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2024
Health professionals honoured for significant service to rural communities 30th January 2024
RDN extends its warm congratulations to all award recipients recognised for their service in the 2024 Australia Day Honours list..
University summer holidays are for camping and C-sections for some 48 medicine and nursing students set to head to country NSW for their Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Bush Bursary and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarship placements. From camping to C-sections, students experience all rural life has to offer on summer Bush Bursary placements 29th January 2024
University summer holidays are for camping and C-sections for some 48 medicine and nursing students set to head to country NSW for their Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Bush Bursary and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarship placements. .
2024 is here and we want to welcome you back with a timely reminder to apply for, and start benefitting from, a FREE Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Membership!  Start benefitting - become an RDN Member today! 29th January 2024
2024 is here and we want to welcome you back with a timely reminder to apply for, and start benefitting from, a FREE Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Membership! .
2023
National Rural & Remote Health Award winners reflect on recognition and service 19th December 2023
Rural Health Pro's inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards were held in Canberra, bringing together finalists from all over outback and rural Australia for a celebration of the unsung heroes of health. You can now watch the winners reflect on recognition of their service to rural and remote healthcare on RDN's YouTube channel..
Last week, RDN had the pleasure of hosting the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) Executive Handover workshop in our St Leonards office. The two-day workshop allowed the 2023 committee to handover to the new 2024 committee.  RDN hosts National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) Executive Handover Workshop 11th December 2023
Last week, RDN had the pleasure of hosting the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) Executive Handover workshop in our St Leonards office. The two-day workshop allowed the 2023 committee to handover to the new 2024 committee. .
RDN represented at SAX Institute 2023 Colloquium 11th December 2023
Last week, Director of Knowledge Mobilisation at Rural Doctors Network (RDN), Yann Guisard, addressed the SAX Institute 2023 Colloquium on behalf of RDN. .
RDN’s Cadetship Program “one of the best choices I’ve made” 11th December 2023
Alexis Campbell is five years into her six-year medical degree at the University of NSW and has described joining RDN’s Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship as “one of the best choices I have made during med school.” .
Would $10,000 help you upskill in Diabetes management? 8th December 2023
A Western T2 Diabetes Scholarship allowed Dietitian, Wendy Arney, from Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation to attend the Diabetes Congress and Diabetes for Dieticians..
Governor General congratulates RDN on 35 years of service 4th December 2023
Ahead of the inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards held at Parliament House during Rural Health Month, RDN CEO Richard Colbran, Deputy Chair Thomas Douch and Director Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Nicole Turner were invited to Government House, Canberra, for an audience with the Governor General, His Excellency General the Hon David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), as part of RDN's 35th anniversary celebrations. .
Medical Student Rural Inspiration Conference 4th December 2023
RDN was pleased to host around 100 keen medical students from across NSW and the ACT for the Medical Student Rural Inspiration Conference, held last Saturday in Coogee as a part of Rural Health Pro’s Rural Health Month 2023. .
Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Regional Australia Bank which aims to further support and benefit the rural and remote health workforce of NSW and RDN members, today and well into the future. RDN announces new partnership with Regional Australia Bank 4th December 2023
Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is pleased to announce an exciting partnership with Regional Australia Bank which aims to further support and benefit the rural and remote health workforce of NSW and RDN members, today and well into the future..
Reflecting on the Rural GPs Conference 4th December 2023
For more than 30 years, GPs have had the opportunity to attend RDN’s Rural GPs Conference, an annual event which attracts rural doctors from across NSW and offers them the opportunity to connect, network, listen, learn and be rejuvenated. RDN CEO Richard Colbran has discussed this year's event and its heritage with the Conference Catch-Up podcast..
Sharing rural Practice Management knowledge at Coogee 4th December 2023
The Rural Practice Managers Conference, hosted by RDN and the Australian Association of Practice Management (AAPM), took place at Coogee on 22nd and 23rd November as part of Rural Health Month. Building on the success of last year’s Practice Managers Conference, this year’s program combined rural-focused education sessions with opportunities to network with peers. .
Rural GPs honoured for long service to country NSW 30th November 2023
Each year RDN recognises rural GPs who have achieved 35+ years’ service to remote, rural and regional communities in NSW. This year, five outstanding GPs were honoured with a 2023 Rural Medical Service Award..
Professor Peter O’Mara appointed Chair of NSW Rural Doctors Network 27th November 2023
Following the 2023 RDN Annual General Meeting at Coogee on Friday, Dr Peter O’Mara was confirmed as the new Chair of RDN. Professor O’Mara takes up the position after serving as a Board Appointed RDN Director, and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Professor O’Mara replaces Associate Professor John Kramer OAM, whose two-year tenure as RDN Chair is now at and end..
Over the weekend and late last week, NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) was very pleased to support Rural Health Pro in hosting the largest gathering of the multidisciplinary rural health workforce in Australia, with hundreds of GPs, nurses, medical students, practice managers and rural health professionals coming together at the Crowne Plaza Coogee and online for Rural Health Month 2023. Record attendance at Coogee for Rural Health Month conferences 27th November 2023
Over the weekend and late last week, NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) was very pleased to support Rural Health Pro in hosting the largest gathering of the multidisciplinary rural health workforce in Australia, with hundreds of GPs, nurses, medical students, practice managers and rural health professionals coming together at the Crowne Plaza Coogee and online for Rural Health Month 2023..
RDN 2022-2023 Annual Report: A Message from our CEO Richard Colbran 20th November 2023
For RDN’s 35th anniversary Annual Report 2022/3, Richard Colbran has offered some reflections on RDN's vision for ‘Health access for all Australians – no matter where they live’..
The National Rural and Remote Health Awards set the stage for recognition of the inspirational contributions of a range of Aboriginal health professionals and organisations from around Australia at Parliament House last week.

Spotlight on inspiring Aboriginal health stories at National Rural & Remote Health Awards 17th November 2023
The National Rural and Remote Health Awards set the stage for recognition of the inspirational contributions of a range of Aboriginal health professionals and organisations from around Australia at Parliament House last week. .
Last week's inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards in Canberra brought together finalists from all over outback and rural Australia for a celebration of the unsung heroes of health. More than 160 people attended the event on Monday 13 November in the Mural Hall of Parliament House. Parliament House hosts inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards 16th November 2023
Last week's inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards in Canberra brought together finalists from all over outback and rural Australia for a celebration of the unsung heroes of health. More than 160 people attended the event on Monday 13 November in the Mural Hall of Parliament House..
