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Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Program

The Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program is a Department of Health Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges  (CPMC) initiative. The program is based on the premise that professional isolation is a major reason why specialists choose to leave rural practice. The program seeks to address this by providing education and networking opportunities targeted at the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of rural specialists.

The SRSA program builds on the successful Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Stream One program.

This page is regularly updated with information on upcoming projects, funding opportunities to support CPD participation, and CPD initiatives that promote multidisciplinary teams and help build vocational support and learning capacity for health professionals in rural and remote locations.
 

Current Projects

Funding Round 5

The governing committee has approved the following key dates for SRSA Funding Round 5:

  • Application window: 1 October 2019 to 31 January 2020

  • Assessment panel review of applications: February 2020

  • Outcome letters distributed via email: March 2020

  • CPD activity completion window: 1 April 2020 to 30 April 2021

For further information including the Application Guidelines and the Online Application Form please visit the website at: ruralspecialist.org.au
 

Funding Round 4

The governing committee has approved the following key dates for SRSA Funding Round 4:
  • Application window: 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019
  • Assessment panel review of applications: April 2019
  • Applicant informed via email of application outcome: May 2019
  • CPD activity completion: 1 June 2019 to 30 June 2020
For further information including the Application Guidelines and the Online Application Form please visit the website at: ruralspecialist.org.au
 

Funding Round 3

The governing committee has approved the following key dates for SRSA Funding Round 3:
  • Application window: 1 June 2018 – 31 August 2018
  • Assessment panel review of applications: September 2018
  • Applicant informed via email of application outcome: October 2018
  • CPD activity completion: 1 November 2018 – 31 December 2019
 

Funding Round 2

The governing committee has approved the following key dates for SRSA Funding Round 2:
  • Application window: 1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
  • Assessment panel review of applications: March 2018
  • CPD activity completion: 1 April 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
 

Funding Round 1

The SRSA PMU received 21 eligible applications for individual grants from Fellows with a RANZCOG affiliation. The assessment process resulted in 18 applications being approved for either full or partial funding.

 

Past Projects


Rural Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound Practice (2015)

 

Funding period: March – November 2015


During 2015, RANZCOG obtained funding from the Commonwealth Government, Rural Health and Continuing Education (RHCE) to conduct additional practical ultrasound training for rural Fellows.

The aims of the project were to improve accuracy in the diagnosis of patients who present for pregnancy or common gynaecological conditions, and provide upskilling in a fast changing discipline.

The project was open to RANZCOG Rural Fellows located in ASGC Remoteness Areas Zoned 2 - 5.

"It is anticipated that eight Practical Ultrasound Visits will be held in 2015. Each full day visit will be conducted by a facilitator and will be held at one participant’s practice with up to three other participants joining at the location.

The visit will include:

  • a demonstration of the optimal use of an ultrasound machine,

  • a demonstration of a systematic approach to ultrasound scanning,

  • ‘hands on’ practical sessions scanning O&G volunteers,

  • practical report writing opportunities,

  • feedback on scanning,

  • a discussion on how to explain findings to the patient, and

  • an opportunity to discuss any questions you may have.

The proposed visits will contribute to fulfilling CPD/PD requirements as they involve quality assurance and educational activities aimed at improving one’s own practice."


Project Type: Quality improvement

Target Audience: Specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists
 


Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Grants (2015)


RHCE Funding Round Seven for Individual Grants closed in 2015.
 

These Projects were funded by the Department of Health and Ageing under the Rural Health Continuing Education Sub-program (RHCE) Stream One which is managed by the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges.

RANZCOG is solely responsible for the content of, and views expressed in, any material associated with these Projects.
 


Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) (2011-2014)


Funding period: September 2011 – October 2014

"The PROMPT program was developed in the United Kingdom in response to the identified need to reduce risks associated with obstetric care. PROMPT delivers multi-professional obstetric emergency training within hospitals using teamwork, drills, interactive lectures and simulation methods. Studies have found that one of the root causes of risk in maternity is the lack of multidisciplinary training in the management of obstetric emergencies.

