining medical, nursing and allied health professionals to the bush..
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Med students road trip to Go Rural 29/4/14
A campaign to attract young doctors and medical students to careers in rural New South Wales will see a group of selected candidates travel to the Central West this weekend..
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New doctor for Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service 24/3/14
With assistance from the NSW Rural Doctors Network, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service has successfully secured the services of Dr George Ekladius..
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Med Students to get a dose of Dubbo 5/3/14
This weekend will see the NSW Rural Doctors Network host 22 medical cadets to experience the lifestyle and career advantages that rural New South Wales offers. .
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Gulgong Medical Centre under new management 4/3/14
Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd (RaRMS) is delighted to have reached an agreement with Dr Hussain Alseneid that sees him take over management and ownership of Gulgong Medical Centre this week..
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New doctor for Lake Cargelligo 7/2/14
It has been a turbulent time for the Lake Cargelligo Family Practice but with assistance from the NSW Rural Doctors Network, the town of Lake Cargelligo has a new GP, Dr Thet Toe Maung. .
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Eight new graduates head to the country to begin their careers as rural doctors 15/1/14
Under the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship Scheme, eight medical graduates are set to commence their internships in Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Albury and Orange Hospitals, helping to address the health services shortage for communities in these rural New South Wales regions. .
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2013
Doctors awarded for 400 years of combined service to rural communities 2/12/13
Eleven outstanding GPs have been recognised for more than 400 years of combined service to rural and regional communities in New South Wales..
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NSW Rural Doctors Network celebrates 25 years 29/11/13
More than 250 guests, representing GPs and their families from across rural, regional and remote NSW will join the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) tonight to celebrate RDN's proud 25 year history of being at the forefront of support for rural health in NSW..
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Recognition for Braidwood Medical Centre 29/11/13
Braidwood Medical Centre has achieved re-accreditation through GPA ACCREDITATION plus, which is recognition of the practice’s superior patient care and quality systems..
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Local Councils support medical students to go rural 19/11/13
Eighteen rural councils along with the Country Women’s Association of NSW are sponsoring medical students to undertake placements in New South Wales country towns as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network commitment to attracting health professionals to the bush..
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National campaign inspires next generation of rural doctors 14/6/13
A national campaign to attract medical students and young doctors to careers in rural medicine winds up this weekend in Sydney at an event hosted by the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN). .
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Funds to deliver more outreach health services across NSW 30/5/13
The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) has been selected by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to administer the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) and the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP) across New South Wales..
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Patients already benefiting from new medical centre 15/4/13
The Braidwood Health Centre will be officially opened next Friday by federal MP Dr Mike Kelly..
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Medical students get a dose of rural life 19/3/13
Medical students studying at universities across the sate will convene in Tamworth this weekend for a meeting of cadets who hold the highly-regarded NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship..
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Medical interns help close the gap in health services for rural NSW communities 7/1/13
Under the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship Scheme, twelve (12) medical graduates are set to commence their internships in Wagga Wagga, Tamworth, Dubbo, Albury and Orange Base Hospitals, helping to fill the health services gap for communities in these rural NSW towns..
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2012
More Rural Medical Specialists - Achieving 10 years of Health Outreach Services in the Bush 14/12/12
The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) has reached the 10 year anniversary of administering the Medical Specialist Outreach Assistance Program..
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Sixteen doctors awarded for 500 years of service to rural communities 7/12/12
The sixteen doctors who received the prestigious Rural Medical Service Award on 1st December 2012, have provided a combined 500 years of service to their rural New South Wales communities..
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Inspiring the next generation of rural doctors 28/11/12
Rural medicine gets a shot in the arm this Friday with the launch of a national campaign to attract medical students and young doctors to careers in the bush. .
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Medical students go rural 3/10/12
Sixteen medical students are participating in placements in rural towns as part of the NSW Rural Doctors Network commitment to attracting and retaining medical, nursing and allied health professionals to the bush..
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Gulgong Medical Centre farewells Dr Mosse 23/3/12
Gulgong Medical Centre will farewell Dr Patrick “Paddy” Mosse on Thursday 5 April after 18 months of dedicated service to Gulgong and surrounding communities..
