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Day 2 – Thursday, 14 May 2015

Issues Raised from Day 1
No issues were raised
Parameters and Funding
Issues for discussion/consultation with the department
  • What sort of Evidence does the department want?
    • Rural cohort versus other GAMSAT or GPA
    • Confidentiality of data and how we share it
    • How do rural origin students perform in Graduate programs
    • Keep an eye on urban converts
    • Entry scores for non rural/rural students
    • Admissions criteria
* Most RCS staff do not have input with regard to University controlled Admission criteria
* How to strengthen links with Admissions
  • Demographics of particular areas
  • Discussion should be had on definition of ‘rural’ background.
Draft Proposal Paper – Members expressed confusion on the Rural Medical Training core requirements – (term 2d) which states that ‘A number of Australian medical students equivalent to at least 30% of the University’s Commonwealth-supported medical student allocation must come from a rural background, defined as residency for at least 10 years cumulatively in an ASGS-RA 2-5 area, or 5 years consecutively prior to commencing medical school training’
Action: Amanda to contact David Meredyth urgently for clarification on item 2d and will then send the response to all Directors.
  • How does FRAME take this forward?
    • Attendance at Admissions conferences (held every couple of years) – FRAME to perhaps give a presentation on some of the issues about rural entry origin - what are we measuring and why, and what are reasonable outcome measurements.
  • Reward system for those who meet quota of 30% - bonus dollars for increasing numbers
    • What penalties/consequences if quota is not met?
  • Change in short term placements – at least 50% compulsory
    • Bucket of funding will remain the same with perhaps a little CPI increase
    • Up to each RCS how they allocate the bucket
  • Graduate Reporting
Item 2e states that universities must report on the number of its graduates who are working in rural medical practice, with identification of their status with regard to rural origin, type of rural placement (short or long), ATSI background, Bonded Medical Places Scheme and the Medical Rural Bonded Scheme. This is a huge undertaking considering the significant expansion of data required for collection, and will need support through funding.