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Leadership Program (Jennene Greenhill & Judi Walker)
- The 4 day intensive program run in Broome last year was very successful.
- The Snapshot survey indicates that Leadership training is worthwhile and Medical Deans feel it is an area that can be developed to generate income for FRAME.
- It is an enormous amount of work to organise and run the Leadership Program. This may be easier with the assistance of a secretariat.
- It was suggested that a mentoring program be developed from the Leadership program.
Action: Prof Jennene Greenhill, Prof Judi Walker & Ms Georgia Von Guttner to draft a discussion paper, outlining opportunities for the Leadership Program. The paper is to include financial modelling.
National Rural Health Alliance (Judi Walker)
- The Chair is representing FRAME on the NRHA Council until the end of 2014.
- A new representative will be required for 2015.
- There are a large number of issues that aren’t strategic business for FRAME, but it is important to have membership. Education is only one aspect of business of NRHA.
- There are 35 organisations belonging to the NRHA so it is often hard to get consensus from such a diverse group.
- For key issues such as medical student numbers, FRAME has been able to make a positive contribution to discussion papers.
- Prof Walker circulates relevant information via the Ausframe mailing list.
Medicare Locals/Co-payment issues
The Commission of Audit has made recommendations regarding Medicare Locals.
FRAME members have varying degrees of relationships with Medicare Locals that enhance training.
The Australian Association of Academic Primary Care has released an evidence based statement about the impact of a $15 co-payment.
The group discussed if there was a role for FRAME to respond to the issue of co-payments, as it will impact on the patient mix that students are exposed to.