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Four Breakout Sessions and Problem Solving Groups

  1. Competition for clinical placements
  2. University issues/influencing/finance/centralisation
  3. Research/Celebrations/Publications
  4. Vertical Integration/Medical education

Feedback from Breakout Sessions

Competition for Clinical Placements

  • Most ideas came back to money, paying for academic, clinician, administration resources to facilitate placements, paying for accommodation, travel, allied health to go to locations. Keep applying for funding to boost resources.
  • Collaboration with local community taskforce groups – group of people within community passionate about accommodating students, capacity, how to get students into community.
  • Informal collaboration within RCSs – how RCS can work together.
  • Central co-ordination – threats.
  • Allied health, nursing and med doing placements together. Multi-disciplinary environment in hospitals and GP placements.
  • ClinConnect was discussed, a NSW database of every student in every discipline, in NSW health facilities (see http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/clinicalplacements/).
  • Placement software, opening up a lot more choice. Clinical Placement Network has the potential to make things work. Some states are further ahead than others in this regard. Electronic clinical placement (i.e. like wotif.com), may not always work.

Universities/Infrastructure/Funding issues

  • Loss of independence with the centralisation of services, leading to a lack understanding of rural needs.
  • HR – Professional staff job descriptions, on-call requirement for student support.
  • Central University ‘Grab’ brought on by funding shortages.
  • University of Sydney has a social inclusion unit/rural focus group.
  • Be represented on relevant central committees to influence; ensure key people involved & integrate back into central.
  • Welcome the 5% rule to protect funds; supporting regional development.
  • Future funding – internal review happening within DoHA.
  • Maintaining capital works.
  • Accommodation challenges – Kimberley/Pilbara; Partnerships with mining companies, Shire, Rotary, Community, Pubs, CWA contributing.
  • Management/Services for student accommodation/Subsidised private accommodation potential option.
  • Timing often too short for HWA funding applications.
  • HWA representative to attend FRAME.
  • Salary Sacrifice for teaching in remote areas.
  • HWA differential funding approach – urban, rural, remote