PROMPT is a train the trainer program that focuses on training the obstetric team generally made up of obstetricians, anaesthetists and midwives.
PROMPT focuses on teamwork in managing common obstetric emergencies such as:

  • Basic life support & maternal collapse

  • Maternal cardiac arrest & ALS

  • Anaesthetic emergencies

  • Fetal monitoring in labour

  • Pre-eclampsia & eclampsia

  • Maternal sepsis

  • Major obstetric haemorrhage

  • Shoulder dystocia

  • Cord prolapse

  • Vaginal breech birth

  • Twin birth

  • Acute uterine inversion

  • Basic newborn resuscitation

The simulation training will enable teams to practice drills in response to these emergencies."


Project Type: Train the trainer

Collaborating Colleges: ANZCA, ACM, ACRRM

Target audience: Obstetrics; Anaesthetics; Midwifery

Project resources: Trainer Manual, Course Manual, Supporting USB of resources, DVD ‘PROMPT’ Scenarios

 


Rural Procedural Audit (RPA) project (2010-2013)


Funding period:  December 2010 - December 2013

"This project aims to provide an electronic data collect tool that facilitates the collation and individualised reporting of comprehensive audit data for selected procedures carried out in the rural areas.

This project will provide support for fifteen rural centres over three years as well as individual surgeons to collect and analyse audit data in key craft group procedures using an electronic data collection program called FileMaker Pro.

To achieve the best outcomes, the audit cycle will concentrate on areas of clinical importance, continue over time and involve a cycle of analysis, reflection, dissemination and education."


Project Type: Procedural audit

Collaborating Colleges: RACS, RACP, RANZCO, RANZCOG

Target audience: Surgeons; Physicians Adult Medicine; Ophthalmologists; Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


RPA data has now been imported into MALT. You should be able to access all of your past data through your MALT account. If there are cases that appear to have been excluded, this may be due to an error in the mapping from RPA to MALT. Contact the MALT Helpdesk for assistance – [email protected]

Please note that the RPA FileMaker system is no longer being supported. If you have been using the College FileMaker licence, you must remove FileMaker from your computer as the College will not be maintaining these licences.

To remove the program from a PC: You can use the Windows XP Add or Remove Programs control panel, or the Windows Vista or Windows 7 Programs and Features control panel, to uninstall FileMaker Pro.

To remove the program from a Mac: 1. Drag the FileMaker Pro 12 folder and all its contents from the Applications folder to the Trash. 2. Drag the FileMaker Pro preferences file to the Trash.

The pathname for the preferences file is: <home>/Library/Preferences/com.filemaker.client.pro.plist


More information contact: Angie Spry
 


Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality: learning from adverse events to improve care (2011-2013)


Funding period: July 2011 – October 2013

"The project seeks to improve the audit, investigation and peer review skills of regional and rural obstetricians and paediatricians who have been involved in perinatal adverse events that have resulted in an unexpected transfer to a special care nursery, neonatal intensive care unit or a perinatal death. By learning from these events, clinicians can improve clinical and organisational practice. A full day audit will be conducted by two facilitators which will include a retrospective 12 – 24 month record review; interviews with staff including obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives, registrars and anaesthetists; a review of practice surroundings; and checking compliance with the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. Verbal feedback will be provided at the conclusion of the visit, followed by a detailed report."


Project Type: Audit and peer review

Collaborating Colleges: RACP, ACM, PSANZ

Target audience: Regional and Rural obstetricians; Paediatricians; Neonatologists; Pathologists


More information contact: Angie Spry

 


Practice Visits (2011 - 2013)

 

Funding period: July 2011 – October 2013


"Practice visits provide collegial peer review of specialists within their work environment. This type of review consists of a preliminary surgical logbook patient satisfaction questionnaire, practice profile survey, observation of major and minor surgery, a peer visit with two outside Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, interviews with colleagues, and record review. The outcome of the visit is for the specialist to gain an understanding of their performance / competencies while gaining frank feedback about areas of vulnerability that could be addressed to improve patient care. The impact of this local CPD is comprehensive through the use of a large variety of data and investigation sources, which input into the outcome."


Project Type: Quality Improvement

Target audience: Specialist obstetricians; Specialist gynaecologists


More information contact: Angie Spry
 

 

 

More information 

Angie Spry 
Coordinator, Regional Fellows 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9412 2971

OR 

SRSA Program Management Unit
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: +61 2 9256 5419
Web: www.ruralspecialist.org.au

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