First NSW Regional Health Ministerial Advisory Panel meeting held in Sydney 13th November 2023
The first meeting of the Regional Health Ministerial Advisory Panel was held on 17 October 2023 and was chaired by RDN CEO Richard Colbran. .
The inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards will be broadcast LIVE TONIGHT from Parliament House, Canberra on Rural Health Pro from 6.30pm AEST and you’re invited to join from the comfort of your own home! 

 Livestream the 2023 National Rural and Remote Health Awards - Tonight is the night! 13th November 2023
The inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards will be broadcast LIVE TONIGHT from Parliament House, Canberra on Rural Health Pro from 6.30pm AEST and you’re invited to join from the comfort of your own home! .
Last week, twenty medical, nursing and allied health students from NSW set off on a four-day tour of the south coast designed to encourage participants to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career. Medical and healthcare students experience the beautiful NSW South Coast 13th November 2023
Last week, twenty medical, nursing and allied health students from NSW set off on a four-day tour of the south coast designed to encourage participants to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career..
Tune in to ‘The Flying Nurse’ 6th November 2023
In this week’s episode of A Healthy Exchange, host Lisa Connors introduces listeners to ‘The Flying Nurse’ Prue Wheelright - a nurse, midwife, and author, currently based in Alice Springs.
Welcome to Rural Health Month 2023! 6th November 2023
It’s here! Rural Health Month is a series of events for rural health professionals happening in November! Read more and register here..
RDN Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadet showcases research at RMA23 30th October 2023
Current RDN Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadet, and medical student at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Pip Kensit, attended the Rural Medicine Australia RMA Conference (RMA23) in Hobart last week, an official pre-Wonca event hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association Australia. .
RDN Workforce Surveys Open 23rd October 2023
Over the last week, General Practitioners and Practice Managers working in remote, rural and regional NSW will have received an email from RDN about the 2023 Workforce Surveys..
Have your say: building trusting relationships between rural pharmacists and GPs amidst NSW pharmacist prescribing trial 9th October 2023
Charles Sturt University and NSW Rural Doctors Network are conducting a study with rural pharmacists and GPs to learn more about what helps and hinders trust between pharmacists and GPs during the NSW novel pharmacist prescribing trial. .
MyMedicare – Insights for General Practices 29th September 2023
On October 1, 2023, a significant shift will take place in general practice, with the introduction of the voluntary patient enrolment model known as MyMedicare. This transformative change will have an impact on how general practices, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services operate and interact with their patients..
Health Interpreter Ep 5: Local Govt on the front line of health access 25th September 2023
What can local government do without direct funding to deliver health services? What role do they play in helping their local communities get long-term health access? Find out the answers to these questions, and more, by listening to Episode 5 ‘Local Government, the front line for health access for communities’..
RDN Locum brings wealth of knowledge and experience to benefit towns across rural and regional NSW 25th September 2023
With more than forty years of uninterrupted clinical experience under his belt and, having served as a Locum GP in every state and territory in Australia, including multiple remote Aboriginal Medical Services, RDN is pleased to welcome Dr Danny Beran as a Locum GP in NSW.
The Country Mayors Association of NSW (CMA) held its inaugural Rural & Regional
Health Forum in Wagga Wagga this month with more than 70 CMA members, including representatives from RDN’s leadership team, attending to discuss
finding solutions to the growing list of issues affecting health in communities. Representatives from RDN attend inaugural Rural & Regional Health Forum in Wagga Wagga 25th September 2023
The Country Mayors Association of NSW (CMA) held its inaugural Rural & Regional Health Forum in Wagga Wagga this month with more than 70 CMA members, including representatives from RDN’s leadership team, attending to discuss finding solutions to the growing list of issues affecting health in communities..
Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards Dinner, to be held on Ngunnawal Country in the Mural Hall of Parliament House in Canberra, from 6-10pm on 13 November 2023. 
Join us for the inaugural National Rural and Remote Awards Dinner at Parliament House 18th September 2023
Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards Dinner, to be held on Ngunnawal Country in the Mural Hall of Parliament House in Canberra, from 6-10pm on 13 November 2023. .
Meet zoologist turned doctor, Ben Bravery on Rural Health Pro’s new podcast 18th September 2023
Rural Health Pro, which is powered by RDN, has officially launched its first podcast series, A Healthy Exchange, which taps into real-life stories from health professionals to inspire, growth and encourage listeners to thrive both personally and professionally..
RDN Champions Health Access in Canberra Meetings 18th September 2023
As part of RDN’s work to enhance healthcare access in rural Australia, RDN CEO Richard Colbran and Director of Engagement Jeremy Mitchell visited Canberra last week. .
Celebrating RDN’s 35th Anniversary with Her Excellency, the Governor of New South Wales 11th September 2023
Members of RDN’s Leadership Team recently had the privilege of representing RDN to Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC at Government House, Sydney to mark RDN’s 35th anniversary. .
Receptionists Development Day 11th September 2023
Reception staff play such an important role in the health care team! To help facilitate their professional development, RDN and COORDINARE PHN last week partnered to deliver three Receptionist Development Days across South Eastern NSW..
The importance of developing potential for rural practice: a student's journey 4th September 2023
“My early and repeated exposures to rural and remote health have been the most memorable parts of my medical journey…” – Jean-Baptiste Philibert (JB) .
Eleven GPs who are new to rural NSW practice, including Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs), attended a two-day New Rural GP Orientation (NGPO) Program in Tamworth last week hosted by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN).
 

 

RDN hosts orientation for eleven GPs new to rural NSW practice 1st September 2023
Eleven GPs who are new to rural NSW practice, including Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs), attended a two-day New Rural GP Orientation (NGPO) Program in Tamworth last week hosted by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN). .
Last Thursday, NSW Rural Doctors (RDN) CEO, Richard Colbran signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of RDN with the Central NSW Joint Organisation (CNSWJO) to formally recognise our joint interests in gaining more substantial health outcomes for remote, rural and regional NSW. RDN signs MoU with Central NSW Joint Organisation 28th August 2023
Last Thursday, NSW Rural Doctors (RDN) CEO, Richard Colbran signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of RDN with the Central NSW Joint Organisation (CNSWJO) to formally recognise our joint interests in gaining more substantial health outcomes for remote, rural and regional NSW..
