Ongoing professional support

Professional support encompasses everyday work issues such as

  • referrals
  • second opinions and advice
  • access to clinical and procedural medical services
  • ongoing professional development.
If at all possible, try to assign a professional mentor for your OTD, even if the mentor is located elsewhere and contact must be primarily by phone.

Your local Division of General Practice, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the relevant Specialist Medical College, Medicare Local or even your local Rural Workforce Agency may be able to help you find an appropriate mentor.

National Divisions of General Practice
Specialist Medical Colleges
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Medicare Locals – more information
RWAs – more information and links

Professional development and support

Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO)
RRMEO is the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine’s (ACRRM) medical education and online learning platform that combines online resources and education activities with telemedicine services.

Through RRMEO, ACRRM members (and other RRMEO subscribers) participate in a wide range of learning activities and discussion groups, sharing experiences and knowledge with mentors and peers nearby or thousands of kilometres away.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
ACRRM is one of two colleges in Australia that are responsible for setting and arbitrating standards for the medical specialty of general practice.

Although our graduates may practise anywhere in Australia, our programs particularly focus on the unique scope and depth of clinical skills, knowledge and values that are required by practitioners working in rural and remote contexts.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners: gplearning
gplearning is an interactive online CPD education service containing over 200 activities on a wide range of subject areas.

Note that both RRMEO and gplearning are member only sites and require a login for access.

CRANAplus
CRANAplus is dedicated to the development and delivery of safe, high quality primary healthcare to remote and isolated areas of Australia through the education and support of remote health practitioners and advocacy for the issues affecting them and the people in their care.

CRANAplus operates the Bush Support Line 1800 805 391 specifically for the psychological support of those delivering health care to the remote and isolated regions of Australia. It’s a free 24-hour confidential telephone and support service staffed by psychologists with rural and remote experience. No membership required.

National Divisions of General Practice
Specialist Medical Colleges
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
RWAs – more information and links
Medicare Locals – more information