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Primary care in the bush differs somewhat from that in the city – a country doctor needs to be able to manage not just routine office-based general practice, but also engage in emergency on call, in preventative health, palliative care and may have procedural skills in anaesthetics, obstetrics or surgery.

You can learn more about postgraduate primary care training HERE

In terms of Fellowship, the two main Colleges are the Royal Australian College of GP (RACGP) and the  Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

As it’s name suggests, ACRRM focuses very much upon rural and remote medicine and is, in my opinion, the more robust qualification for a rural doctor.

Along the way many rural doctors pick up other skills, such as JCCA credentialling in Anaesthesia or the DRANZCOG in Obstetrics – see the TRAINING tab for more details under respective procedural menu heading.

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