“More doctors than police”: Gunnedah Mayor praises RDN’s recruitment of doctors 28th August 2023
Mayor of Gunnedah Shire and Chair of the NSW Country Mayors Association, Jamie Chaffey has praised the efforts of RDN in providing assistance and support so helpful, it’s resulted in the number of doctors in Gunnedah nearing capacity. .
With only days left until nominations close for the National Rural and Remote Health Awards, now’s your chance to say thanks or acknowledge the good work being done by a health professional or organisation working in rural or remote Australia deserving of recognition! Final chance to nominate for the National Rural and Remote Health Awards 26th August 2023
With only days left until nominations close for the National Rural and Remote Health Awards, now’s your chance to say thanks or acknowledge the good work being done by a health professional or organisation working in rural or remote Australia deserving of recognition! .
Does your organisation provide products and/or services to Rural GPs? Connect with rural GPs at this year's Rural GPs Conference. Sponsor the Rural GPs Conference 25th August 2023
Does your organisation provide products and/or services to Rural GPs? Connect with rural GPs at this year's Rural GPs Conference. .
Twenty more medical, nursing and allied health students from around NSW set off last Thursday 17 August on a four-day tour of the central west designed to encourage the future health professionals taking part, to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career. Go Rural student roadtrip visits central west 21st August 2023
Twenty more medical, nursing and allied health students from around NSW set off last Thursday 17 August on a four-day tour of the central west designed to encourage the future health professionals taking part, to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career. .
Health Interpreter Podcast Ep. 4: Single Employer Model - what is it and what will it mean for health access? 21st August 2023
In the latest episode of RDN’s Health Interpreter podcast, host Jeremy Mitchell speaks to the Director of Primary Care at the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, Dr Alam Yoosuff..
RDN helps Nimbin Medical Centre secure its newest doctor 21st August 2023
‘Excited’ is an understatement for the team at Nimbin Medical Centre who, this month, welcomed the newest doctor to their valued team following the successful appointment of Dr Sam Green which “would not have happened without the help of RDN”..
Stakeholder-driven solutions are playing a crucial role in addressing the issue of avoidable blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW. The Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination program was established to enhance access to eyecare services and reduce blindness rates focusing on collaboration and culturally appropriate care. Coordination of Indigenous Eye Health: Supporting stakeholder driven solutions at the local level 3rd August 2023
Stakeholder-driven solutions are playing a crucial role in addressing the issue of avoidable blindness among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW. The Aboriginal Eye Health Coordination program was established to enhance access to eyecare services and reduce blindness rates focusing on collaboration and culturally appropriate care..
Yurwan Bullan two-day women’s health screening 3rd August 2023
The ‘Yurwan Bullan’ or ‘Strong Women’ project was launched in 2021, and is proudly supported by RDN Outreach. It focuses on Indigenous Women’s Health Screening, to overcome barriers to early detection of breast and cervical cancer in women aged 40-years-and-over in the Queanbeyan, Goulburn and Yass regions, as well as cervical screening, health promotion and education for the young population. .
In July, Bec Stone, RDN’s Project Officer for the Ear Health Coordination Program, and Mafi Kailahi, the Ear and Eye Health Programs Officer from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) visited Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS), Werin Aboriginal Corporation Medical Clinic at Port Macquarie, and Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service at Kempsey.  Ear health visits to Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services 2nd August 2023
In July, Bec Stone, RDN’s Project Officer for the Ear Health Coordination Program, and Mafi Kailahi, the Ear and Eye Health Programs Officer from the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC) visited Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS), Werin Aboriginal Corporation Medical Clinic at Port Macquarie, and Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service at Kempsey. .
Hearing Needs Assessment leads to more RDN funding for ear and hearing services 1st August 2023
The Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL) program aims to increase access to a range of ear and hearing health services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, youth and young adults (0 – 21) for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of ear and hearing health conditions..
The Aunty Jeans Program (AJP) is a community orientated program to support Aboriginal people with or at risk of chronic illness. It helps all ages and abilities to get active and healthy through fun activities, healthy eating, exercise and education.  Aunty Jeans Program - Making Health Fun 28th July 2023
The Aunty Jeans Program (AJP) is a community orientated program to support Aboriginal people with or at risk of chronic illness. It helps all ages and abilities to get active and healthy through fun activities, healthy eating, exercise and education. .
Australia has strong historical and cultural ties with Canada, as well as a shared-experience of dispersed population living over vast distances, and an evolving journey of indigenous reconciliation. These connections and similarities all combine to present a rich opportunity for information exchange. Canadian doctors visit NSW for rural-health knowledge exchange 24th July 2023
Australia has strong historical and cultural ties with Canada, as well as a shared-experience of dispersed population living over vast distances, and an evolving journey of indigenous reconciliation. These connections and similarities all combine to present a rich opportunity for information exchange..
Frosty winter weather did not deter Murrumbidgee Local Health District (LHD) doctors from attending last week’s Wellbeing, Connectedness, and Capability programs in Wagga Wagga - the opening events of the ‘Grow. Connect. Thrive. Be Inspired’ initiative. Wagga Wagga hosts doctors and med students to talk wellbeing, connectedness, and capability 21st July 2023
Frosty winter weather did not deter Murrumbidgee Local Health District (LHD) doctors from attending last week’s Wellbeing, Connectedness, and Capability programs in Wagga Wagga - the opening events of the ‘Grow. Connect. Thrive. Be Inspired’ initiative..
Health Interpreter Podcast Ep. 2: Two million reasons to celebrate Outreach, but what is it? 17th July 2023
Episode 2 of RDN’s new Health Interpreter podcast has been published to our Community Solutions Hub and is now available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. .
RDN’s Outreach Program celebrates two million patient consultations 17th July 2023
RDN is celebrating the two millionth patient consultation (‘Occasion of Service’) to rural and remote NSW and the ACT under the Outreach program. This federally funded program was formed to reduce the healthcare access barriers facing rural and remote communities, due to the distance and cost of travel to a major centre..
Optometry education and discussion in Dubbo 10th July 2023
The Western NSW Eye Health Partnership and the Dubbo Public Eye Clinic (DPEC) hosted an Optometry education event in Dubbo at the Lime Thai Restaurant on 27 June 2023..
