Case Studies & Profiles

NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program

The great thing about the Rural Generalist program is the flexibility of the program and the fact that it allowed me to do my advanced skills training at Coffs Harbour Health Campus. It’s been a fantastic experience.

Dr Kyle Links, NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program, Trainee.

Case Study

Supported clinical training advancing the skills of rural doctors

In April 2018, Dr Kyle Links became one of the first NSW Rural Generalist trainees to be awarded the Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine and complete the Advanced Skills Training year in Palliative Care.

This significant achievement sees Dr Links join a cohort of General Practitioners (GPs) and General Practice Registrars who have undertaken advanced skills training with the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program and are making a difference to the healthcare of rural and regional patients.

As a local of the Mid-North Coast region, Dr Links said he was attracted to 12-month advanced skills training with the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program because it enabled him to undertake further clinical study while remaining close to home.

“The great thing about the Rural Generalist program is the flexibility of the program and the fact that it allowed me to do my advanced skills training at Coffs Harbour Health Campus,” said Dr Kyle Links.

Dr Links added that the Program offered by the NSW Rural Generalist Medical Training Program was critical in increasing the skills needed to improve the health of rural and remote communities.

These advanced qualifications allow Dr Links to provide palliative care across a range of settings, including hospitals, community health, general practice and a patient’s home.  Dr Links is currently using his newly acquired skills in the Toormina community alongside other health care providers.

The program also gives doctors the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship with a Local Health District supervisor who will continue to mentor them and provide guidance and consultation on various aspects of patient care.

“It’s been a fantastic experience,” he said.