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Better Medical Care

for Rural WA Initiative

Well supported country doctors delivering quality medical care

The Better Medical Care for Rural WA Initiative is a coordinated, targeted response to address the challenges faced by rural doctors across the State. It is a partnership between WA Country Health Service and Rural Health West to ensure doctors can access relevant ongoing medical training, timely locum support and professional mentoring. It also ensures that their families are well supported to live and work across rural Western Australia (WA).

What is being delivered under the Initiative?

Education and training for medical practitioners.

The Better Medical Care for Rural WA Initiative delivers more than 20 continuing professional development opportunities to rural doctors to extend and enhance their medical skills and knowledge.

Procedural mentoring programs
The medical practitioner Procedural Mentoring Program is offered to 18 newly-graduated proceduralists across a mix of procedures.

Family assistance program
The Family Assistance Program provides a range of opportunities and activities to help rural medical families integrate into the community and to engage with other medical families from across rural WA.

Locum support service
Under the Better Medical Care for Rural WA Initiative, an extended Locum Support Service is available for medical practitioners in priority locations.

Visiting medical specialist service
Many communities across rural WA are visited by specialist medical teams and health professionals who help country people access the care they need closer to home. It is important the care provided by visiting teams is coordinated with local medical and health professionals who may be required to provide ongoing care for people between specialist visits.