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NSW rural medical scholarships now open – call for applications 24/2/12
NSW Rural Doctors Network is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Cotton Industry Medical Scholarship 2012 and the Bush Bursaries & CWA Scholarships 2012. .
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Medical interns help close the gap in health services for rural NSW communities 11/1/12
Under the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship Scheme, nine (9) medical graduates are set to commence their internships in Wagga Wagga, Tamworth and Orange Base Hospitals, helping to fill the health services gap for communities in these rural NSW towns..
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2011
Country doctors urge young medicos to “Go Rural” 23/11/11
A new campaign to attract young doctors and medical students to careers in rural New South Wales is being launched this Friday 25 November..
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Good news for patients and doctors 18/7/11
Rural patients and doctors will soon have greater access to medical specialist services following a new Medicare funding initiative, which supports consultations through video technology..
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Public hearing for Overseas Trained Doctors Inquiry 28/3/11
Dr Ian Cameron will represent the NSW Rural Doctors Network at Thursday's House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing public hearing to discuss the registration processes and support available for OTDs seeking full Australian registration..
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2010
NSW Minister for Health to address Rural Doctors 25/11/10
The NSW Minister for Health, The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt will address rural doctors at tomorrow’s annual NSW Rural GPs Conference..
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GP Unity Communique on NSW Government's Health Reform in NSW Discussion Paper 13/8/10
The NSW Government's Health Reform in NSW Discussion Paper focuses mainly on the development of Local Hospital Networks in NSW, their proposed geographical boundaries and governance structure. For more information on the NSW Health Discussion Paper, go to www.health.nsw.gov.au.
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We want a Doctor...Then start with a Student 9/4/10
Attracting a rural doctor to a community often starts with a student. To assist practices and Councils hosting medical students and junior doctors in this process, the NSW Rural Doctors Network has produced a new pamphlet "We want a Doctor...Then start with a Student"..
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Kruger Health & Wellness Complex 30/3/10
From 1 April 2010, RaRMS will hand the management of the Kruger Health & Wellness Complex back to Harden Shire Council..
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Rural work & lifestyle - just what the Junior Doctor ordered! 24/3/10
Twenty-five NSW medical students studying at universities across Australia will convene in Wagga Wagga this weekend for a meeting of cadets who hold the highly-regarded NSW rural resident medical officer cadetship..
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2009
2009 Rural GPs Conference - Join us as we say 'thanks' to our Doctors 23/11/09
Thirty nine doctors, each with more than 35 years of medical practice - and 1,500 years of medical service - will be recognised at the 2009 Rural GPs Conference for their outstanding contribution to rural remote communities throughout NSW..
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Boost for Braidwood Medical Centre 1/7/09
Medical services in Braidwood received a much-needed boost with the recent announcement of a $500,000 grant to build a new medical centre on the grounds of Braidwood Multipurpose Service..
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Medical Student Weekend a first for Dubbo 30/3/09
NSW medical students studying at universities across Australia will convene in Dubbo this weekend for a meeting of cadets who hold the highly-regarded NSW rural resident medical officer scholarship..
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2008
Celebrating a Millennium of Medical Practice 2/12/08
Twenty one doctors, each with at least 40 years of medical practice in rural NSW, have been recognised by RDN. Collectively, the doctors have achieved an amazing 983 years of medical service to rural communities, and have provided over 1,000 years of medical practice..
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General Practice Group Congratulates NSW Health Minister On Postgraduate Commitment 5/11/08
GP Unity NSW congratulated the NSW Health Minister for his commitment to ensuring all NSW medical graduates have a guaranteed hospital placement..
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New Doctor for Gulgong 8/7/08
Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd (RaRMS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Hussain Alseneid to its Medical Centre in Mayne Street Gulgong. .
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We Want a Doctor, But Does a Doctor Want Us? 4/6/08
Seventy percent of NSW rural towns that have doctors are vulnerable to a significant loss of medical services over the next few years, the GM of RDN revealed today..
