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Gone bush to improve healthcare

11 Oct 2022

We’re going back to the bush for this episode of Taking care. 

Key points
  • The latest episode of Taking care looks at innovations in rural and remote healthcare and what metropolitan services can learn from healthcare in the bush.
  •  Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Faye McMillan AM, and CEO of New South Wales Rural Doctors Network, Richard Colbran discuss with host Tash Miles the uniqueness of healthcare outside the city.
  • They discuss the creative and pragmatic approach to safe healthcare when doctors are not always in town and the strong connections with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Host Tash Miles is joined by Deputy National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Faye McMillan AM, and CEO of New South Wales Rural Doctors Network, Richard Colbran on both the practitioners experience working in rural and remote areas but also what innovations are being born out of the challenges these communities face.

As a proud Wiradjuri woman and registered pharmacist, Professor Faye McMillan is particularly protective of rural and remote communities and a huge advocate for what they can offer practitioners.

‘It is the opportunity to be part of the community, not an add on ... It’s the opportunity to look at how multiple components of communities need to come together.’

As CEO of NSW Rural Doctors Network, Richard Colbran works supporting rural doctors to deliver care to their communities. He sees the challenges practitioners face, and also the passion.

‘Rural health is actually the last bastion of whole of health care if you like. It’s where a team works as a team. It’s where clinicians get to practise, or train and then practise at the top of their scope. And it’s where groups of people come together and think about having the patient at the centre.’

And it’s this passion for patients and access to safe care that has demanded innovative way to deliver, treat and communicate with patients.

‘We have places where we don’t have GP-led models. We do actually have allied health led models where a GP is part of that team, but because they’re not there all the time they are working with the other health professionals that are there,’ Professor McMillan said.

Hear more of this conversation and the about the innovative work in the full episode.

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