Day 2: Friday, 4 May
Concurrent Caucus and Administration Sessions
DoHA Funding (Padmaja Jha and Michelle Hillard)
- Underspend of over $250K within a 6-month reporting period can result in the withholdingof the next payment
- Do not use operational funding for Capital Works programs (previously there was some flexibility with approval from the Dept – no longer the case)
- Spend to your budget as closely as possible
- Any rolled RCS Surplus to be expended by June 30, 2012
- Review of all 40+ funding programs is currently underway
- Desire for a structured meeting between DoHA and RCSs to work through planning/budgets Start to think about 5- or 10-year planning, rather than just year –to-year – evidence that Rural Clinical Schools are thinking ahead (long-term) will assist the Department with their funding submissions to Treasury
- RCS program has been reclassified from ‘lapsing’ to ‘ongoing’ – however ‘ongoing’ means only that it is funded until mid-2014 at this stage
- Sign-off requirements on reporting – Finance Reports: Progress = ‘Qualified Accountant’,End of Cycle = External Audit
- 5% funding cap for main campus costs – how is this meant to be defined? There is a discrepancy between the Deed and the Reporting template. DoHA to advise.
- Request to DoHA to unlock the reporting template so that at least spell-check and copy/paste functions can be used
- Sharing of all RCSs reporting outcomes.
Communications / Relationships
- There was a request that DoHA standardize their reporting requirements (which haseffectively been done) and their requests for additional information (difficult to do).
Four Week Rural Placement Requirement
- Issues with capacity
- Returning long-term rural students to metro settings in order to accommodate short-term metro students in the rural settings – defeats purpose!
- Changes in curricula/medical programs – many courses now 4yrs instead of 5 or 6yrs so much more difficult to ‘squeeze in’ a specific rural ‘block’; many Med Schools have now integrated ‘rural medicine’ into overall curriculum, so students have far greater awareness of rural health issues but do not necessarily need to undertake a structured ASGC-RA2-5
placement; shift to graduate entry programs means greater number of mature-age students
with partners/children which in turn makes it even more difficult to relocate them for long
blocks of time without upsetting family life
- Sheer cost of managing placements without specific RUSC funding isolated from University coffers
- Competitive market - # Medical Schools increased, # students increased, # available teaching sites and clinicians fairly steady.