RDAQ is currently working on behalf of Queensland's rural doctors in a number of important areas, including negotiation and renegotiation of employment contracts; recruitment and support for Overseas Trained Doctors; implementation of the Maternity Services Review; representation on the Rural & Remote Clinical Network and models for improved service delivery in rural areas.
The Association has a focus on not only improving conditions for rural doctors and their families, but also for communities in which they live and work.
In Queensland, RDAQ represents rural doctors in many forums. RDAQ representatives meet regularly with both the State Health Minister and Queensland Health, ensuring that state rural health issues retain a high profile. We also have links with rural organisations such as the Rural Press Club, CWA and Agforce.
To address national issues, RDAQ is a member of the Rural Doctor's Association of Australia, (RDAA). Each state has a representative on the Board of RDAA. Many private general practice issues are addressed on a national level through liaison with the Federal Minister for Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. Importantly, RDAA represents rural doctors at a raft of national meetings, helping to ensure that rural medical issues get appropriate attention. RDAQ President Dr Tash Coventry is assisted by immediate Past-president Prof Tarun Sen Gupta as RDAQ's representatives to RDAA for 2015-16.
IMPLEMENTATION of COAG Section 19.2 (a) EXEMPTIONS FOR SMALL RURAL COMMUNITIES
RDAQ has worked with Queensland Health and other stakeholders to develop State-wide guidelines for the implementation of the COAG initiative to allow bulk billing of primary health care services provided from public health facilities in eligible rural towns.
To view the guidlines, click here
In conjunction with Queensland Health, RDAQ has developed a manual for new MS-PPs and MO-PPs. A copy of this document is available here
One of RDAQ's most significant achievement s for MS-PPs and MO-PPs in recent times has been the granting of inaccessibility allowances under the EB6 agreement. The original agreement failed to provide this allowance to MS-PPs and MO-PPs, but RDAQ has worked with AMAQ and other rural stakeholders to ensure that these doctors, who are often working in solo practices in some of the most isolated areas in the State, will now be able to access these allowances. These incentives have been transferred to the new QH employment contracts
The Association continues to promote MS-PP reform, including safe working hours, and a transition where possible from one doctor towns to models where two or more doctors service rural and remote towns and communities.
RDAQ continues to represent MS-PPs industrially and is available to assist in the renegotiation of QH employment contracts.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT TRIALS AND IMPLEMENTATION
RDAQ representatives are serving on various Committees which are overseeing the trial of the Physician Assistant model in Queensland. .
The Association has adopted a 'wait and see' approach pending the rigorous and transparent evaluation of these trials. RDAQ supports task delegation rather than task substitution in the delivery of health care services to rural and remote Queensland communities.
IMPLEMENTATION of the REVIEW of MATERNITY SERVICES in QUEENSLAND RDAQ welcomed the nomination of Dr Cherell Hirst to oversee the implementation of this important review. The Association previously joined with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine to make a detailed submission to the Review.
RDAQ/ACCRRM submssion to the Reivew of Maternity Services
In recent years the implementation of the review has seemed to stall. At RDAQ 2012 the Queensland Minister for Health announced the restoration of obstetric and procedural services at Beaudesert with strategies to susatain Emerald and Chinchilla/Dalby soon to follow. RDAQ will continue to advocate to the Minister's office, Office of Rural and Remote Health and Health and Hospital Services Boards through the development and implementation of these strategies.
RDAQ has developed an indigenous health policy in partnership with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council.
A copy of the policy document is available here
"THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EQUATION"
- issues that impact on overseas-trained doctors in rural & remote Queensland
Health Workforce Queensland & Rural Doctors Association of Queensland. (2005). "The Other Side of the Equation" - issues that impact on Overseas-trained doctors in rural & remote Queensland . Brisbane: HWQ.
RDAQ values the membership of any doctor or medical student who supports our objectives and has an interest in rural medicine in Queensland.
Associate membership is available to community members, allied health practitioners and doctors retired from membership.
RDAQ membership runs on a calendar year.
Annual General Meeting 2015
RDAQ renews Rules of Association - the motion as follows was carried.
Members consider and adopt the proposed new rules of Association as circulated 21st May 2015 to achieve harmonisation with legislative requirements under the Association Incorporations Act 1981 and improve governance of RDAQ.
You can download a copy of the new rules here.
The final step in this process is to lodge the new rules with the Office of Fair Trading.
For further information please contact Marg Moss at email@example.com
or 07 3221 4444.
Newly elected 2015-16
RDAQ Management Committee 2016 - 2017
President: Michael Rice
Imm Past-pres: Natasha Coventry
President-elect: Konrad Kangru
Secretary: Sue Masel
Treasurer: Tarun sen Gupta
RT Lewandoski Ewen McPhee
Michael Reinke Charles Mudimu
Ebonney Van der Meer Clare Walker
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