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National Rural Generalist Pathway Project

A Rural Generalist is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific current and future healthcare needs of Australian rural and remote communities, in a sustainable and cost-effective way, by providing both comprehensive general practice and emergency care and required components of other medical specialist care in hospital and community settings as part of a rural healthcare team.

The Australian Government has initiated steps to build the foundations for a National Rural Generalist Pathway (NRGP) in line with the Collingrove Agreement and has provided funding to jurisdictions to establish coordination units. Since Queensland’s coordination unit is already well established through the Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway, the funding is being directed to the development of a Post Fellowship Rural Generalist Support Framework. Health Workforce Queensland and Queensland Health’s Queensland Country Practice are working in partnership to deliver the project.

The Post Fellowship Rural Generalist Support Framework vision is:

“For rural doctors to be recognised, valued, and provided with opportunities to maintain and develop skills to sustainably meet local community need and to ensure a fulfilling career as rural generalists in an integrated health system that shares resources.”

The project involves two phases:

Phase 1

Phase 1 of the project sought to gather information to aid in the design of a post fellowship support framework through semi-structured interviews and a state-wide Survey of doctors working in primary and secondary care in regional, rural, and remote communities.

The Post Fellowship Support Framework for Rural Doctors – A Queensland Pilot Project was published in February 2021.

Phase 2

Phase 2 is leveraging key learnings obtained during Phase 1 to construct the Post Fellowship Support Framework and strengthen integration between primary and secondary care in Queensland communities.

This work will include:

  • Development of case studies of models where primary and secondary care are successfully integrated;

  • Working with identified communities to capture the journey moving from siloed primary and secondary health service delivery to greater workforce and service integration.

Related Links

Advice to the Rural Health Commissioner on the Development of a National Rural Generalist Pathway – Dec 2018

Further Information

Health Workforce Queensland Data Team

Queensland Health