Tomorow's medical leaders working in Country SA
Friday, 31 March 2017
Three potential future leaders have joined Country Health SA thanks to the Australian Government and the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA).
Through the government’s Integrated Rural Training Program (IRTP), two medical administration trainees have been funded in the Barossa Hills Fleurieu and Flinders and Upper North regions, while a third position will be shared between Yorke and Northern and Eyre and Far North regions.
At the IRTP launch in Adelaide today, RACMA also reaffirmed Specialist Training Program (STP) funding support for a training position in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN).
Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said the three additional positions in rural South Australia was a great outcome, providing support to health services across the regions.
“One of the medical administrators will be based at Mount Barker Hospital, the second will be based between Whyalla and Port Augusta hospitals, and the third will be shared between Port Lincoln and Port Pirie hospitals,” Ms Geraghty said.
“Country Health SA has filled two of the positions and is recruiting to fill the third.
“The IRTP funding supports Country Health SA in training our future medical leaders, helping us deliver the best possible outcomes for people in country hospitals.”
Country Health SA Acting Chief Medical Adviser Dr Jayaraman Thiagarajan welcomed the Australian Government and RACMA’s investment in rural SA.
“I am very thankful to RACMA for investing to develop capacity and capability in clinical leadership in Country Health SA,” Dr Thiagarajan said.
“Clinical leadership and clinical engagement is going to be key to improving the safety and quality of services we provide to our people.”
The Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators President Professor Michael Cleary said medical management roles required the clinical training and expertise of a medical practitioner, but successfully executing these roles also required management capability.
“The IRTP will help deliver a sustainable, Australian-trained future medical workforce for regional, rural and remote communities,” Professor Cleary said.
“RACMA is delighted to be part of further developing South Australia’s medical management capability.”