RDN is proud to announce it has launched its very own podcast series. The 'Health Interpreter' podcast aims to empower rural and remote communities by equipping listeners with knowledge and insight into healthcare delivery and policy, to better advocate for their needs and improve access to essential health services. RDN launches 'Health Interpreter' podcast – listen today! 10th July 2023
RDN is proud to announce it has launched its very own podcast series. The 'Health Interpreter' podcast aims to empower rural and remote communities by equipping listeners with knowledge and insight into healthcare delivery and policy, to better advocate for their needs and improve access to essential health services..
Rural Health Pro has announced the opening of nominations for the inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards, to be held at Parliament House, Canberra, on Ngunnawal Country, on Monday 13 November 2023. Nominations open TODAY for the inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards 3rd July 2023
Rural Health Pro has announced the opening of nominations for the inaugural National Rural and Remote Health Awards, to be held at Parliament House, Canberra, on Ngunnawal Country, on Monday 13 November 2023..
Supported by NAB Foundation, RDN recently hosted a series of one-day Advanced Life Support (ALS) Workshops for country-based GPs at the University of Sydney School of Rural Health in Orange. We sent our camera to capture some thoughts from participants about the importance of bringing CPD training to rural areas. VIDEO "We can save lives": Rural GPs reflect on the importance of accessible CPD training 3rd July 2023
Supported by NAB Foundation, RDN recently hosted a series of one-day Advanced Life Support (ALS) Workshops for country-based GPs at the University of Sydney School of Rural Health in Orange. We sent our camera to capture some thoughts from participants about the importance of bringing CPD training to rural areas..
In March, Ben Smith and Maddie Tilyou headed for Bankstown airport where they were greeted by husband-and-wife Optometry duo Kyriacoz and Katarina Mavroleftos. Loading onto a Royal Flying Doctor Service flight, they flew over Bourke, and began their two-day Outreach Student Placement. “I left Bourke feeling not only inspired about Outback health care, but about what it means to be a doctor” 26th June 2023
In March, Ben Smith and Maddie Tilyou headed for Bankstown airport where they were greeted by husband-and-wife Optometry duo Kyriacoz and Katarina Mavroleftos. Loading onto a Royal Flying Doctor Service flight, they flew over Bourke, and began their two-day Outreach Student Placement..
RDN Doctors Honoured in King's Birthday 2023 Honours List 19th June 2023
Congratulations to the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) members, doctors and volunteers who have been honoured in the King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List..
Last week, 20 medical, nursing and allied health students took part in an adventure through Singleton, Narrabri, Bingara, Inverell, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale and Tamworth as part of a four-day ‘Go Rural’ road trip, hosted by RDN. Go Rural student roadtrip visits Hunter New England 5th June 2023
Last week, 20 medical, nursing and allied health students took part in an adventure through Singleton, Narrabri, Bingara, Inverell, Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Armidale and Tamworth as part of a four-day ‘Go Rural’ road trip, hosted by RDN. .
RDN hosted a one-day Advanced Life Support (ALS) Workshop at the University of Sydney School of Rural Health in Orange last week, as part of its commitment to bringing training, networking and knowledge exchange to doctors working west of the ranges. RDN hosts Advanced Life Support Workshop for GPs in Orange 5th June 2023
RDN hosted a one-day Advanced Life Support (ALS) Workshop at the University of Sydney School of Rural Health in Orange last week, as part of its commitment to bringing training, networking and knowledge exchange to doctors working west of the ranges. .
Three nursing students have become the first to take part in the Nurse Student Rural Placement (NSRP) Project in NSW, a partnership delivered by RDN and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA). Student nurses enjoying NSRP rural placements 5th June 2023
Three nursing students have become the first to take part in the Nurse Student Rural Placement (NSRP) Project in NSW, a partnership delivered by RDN and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)..
Reconciliation Week is marked in Australia every year from 27 May to 3 June and is as an opportunity to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous peoples, by learning about our shared histories, cultures and achievements. Reconciliation Week 2023 26th May 2023
Reconciliation Week is marked in Australia every year from 27 May to 3 June and is as an opportunity to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-indigenous peoples, by learning about our shared histories, cultures and achievements..
133 high school students interested in exploring rural healthcare career opportunities joined RDN last Thursday 11 May at the Sydney Boarding Schools' 2023 Rural Health Careers Forum at Pymble Ladies College. Future is looking bright for students interested in rural health career 15th May 2023
133 high school students interested in exploring rural healthcare career opportunities joined RDN last Thursday 11 May at the Sydney Boarding Schools' 2023 Rural Health Careers Forum at Pymble Ladies College..
Over the weekend, 52 Cadets took part in the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship 2023 Cadet Weekend in Tamworth. 2023 Cadet Weekend 9th May 2023
Over the weekend, 52 Cadets took part in the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship 2023 Cadet Weekend in Tamworth..
Nineteen medical and healthcare students from across the state travelled through south-western NSW last week on a road trip designed to encourage future doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career. Students reflect on Go Rural roadtrip 8th May 2023
Nineteen medical and healthcare students from across the state travelled through south-western NSW last week on a road trip designed to encourage future doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to consider the benefits and rewards of a rural health career. .
Supporting nurses on International Nurses Day 8th May 2023
RDN is proud to support International Nurses Day this Friday 12 May, which coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. The theme for International Nurses Day this year is ‘Our Nurses. Our Future’. .
Go Rural roadtrips to kick off for 2023 24th April 2023
The first of this year’s Go Rural trips will take twenty medical and healthcare students from across the state to south-western NSW, visiting hospitals and GPs and participating in clinical activities, community events, social functions and cultural activities..
Meet practice manager Jessica Wheat 17th April 2023
Jessica Wheat is a practice manager at Basin View Medical Centre in Jervis Bay who finds her role very rewarding..
Applications open for 2023 Outreach Student Placement Program 4th April 2023
Applications are now open for the Outreach Student Placement Program 2023. University students enrolled in a medical, nursing, midwifery or allied health degree in NSW or the ACT are encouraged to apply..
Over the weekend, a record number of rural GPs from across NSW converged at Sails, Port Macquarie for the 2023 Rural GPs Refresher Conference. Record number of GPs attend rural Refresher conference 27th March 2023
Over the weekend, a record number of rural GPs from across NSW converged at Sails, Port Macquarie for the 2023 Rural GPs Refresher Conference..
