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Day 2: Friday, 4 May

Concurrent Caucus and Administration Sessions

Operational Managers

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 ‘lapsingto ongoing however ongoingmeans 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.

DoHA Reporting

  • 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.