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Chair's Welcome

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It is with great pleasure that I have accepted the role of FRAME Chairperson for the next two years and look forward to working with you to further build the Federation as a highly respected organisation for all stakeholders.

My current position is Associate Dean, Flinders University School of Medicine and Director of the Flinders University Rural Health South Australia. I lead the Masters in Clinical Education, an interactive, online postgraduate program for health professional educators. I am committed to building the rural health workforce and health services.

Rural Clinical Schools and rural medical schools are vastly improving the health and wellbeing of our rural communities through education. We continue to develop with strong Australian Government support to expand our programs and grow the rural health workforce in the future. .

As the incoming Chair, I would like to thank Prof. Amanda Barnard and her team for their tireless dedication and the hard work. Amanda has been a terrific leader for FRAME over the past two years and I look forward to working collaboratively with all members, stakeholders and other relevant national organisations.

FRAME
FRAME was conceived at a meeting of rural medical academics from Australian medical schools held during the 7th National Undergraduate Rural Health Conference in August 2003 at Pinjarra, Western Australia. 

At this meeting it was recognised that there were many common areas of interest and importance for academics working in the Rural Clinical School (RCS) and Rural Undergraduate Support and Coordination (RUSC) programs that were not able to be met in a focused way by other current national organisations.

 
FRAME Meetings
FRAME meetings are held twice per year, one hosted by an RCS which provides an opportunity to showcase their facilities, local activities and programs. The second is hosted by the Department of Health and Ageing and the Australian National University in Canberra, providing an opportunity for FRAME to develop effective relationships with relevant stakeholders and influence governmental policy direction.
 
 
Australian Rural Clinical Schools
The Australian Government’s Rural Clinical School’s Program was launched in 2000 as part of a concerted effort to address rural, remote and regional medical workforce shortages by enlisting Australian medical schools to deliver rural medical training, recruiting rural medical students and promoting and encouraging rural medical careers.

As a result, Rural Clinical Schools (RCS) deliver significant components of the medial curriculum in a rural environment and are now integral structures within host university medical schools. Importantly, the development of the RCS program has enabled local construction and furnishing of teaching and learning facilities and student accommodation in dozens of rural and regional locations across Australia. There are a number of alternative clinical training models and 17 RCS across Australia.

 
FRAME Aims
The original aims devised at the Pinjarra meeting still drive the FRAME network. They are to:
  • promote rural medical education as an essential and successful component of Australia’s rural medical workforce, higher education and regional development strategies
  • provide an efficient and transparent vehicle for influencing national policy that effects the goals and function of the Rural Clinical Training and Support program throughout Australia
  • facilitate the successful development and maintenance of the RCTS program in all medical schools through collaboration, discussion and sharing of ideas
  • work collaboratively with other relevant national organisations, in particular, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), and Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand (MDANZ)
 
FRAME Policy Group
The FRAME Policy Group sets the FRAME directions and acts as a sounding board for policy matters. It meets regularly with the Executive of the Australian Rural Health Education Network (ARHEN), the peak body for University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) to encourage collaboration.