VIDEO: Why go rural with your health career? 20th March 2023
"Taking your healthcare career to rural and regional New South Wales is not just a great service to the community, it's a great lifestyle!" RDN took our camera to the RH22 Rural GPs Conference to ask some veteran and student country doctors why they love studying and working in healthcare in the bush..
Meet Dr Saba Hammad 13th March 2023
Originally from Pakistan, Dr Saba Hammad never imagined her career would take her to the Hunter Valley but she says the warm, friendly locals eased her transition to rural life. .
People living with Diabetes T2 in Western NSW to benefit from funding 13th March 2023
RDN is inviting expressions of interest for rural health professionals to apply for scholarships, bursaries and study leave to enhance access to care for more than 11,500 people living with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in Western and Far West NSW as part of the Care Partnership – Diabetes (CP-D) program. .
Primary Health Care put on Senate Committee Disaster Resilience agenda 28th February 2023
The Senate Select Committee on Australia’s Disaster Resilience will consider the role of the Australian Defence Force, volunteer groups, not-for-profit organisations and state-based services, and the support required to improve Australia’s resilience and response to natural disasters. RDN made a submission focused on Primary Health Care and its integration into secondary health care during an emergency..
RDN collaboration with Royal Flying Doctor Service set to benefit Warren and Gilgandra 27th February 2023
RDN has supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) as they assumed ownership of GP clinics at Gilgandra and Warren, formerly operated by Rural and Remote Medical Services (RARMS). An agreement was reached for RDN to provide an overview of their products and programs to the RFDS teams of Broken Hill and Dubbo as part of a closer collaboration between the two organisations. .
RDN CEO in panel discusion on "Rural Health, Mental Health and Resilience" 23rd February 2023
RDN CEO Richard Colbran was among 23 speakers asked to speak at the Local Government NSW Rural and Regional Conference in Sydney this week. Richard was on the day’s second panel that addressed the topic: ‘Rural Health, Mental Health and Resilience’. .
Flood funding for Lismore primary care providers 20th February 2023
Recognising the unique challenges that primary health providers in the Lismore community face, the Australian Government and the NSW Government will each contribute $2.5 million in targeted support for eligible providers..
RDN CEO addresses Local Government NSW Rural and Regional Summit 20th February 2023
NSW Rural Doctors Network CEO, Richard Colbran, PhD welcomes the opportunity to address the Local Government NSW’s Rural and Regional Summit. .
The NSRP Project: Supporting the rural nurses of tomorrow 16th February 2023
In support of health care service provision in rural areas, RDN is partnering with the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) in rolling out the Nurse Student Rural Placement (NSRP) project, which aims to address current and future nurse workforce shortages..
RDN Cadet Series Podcast: Dr Kirbie Storrier 14th February 2023
As a psychiatry registrar at Dubbo Health Service, Dr Storrier recently shared her story on the Destination Medicine Podcast of how she always dreamt of becoming a doctor and felt supported by her RDN Cadetship to make this dream a reality. .
RDN Cadet Series Podcast: Dr Nicholas Ireland 6th February 2023
Listen to Dr Nick Ireland's remarkable journey from welder to rural cadet. RDN has collaborated with the Destination Medicine podcast to launch a special mini-series focusing on rural cadetships. .
RDN Cadet Series Podcast: Dr Ariah Steel 31st January 2023
Listen here to how freedom and flexibility converted RDN Cadet Dr Ariah Steel to rural life. RDN has collaborated with the Destination Medicine podcast to launch a special mini-series focusing on rural cadetships..
2022
RDN 2021-22 Annual Report 22nd December 2022
We are pleased to present the NSW Rural Doctors Network 2021-22 Annual Report. RDN exists to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in remote, rural, regional, Aboriginal and disadvantaged communities, particularly those in NSW and ACT. Read our Annual Report for an overview of our recent and ongoing activities. .
GPs in disaster affected rural communities will have better access to lifesaving and industry mandated training thanks to an NAB Foundation grant awarded to NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN). Advanced Life Support (ALS) workshops to be more accessible for regional and rural GPs 15th December 2022
GPs in disaster affected rural communities will have better access to lifesaving and industry mandated training thanks to an NAB Foundation grant awarded to NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN)..
Rural doctors awarded for long-standing service to country NSW 9th December 2022
Each year RDN recognises rural GPs who have achieved 35+ years’ service to remote, rural and regional communities in NSW. .
RDN Announces 2023 Board Members 25th November 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Board members Dr Nigel Lyons and Dr Amanda Brownlow, who were appointed to the RDN Board of Directors at our Annual General Meeting on Friday 25 November 2022. .
“We are absolutely loving it!” Renee’s Bush Bursary experience in Bourke 21st November 2022
Renee Oldfield, a former Paramedic from Toowoomba, is completing a two-week Bush Bursary placement in Bourke with fellow University of Notre Dame first year medical student, Grace Higgins. .
Beach Street Family Practice supports community 31st October 2022
Connection to community is a fundamental component of health workforce capability and it supports, and enables, health professionals to thrive. Thriving rural communities need thriving rural businesses and when the opportunity presented itself for Beach Street Family Practice, Woolgoolga, to support an important community event which celebrated multiculturalism, connection (and food!), the team were quick to jump on board. .
The inaugural RDN-AIS Pilot Nurse Camp Program was a great success, bringing together high school students from Dubbo and northern New South Wales for a packed program introducing country nursing. High school students attend first RDN-AIS nurse camp at Dubbo 26th October 2022
The inaugural RDN-AIS Pilot Nurse Camp Program was a great success, bringing together high school students from Dubbo and northern New South Wales for a packed program introducing country nursing. .
Pockets of sunshine amidst the storm for rural health 25th October 2022
With the media spotlight turning to the national labour shortage, RDN CEO Richard Colbran talks strategy to encourage and support rural and regional GPs. .
Rural placement ‘best five weeks’ of Lucy's degree 23rd October 2022
NSW Rural Doctor’s Network cadet Lucy Vance has described her five-week rural placement in Deniliquin as “the best five weeks of her entire degree”. .
