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Canberra October 2016 Minutes

6 + 7 October 2016
ANU Commons Function Centre, Bldg X004 Childers St
Australian National University, Canberra
Rural Clinical Schools and Regional Medical Schools from the following Australian universities were represented at the meeting:

University of Western Sydney

Monash University

Australian National University

Flinders University

Flinders NT

Griffith University

University of Wollongong

University of Sydney

University of Notre Dame Australia

Deakin University

University of New South Wales

James Cook University

University of Newcastle

University of Tasmania

University of Melbourne

University of Adelaide

University of Queensland

University of Western Australia

The Commonwealth Department of Health was represented by:-

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Assistant Minister for Rural Health
Mr Damian Tuck, Assistant Secretary, Health Training Branch, Health Workforce Division, DoH
Ms Jennie Della, Director, Professional Entry and Rural Training Section, Health Training Branch, DoH
Dr Susan Wearne, Medical Adviser, Health Workforce Division, DoH


Day 1 – Thursday, 6 November 2016
Acknowledgement to Country given by Ms Gaye Doolan, Indigenous Health Team RCS ANUMS
Introductions given by Professor Amanda Barnard, FRAME Chair and Professor Shirley Leitch, Acting Vice Chancellor, The Australian National University
Opened by The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, Assistant Minister for Rural Health
  • Dr Gillespie welcomed everyone to the meeting and advised that it was pleasure to be asked to open the FRAME meeting.
  • He spoke briefly about his background which included being born in Canberra, and spending a large part of his career in Rural Health as Director of Training in Port Macquarie Base Hospital from 1997 to 2010.
  • Mentioned that it takes a special kind of energy to work in health in regional, rural and remote areas and without that kind of workforce, it would be difficult to deliver healthcare to Australians in the rural and remote areas.
  • Advised that the Coalition government is investing nearly $94 million over four years into the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine and as part of this, that later today he would be releasing a media statement, that the Department of Health, in their commitment to building a health workforce that meets the needs of regional and rural communities, would be announcing the release of the request for proposals for regional training hub funding – on Tuesday 11th October.
  • Regional Training Hubs will form the backbone of the IRTP for Medicine and he looks forward to the outcome of this process and the start of regional training hubs across Australia.
  • Appointment of a new National Rural Health Commissioner, who will be both an advocate and a leader – making sure that rural and remote health stays firmly on the agenda.
  • Dr Gillespie also said that he was looking forward to a strong collaborative relationship and successful outcomes for all.
  • He once again thanked FRAME for the opportunity to attend the meeting and advised that he would be staying on to see the RCS roundup next on the schedule.

Rural Clinical School/Regional Medical School roundup

All RCSs gave a 3 minute presentation on their Most outstanding achievement / key challenges over the next 1-2 years.

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