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2021
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. .
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..
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. .