Supporting practice managers to up-skill 11th October 2022
Gina Evans has been Practice Manager at Milton Medical Centre since 2009 and has been proactive with her ongoing education, completing a Diploma in Practice Management and recently receiving a RDN grant to enrol in the Diploma of Leadership in Healthcare Practice. .
Rural Doctors Network pleased to share recruitment success 4th October 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is pleased to share its success in supporting 182 general practitioners and 22 nurses and allied health professionals moving into permanent positions in rural, remote and regional communities across NSW over the past year..
RDN supports call for emergency health funding 16th September 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) welcomes the AMA’s decision to hold an emergency summit of healthcare leaders in Lismore today. RDN calls for immediate funding from the Commonwealth and State Government to support RDN’s Healthcare Flood Recovery Grant Proposal..
New research identifies challenges and opportunities for rural primary care workforce 8th September 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) has today released its annual Primary Health Workforce Needs Assessment (HWNA) Summary Report, providing valuable insight into the current state of the primary health workforce in remote, rural and regional NSW. .
Dr John Curotta AM – farewell to an outreach legend 7th September 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) thanks Dr John Curotta AM, who retired this year after a long and distinguished career, including more than 20 years as an ENT outreach practitioner to NSW Aboriginal communities. He will be sorely missed by RDN, the services he worked with and the communities he served. .
RDN CEO announced as Chair of new Ministerial Advisory Panel 5th September 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) welcomes the announcement from NSW Minister for Regional Health, Bronnie Taylor, that a Ministerial Advisory Panel will be established as part of the Government’s response to the Regional Health Inquiry..
New RDN research provides insight into patient experience of outreach programs 30th August 2022
A new peer-reviewed paper published by Rural Doctors Network (RDN) and University of Sydney research partners has shown a high level of patient satisfaction among rural and Aboriginal patients who access Outreach Program health services in NSW..
Health students embrace ‘Go Rural’ experience on four-day road trip in NSW 29th August 2022
Twenty medical, nursing and allied health students have just completed a four-day trip across NSW as part of RDN's Go Rural program which showcases the benefits of choosing a rural health career. .
Inspiring RDN Outreach Conference a great chance to reconnect 26th August 2022
The NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) Outreach Conference in Sydney last week was a great success with over 120 delegates attending RDN's first face-to-face conference since 2019..
AMA (NSW) and RDN call for immediate grant funding to health services in response to flood report 17th August 2022
AMA (NSW) anticipates the Government response to an independent report on the 2022 NSW floods will include measures to improve grant funding access to health services. “Businesses that provide healthcare services are essential services and are critical to the physical and mental health of residents. As such, they should receive grant funding as a matter of priority following a natural disaster,” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Michael Bonning. .
Vale Dr Geoff White 11th August 2022
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) wishes to express its great sadness at the passing of Dr Geoff White OAM, whose significant contribution to rural health will be felt for generations to come. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. .
RDN supports a future fit and rural ready nursing workforce with surprise scholarships 1st August 2022
Students participating in the Far West Extended Nursing Placement Program (FWENPP) were surprised with a scholarship from RDN last Thursday during a Civic Ceremony hosted by Broken Hill Mayor Tom Kennedy..
Historic health partnership to target diabetes in Western NSW 14th June 2022
A new program to turn around rising diabetes figures in Western NSW has been launched this week, the result of a partnership between NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD), the Far West Local Health District (FWLHD), Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) with funding from the NSW Government. .
Twenty health students ‘go rural’ in Far West NSW 9th June 2022
Last week, 20 medical, nursing, occupational therapy, social work and optometry students from across NSW travelled 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. .
Careers forum to help build the future rural health workforce 13th May 2022
Sydney boarding school students learned what a career in rural health could look like during the third annual Sydney Boarding Schools’ Rural Health Careers Forum hosted by NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) and Pymble Ladies' College. .
RDN grant funding for practice managers and reception staff 12th May 2022
As part of RDN’s ongoing commitment to increase the capability and capacity of rural health professionals, we are pleased to be able to offer three new funding initiatives aimed at supporting practice managers and reception staff..
Medical cadets get a taste of rural careers in Orange 5th May 2022
Thirty-five future doctors met last weekend in Orange, NSW, as part of a NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) immersion program offering students the opportunity to learn about rural medicine and experience the lifestyle and career advantages available in rural NSW. .
Nursing student gets a glimpse into rural health on 'Go Rural' 13th April 2022
“Before going on Go Rural, I didn’t know what the lifestyle was like working in rural health, and the vast amount of carer possibilities available.” Claire Stafford is a third-year Bachelor of Nursing student at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney, and she recently went on RDN’s first Go Rural road trip for 2022. Go Rural is a student immersion experience that shows medical, nursing and allied health students around parts of remote, rural and regional NSW..
Digital technology and rural health: What's the future? 15th March 2022
This month NSW Rural Doctors Network's (RDN) Knowledge Mobilisation Unit Manager, Dr Robyn Ramsden, is guest editor for a special edition of the UK's Health Education Journal, focusing on digital technology and rural health. .
Rural immersion experiences bring future health professionals to rural NSW 10th March 2022
The NSW Rural Doctors Network’s Go Rural road trips are a fantastic opportunity for students studying health to experience a taste of rural life. For Occupational Therapy students Kiyan and Jacinta, their time on Go Rural was integral in their decision to work rurally in the future. .
Temora Bush Bursary a big hit! 3rd February 2022
“I would definitely consider moving to a town like this and this placement has only cemented my view on that.” Second-year nursing student at the University of Notre Dame, Somerset Lewis, recently spent two weeks on a Bush Bursary and Country Women’s Association (CWA) Scholarship Program placement in Temora, where she explored the daily life of community nursing. .
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. .
2021
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..
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..
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..
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)..
#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..
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 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..
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..
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. .
RDN supports Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services with COVID-19 vaccine rollout 27th September 2021
Awabakal Medical Service has received a boost in its capacity to administer COVID-19 vaccinations with the placement of three additional Registered Nurses recruited through RDN. .
The Future of Primary Health Care in Wentworth 20th September 2021
Local health care providers have partnered together to strengthen primary health services in Wentworth and surrounding areas. Dubbed “Collaborative Care”, this program involves a range of local services that are all dedicated to better health care in the region. .
Primary Health Care is Everyone’s Business 6th September 2021
A new program is being trialled in the Wentworth Shire to address local needs in primary health care. The Collaborative Care Program is a community-led approach that builds a shared understanding of local needs and available resources..
