Rural Generalist Medicine is “Big Picture Medicine”
Ochre Recruitment has a longstanding and proud history of working with rural doctors, making us the key source of rural generalist jobs in both Australia and New Zealand.
With nearly 20 years of fostering relationships with rural and regional hospitals and practices, we have a large and loyal network of contacts, giving doctors unprecedented access to rural generalist opportunities across Australia and New Zealand. Our passion for the growing specialism of rural generalism has never wavered, and is demonstrated through our support and advocacy for a National Generalist Pathway.
The National Generalist Pathway in Australia is aimed at helping the distribution of the medical workforce, encouraging more doctors to live and work in rural and regional areas. “It is a key workforce initiative for rural Australia. At the end of the day, we need the right doctors with the right skills, in the right place. It's a whole package of structured training, recognition and also remuneration that actually creates a functional rural generalist pathway. It was those key components that have been built up in Queensland that led to the success and the significant increase in doctors working in medium to large sized rural hospitals providing procedural services in that state.”
Dr John Hall
The Generalist Pathway provides foundation training and can fast track development in becoming a rural generalist.
Both the ACRRM and RACGP also offer a Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARP).
Rural Hospital Medicine in New Zealand
While Australia has embraced a separate college (ACRRM) to support rural and remote medicine, New Zealand’s Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) has decided to administer two distinct scopes of medical practice with two separate training programmes from the one college.
The second scope, Rural Hospital Medicine, is the pathway New Zealanders take when pursuing their passion for rural medicine and the broader scope of general practice.
The Division of Rural Hospital Medicine provides doctors with an accredited training programme to become a Fellow of Rural Hospital Medicine.
Read more about the scope of Rural Hospital Medicine here.
This career path builds on the general practitioner skill set and requires a broad body of generalist knowledge and specific skills.
Although developed in Australia and refined in Canada, the concept of rural generalism in New Zealand is crucially relevant, given the dispersed population and sustainability of specialist services in rural hospitals.
Many hospitals in New Zealand are struggling to find specialists and are looking to the growing workforce of rural medical generalists to fill the gaps. In fact, our NZ team is working closely with a number of DHBs to help them source rural generalists from New Zealand in addition to rural generalists from overseas.
Schedule an appointment with the NZ Team to find out more about rural generalist opportunities.
If you are more suited to straight general practice, visit our General Practice information page to find out how we can help you.