Supporting rural GPs and health practitioners

GPs4RuralDocs – a GP service for rural health practitioners

At Rural Doctors Foundation, we understand the health of our GPs and health practitioners is critical to the wellbeing of a rural community. We recognise their dedication and the challenges that come with rural practice. This dedication, in combination with limited healthcare options, distance and work shortages often results in rural GPs neglecting their own health and wellbeing.

With the introduction of our innovative new GPs4RuralDocs program, rural doctors can prioritise their own healthcare without having to leave town or consult a colleague.  

What is GPs4RuralDocs?

GPs4RuralDocs is a GP service aimed specifically at rural doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners. We hope to provide Australia’s essential rural health workforce with the same high level of care that they provide their own patients.

The service is delivered by a team of doctors who understand rural practice and are trained in doctor-to-doctor care and mental health.

These GP consultations can address specific health concerns or act as a simple health checkup – just as they would for any patient in a GP clinic.

 

How does it work?

The visiting GPs hold clinics in various rural communities, multiple times a year, with telehealth services available between visits.

This combination of face-to-face and telehealth consultations allows the patient to develop continuity and trust with an independent GP trained in doctor-to-doctor care.

If you’re a health practitioner looking to secure an appointment, simply look out for an upcoming clinic in your town, and book via our confidential online booking system.

Why is GPs4RuralDocs such an essential program for rural doctors?

Like their patients, rural doctors face challenges in accessing healthcare. Being the only doctor in town or part of a small close-knit team of healthcare professionals, accessing independent and confidential healthcare isn’t easy.

 

 

This leaves most rural healthcare practitioners faced with the choice of either being seen by a colleague, or forced to travel extraordinarily long distances to receive the very same level of independent care they provide their own patients.

These challenges impact both the individual and the communities they serve. It can lead to burnout and illness, forcing much-needed healthcare workers to leave their rural practices for extended periods of time.

GPs4RuralDocs results in healthy, resilient and accessible healthcare practitioners who are better equipped to care for their patients.
In looking after the physical, mental health and overall wellbeing of our GPs and health practitioners, it reduces incidence of stress and burnout, and means they stay living and working in their rural communities.

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GP services for rural health practitioners

If you are a health practitioner in a rural community, and need to see a GP, check to see if we will be in your community soon.

Want to be a GP for rural health practitioners?

If you want to support your rural health practitioners, by providing GP services in rural communities, find out more about our GPs4RuralDocs program.

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Dr Sue Masel travels over 700km to receive her health care.

Read Sue's story and why she is passionate about the GPs4RuralDocs program.


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