Supporting GP advanced rural skills training

McKenzie, Andrew, Beaton, Neil, Hollins, Jane, Jukka, Clare, and Hollins, Aaron (2013) Supporting GP advanced rural skills training. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21 (1). pp. 41-45.

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Objective: The aim of this study was to: investigate doctors' experiences of support during GP advanced rural skills training, and identify strategies to improve support.

Design: The qualitative responses from a cross-sectional, postal survey are reported.

Setting: Rural vocational training sector.

Participants: Sixty-one doctors who had completed GP advanced rural skills training (procedural or non-procedural) in Queensland between 1995 and June 2009 participated in the study.

Main outcome measure: Advanced trained doctors' experiences of support and their strategy recommendations to improve support.

Results: Experiences and strategies to improve support were developed into a framework of support, consisting of three theme areas. Strategies included: provision of training and career advice to allow immediate use of advanced skills; introduction of rural attachments and rural case studies during training to ensure rural orientation; development of GP mentor and peer networks for clinical and non-clinical support; advocacy to improve understanding and recognition of advanced rural skills training.

Conclusions: Expanded support is required across the pre-enrolment, training, early practice continuum. A holistic approach to support is required. Training providers, professional bodies, health departments, universities and workforce agencies need to work together to address and resource the support needs of advanced, rural GP trainees before, during and after training.

Item ID: 25448
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: general practitioner, procedural practice, rural health workforce, support, vocational training
Funders: Queensland Health
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2013 02:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 50%
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