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2007
NSW Rural Doctors Network hits refresh button on website 20/6/07
RDN today launched a refreshed and upgraded website to assit in recruiting, retaining and supporting doctors in rural NSW. .
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Medical Cadets to meet in Rural NSW 11/5/07
NSW medical students studying at universities across Australia will convene in Orange this weekend for a meeting of cadets who hold the highly-regarded NSW rural resident medical officer scholarship..
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City GPs Go Bush 1/3/07
Overworked country GPs have been relief with assistance from the RDN in a new Urban Rural GP Locum initiative..
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2006
5 Year Milestone for National Rural GP Workforce Report 15/12/06
The recent release of the combined Rural Workforce Agencies' National Minimum Dataset is the latest in a remarkable series of five years' worth of reports compiled in Australia..
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New Guide Cuts Recruitment Pain 4/8/06
A long awaited guide to help employers with the appointment of doctors moving into rural general practice has finally been published..
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Medical Cadets get a taste of Rural Life 23/6/06
NSW medical students studying at universities across Australia will convene in Wagga this weekend for a landmark meeting of cadets who hold the highly-regarded NSW rural resident medical officer scholarship..
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New Research reveals extra Medical Graduates won't ease Doctor Shortage without Pathways 17/5/06
The depleted rural medical workforce may not benefit from increasing numbers of medical graduates unless new pathways give more students access to training in country areas..
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Perfecting Rural Practice - Alternative Practice Models to ease the Rural Doctor Shortage 8/5/06
New ways for communities to tackle doctor shortages is high on the agenda for today's 'Practice Made Perfect?' conference in Sydney..
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New E-Booking Service to Boost Bush Locums 23/2/06
An innovative service that uses an on-line interactive system for medical locum bookings in rural NSW is announced by the NSW Rural Doctors Network..
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2005
Moree Losing Doctors 18/11/05
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New Initiative supports Urban GPs in alleviating Rural GP Locum Shortage in NSW 3/8/05
The NSW Rural Doctors Network in conjunction with the GP Casualty at Balmain Hospital, announce the commencement of a pilot initiative to upskill urban GPs to enable them to undertake rural GP Locum relief work in NSW..
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The NSW Rural Doctors Network welcomes NSW Government Announcement of New Primary Health Care Centres 28/1/05
The NSW Rural Doctors Network welcomes the NSW Government announcement that they are seeking Commonwealth support for the creation of new primary health care centres..
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2004
The NSW Rural Doctors Nerwork supports Overseas Trained Doctors 14/7/04
The NSW Rural Doctors Network and the Australian Doctors Trained Overseas Association respond to the recent report by Dr Bob Birrell and Associate Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne. .
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National Report on Women Doctors in Rural Australia being launched in Coffs Harbour 22/3/04
The NSW Rural Doctors Network on behalf of all Rural Workforce Agencies in Australia, launches the National Report "Women Doctors in Rural Australia: workforce support strategies"..
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2003
New Ways to Win Bush Doctors 29/10/03
An innovative approach to GP Recruitment, dubbed "Easy Entry, Gracious Exit", has succeeded in attracting doctors to the remote North West of NSW. A guide to implementing this new strategy has recently been produced by the NSW Rural Doctors Network, to help other rural and remote towns that are also looking for new ways to overcome chronic doctor shortages..
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New Strategies Needed To Counteract Predicted Medical Workforce Shortages In Rural NSW 22/8/03
The NSW Rural Doctors Network has today released its General Practice Workforce Plan for Rural and Remote NSW 2002-2012, which predicts a short fall of rural GPs in 2012 in the order of between 275 and 410..
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Positive Response to Health E-Care System 19/5/03
The NSW Rural Doctors Network has received positive feedback from residents of Walgett, Lightning Ridge and surrounding communities in regards to the implementation of an innovative electronic health management system known as "Health E-Care". .
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Electronic Health Management System to improve health care in Walgett 12/5/03
Residents of Walgett are to reap the benefits of an electronic health management system known as "Health E-Care", being implemented in the Walgett/Lightning Ridge area, as part of a trial project undertaken by the NSW Rural Doctors Network and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing..
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