Health workforce upskilled to vaccinate with HWSP funding 1st September 2021
NSW Rural Doctors Network is supporting the rural health workforce to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates by providing health workers with funding to become certified immunisers. The funding is provided through the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP)..
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) funding supports psychology services in Orange, NSW 23rd August 2021
The RDN-administered Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) has been empowering the team at PsychSolutions to meet the high demand for specialist psychology services in Orange, NSW with funding to upskill and supervise trainees. .
Dr Frank Brennan delivers 12 years of palliative care outreach services to Port Macquarie and surrounds 6th August 2021
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) thanks Palliative Care Physician Dr Frank Brennan, who has provided more than 12 years of palliative care outreach support to Port Macquarie and surrounding communities. Dr Brennan visited the region monthly to support local palliative care nurses and inpatient medical teams to provide treatment, care, and support for patients living with life-limiting illnesses. .
RDN funding used to improve practice services in Shoalhaven 12th July 2021
Registered Nurse Natalie Sleeman has used the Health Workforce Scholarship Program (HWSP) to increase the care she can provide, ultimately relieving appointment waiting periods in her local community. “The HWSP funding has allowed nurses like myself to upskill so that we are qualified to perform a wide range of interventions on behalf of the GP. .
RDN supports Indigenous birthing program 7th July 2021
RDN is supporting Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation to deliver a culturally-led Birthing on Country program through its Outreach and Health Workforce Scholarship Programs (HWSP). .
How RDN helps overseas trained doctors bring their skills to rural NSW 22nd June 2021
Dr Lakshan Mendis aspired to become a General Practitioner (GP) in rural NSW, but didn’t know where to start. NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) helped Dr Mendis by assisting him in the transition from a hospital doctor to a GP role in Kempsey, NSW. .
Medical student Giselle explores rural health career with help from bush bursary and CWA scholarship 4th June 2021
RDN and the Country Women’s Association are partnering to provide the Bush Bursaries Scholarship to students who are studying health and are interested in a placement at a rural town. .
Supporting the Aboriginal rural health workforce 27th May 2021
Twenty-three-year-old Jordan Amos is an Aboriginal woman from western NSW and is in her fourth year of a medicine degree at the University of Newcastle. While a student, she enrolled into RDN’s Indigenous Cadetship Program and was awarded $30,000 to go towards her medical degree. .
RDN’s 2021 Sydney Boarding Schools' Rural Health Careers Forum 14th May 2021
At an event in Sydney’s Upper North Shore yesterday, RDN helped Sydney boarding school students learn how they could contribute to rural health..
RDN supports medical cadets to get a taste of rural living 2nd May 2021
Thirty-nine medical cadets from universities and hospitals across NSW have just returned from Albury-Wadonga where they went to learn about living and working as a health professional in rural NSW. The immersion experience is part of the NSW Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship, administered by NSW Rural Doctors Network. .
Students go rural! 28th April 2021
“This experience with RDN was invaluable. It has really shaped how I think about my career and I now have a firsthand understanding about what it would be like to work in a rural community.”.
Subsidised training positions for practice managers 29th March 2021
NSW Rural Doctors Network, in partnership with registered training organisation UNE Partnerships, is seeking expressions of interest from practice managers in MMM 3-7 locations who are looking to upskill..
“A real game-changer” – Janine Lord reflects on RDN’s recruitment support services 12th March 2021
Janine Lord, Director/Principal Psychologist at Shoalhaven Psychology shares her experience with RDN’s recruitment support services. .
RDN CELEBRATES OUTREACH WORKERS ON WORLD HEARING DAY 3rd March 2021
On this World Hearing Day, NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is celebrating the work of the health practitioners committed to improving ear and hearing health outcomes and the broader health and wellbeing of the communities they work with. .
2020
Rural doctors awarded for outstanding service to country NSW 13th November 2020
RDN presented the prestigious 2020 Rural Medical Service Award on Saturday 14 November at the RH20 conference, a new online event to connect the rural health community..
NSW Governor thanks rural health professionals for resilience through natural disaster 25th September 2020
The NSW Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, has delivered a touching message of thanks and support to rural health professionals across NSW..
National Rural Health Commissioner seeks engagement with rural health community in online conversation 21st August 2020
Australia’s new National Rural Health Commissioner, Associate Professor Ruth Stewart, is reaching out to health professionals servicing remote and rural communities through an online address on Tuesday 25 August. .
Innovative uses of technology to support outreach telehealth clinics 7th August 2020
The adaptability of our outreach health practitioners is essential to ensure continuity of health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re seeing inspiring examples of this across NSW. Lauren Blatchford - a diabetes educator and podiatrist at Albury Wodonga Aboriginal Health Service - recently used a late model iPhone to help deliver her allied health clinics. .
Additional funds targeting hearing health for Aboriginal children 31st July 2020
RDN has been awarded additional funding to improve ear and hearing health for Aboriginal children in the years before they start school, thanks to the Follow-up Ear and Hearing Health Services (FEHHS) program..
MEDIA RELEASE: Rural healthcare workers given helping hand to maintain their wellbeing during COVID-19 29th June 2020
nib foundation is providing NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) with $230,000 in funding to develop self-care and wellbeing resources for health professionals in remote, rural and regional communities..
Outreach ENT awarded a Member of the Order of Australia 11th June 2020
RDN would like to extend its congratulations to long-standing Outreach provider Dr John Curotta AM for receiving a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list. .
Outreach services in Inverell, NSW 17th April 2020
The Healthy Ears - Better Hearing, Better Listening program and the Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program in Inverell have provided Aboriginal children and families with vital and rewarding opportunities to improve their motor, sensory and speech skills. .
RHOF Pain Management Expansion 17th April 2020
In December 2019 RDN announced we had been awarded Commonwealth funding to expand the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) program until June 2021. A needs assessment to prioritise the use of finite RHOF funding has now been completed, and the RHOF Pain Management Reference Group has convened to commence providing strategic advice and leadership. .
Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS) upskills Toomelah local nurse 17th April 2020
A nurse has been upskilled in essential optometry services through optometry clinics hosted by Toomelah Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), provided by the Brien Holden Vision Institute and funded by the Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS). .
