The RVTS curriculum incorporates the RACGP Curriculum and the ACRRM Primary Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to accommodate the practical educational issues posed by remoteness, in particular by providing well supported remote supervision. It is specifically tailored to the needs of rural and remote medical practice. It is a four year program which encompasses the following key areas related specifically to remote practice.
Essential emergency skills and knowledge (including trauma, obstetric skills, internal medicine, surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry, women in rural practice and retrieval medicine); and other essential skills and knowledge particular to the remote setting
The nature of remote communities
Issues such as support structures and family issues, professional boundary issues, confidentiality, social and cultural influences of mental health, home visiting protocols, and cultural frameworks.
Remote population health, public health infrastructure, disease control, remote environmental health, remote preventive medicine, relevant legislation, community roles, and the role of the remote doctor as community advocate and government medical officer.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
The health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and comparison with the health status of non-Indigenous Australians; the diagnosis and management of the common diseases that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; the impact of history and current social, environmental, political and cultural factors on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and the provision of culturally appropriate, accessible health services.
Management skills and professional networks
Effective practice management and integration with other health services, teamwork, support networks, media management in crises, information technology applications, and developing healthcare projects.
Areas such as professional development strategies, self-analysis, working in a remote context and stress management.
Advanced skills training
Twelve months training is available to registrars in advanced skills curricula such as anaesthetics, obstetrics, emergency medicine, Aboriginal health, paediatrics, mental health, adult internal medicine, surgery, remote medicine, population health, and small rural town practice. Advanced skills training is a curriculum requirement for the FACRRM and FARGP. ACRRM Advanced Specialised Training Curricula are available on the ACRRM website.