The Bonded Medical Program has changed 31st January 2020
The Bonded Medical Program was established in 2001. Under this program, there are two schemes: the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) scheme and the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) scheme. New arrangements to the Bonded Medical Program (the Program) came into effect on 1 January 2020..
2019
2019 Health Professional and Patient survey 17th December 2019
Each year, RDN conducts surveys of both patients and Outreach health practitioners. In 2018-19, 253 Outreach health practitioners and 492 patients participated..
Ear Health Coordination Program 17th December 2019
RDN and AH&MRC have been appointed to administer the Department of Health’s Ear Health Coordination Program (EHCP) for three years in NSW and the ACT..
Medical Musing: Gait speed and its link to disease risk 17th December 2019
RDN’s Medical Advisor, Dr Liz Barrett, discusses the link between gait speed, biological age and risk of disease identified by the Dunedin Study’s recent findings..
Outreach registrar continues providing clinics after fellowship 17th December 2019
For four years, Dr Arman Babajanyan – a paediatrician based in Katoomba – has been hosting Advanced Trainee Registrars in Lithgow. .
Rural Health Outreach Fund - Pain Management Services expansion 17th December 2019
RDN has been awarded Commonwealth funding to expand the Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF) program until June 2021. The aim of the expansion is to improve access to pain management services for people living in remote and rural NSW communities and enhance the skills and resources available to primary care providers..
Stats: 2018-19 Outreach program outputs 17th December 2019
In 2018-19, Outreach services continued to make significant contributions to patient access and the rural and Aboriginal health workforce, including delivering the program’s one millionth patient Occasion of Service. .
Rural doctors awarded in 2019 for long-standing service to rural NSW 2nd December 2019
Twenty outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 700 years of combined service to rural New South Wales communities. .
Media release: Partnering to support rural communities and health workers 18th September 2019
A unique new initiative launched today will help address the isolation experienced by many health professionals working in rural areas and provide them information and support through their careers..
The Statewide Training Calendar is live! 17th September 2019
RDN, together with partnering organisations, has created an online statewide training calendar listing conferences and CPD opportunities available for health professionals..
Eye care a whole region affair 12th September 2019
RDN recently engaged the Brien Holden Vision Institute to run an upskilling workshop for primary eye care workers from the Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD..
Long-time Outreach provider plans ahead 12th September 2019
Dr John Eden, a long-standing Outreach gynaecology provider who has been delivering outreach clinics to Moree for nine years, will retire in June 2019. .
Outreach Student Placement Program 12th September 2019
Open to medicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health students in any year of their studies at a NSW university, the Outreach Student Placement Program provides the opportunity to complete a placement in a rural area. In 2019, students completed their placements in May and June. .
Media release: 20 future health professionals ‘go rural’ 25th August 2019
This week, 20 medical, nursing and allied health 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 career. .
Rural health profile: Kim Weeks 12th August 2019
Kim Weeks, Practice Manager at Marima Medical Clinic shares how Medical Practice Assistants (MPAs) have improved the patient experience and provided unexpected benefits. .
Med student Maddy Hawthorne enjoys Bush Bursary placement at Bega 1st June 2019
The guaranteed opportunity to work in the country was the defining factor in the decision by 23-year-old Maddy Hawthorne to study medicine, leading her to undertake a Bush Bursaries and Country Women's Association (CWA) Scholarship placement..
Media release: 20 medical students ‘go rural’ in outback health initiative 29th May 2019
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. .
Media release: Building the future rural health workforce 20th May 2019
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. .
Media release: Medical cadets in Dubbo for a taste of rural living 4th May 2019
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). .
Media release: Health providers to prioritise Western NSW health 2nd May 2019
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. .
Close the Gap in Vision by 2020 national conference 15th March 2019
RDN’s Outreach eye health team joined more than 220 delegates from all Australian states and territories at the Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: Strengthen & Sustain National Conference at the Alice Springs Convention Centre on 14 and 15 March 2019. .
2018
Media release: Rural doctors awarded for outstanding service to country NSW 3rd December 2018
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. .
NSW Rural Doctors Network warmly welcomes Bernadette Gotch to the team 23rd November 2018
Bernadette has commenced in the newly created role of Director – Service Delivery. The role reports directly to the CEO and sits within the Executive leadership group together with the Director – Governance and Health Service Development, and the General Manager. .
Optometry Student Experience 31st October 2018
Fifth-year optometry student, Gabrielle Grant-Nilon, completed a four-week outreach placement by participating in Visiting Optometrist Scheme (VOS)-funded optometry clinics earlier this year..
Speech Pathology Upskilling 31st October 2018
The Healthy Ears, Better Hearing, Better Listening (HEBHBL) program supported outreach speech pathologist, Louisa Rostron, and Hunter New England Local Health District (LHD) to provide language development upskilling sessions in Tamworth. .
Women's Heart Awareness Program 31st October 2018
A promising Women’s Heart Awareness Program has commenced in Lismore to educate Aboriginal women on the signs and risks of heart attacks and promote steps to better heart health..
Planning the Western NSW Primary Health Workforce 29th October 2018
The Western NSW Primary Health Workforce Planning Framework Project is creating solutions to workforce planning in Western NSW through the development of a regional, integrated, long-term workforce framework..
Rural cadet shares experience working at an Ophthalmology Outreach Clinic 12th July 2018
By Leanne Uren, Rural Cadet, University of Notre Dame, Lithgow. On 9 and 10 May 2018 I travelled to Moree to complete a rural outreach clinic, arranged and sponsored by NSW Rural Doctors Network. After a bumpy flight on the small Qantas Dash, I arrived safely and raring to go.
Media release: Funding to support the rural health workforce 5th June 2018
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..
Media release: Medical cadets to experience careers in Tamworth 5th April 2018
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..
2017
Media release: Rural doctors awarded for more than 800 years of combined service to country New South Wales 27th November 2017
Twenty four outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 800 years of combined service to country New South Wales communities. .
2016
Media release: Rural doctors awarded for 700 years of combined service to country communities 28th October 2016
Twenty outstanding GPs have been honoured for more than 700 years of combined service to country New South Wales communities..
Media release: NSW Rural Doctors Network announces new CEO 6th September 2016
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. .
Media release: Dr Ian Cameron to retire from NSW Rural Doctors Network 11th July 2016
After 20 years at the helm of the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), Dr Ian Cameron has announced his intention to retire as Chief Executive Officer. .