Rural Doctor Check-up Program
We know that geographical isolation is one barrier that prevents rural doctors from accessing independent medical care and we are seeking to address this by funding visits to your region. We have had experience with these in the past, through a similar program run by the RDWA’s Dr DOC program in 2003 which was very well received by the dozens of rural doctors who participated.
This is a way to access timely medical care for yourself. This initiative aims to directly support the health of rural and remote doctors working across SA and we are fortunate to have a team of experienced GPs who are keen to offer the service to their colleagues.
In this financial year (19/20) DHSA has received funding from the Country SA PHN to deliver check-ups to rural doctors across 10 rural locations in South Australia.
What is a rural check-up consultation?
It is a free, grant-funded, private medical consultation between you and your visiting treating doctor. It consists of a history and examination and other investigations if required. It is a thorough clinical and risk assessment of your current health and can last up to two hours, if necessary. It is an opportunity to confidentially discuss any concerns you may have in a private setting. It will be conducted in your own rooms at your practice, at a convenient time on a weekend. The aim is to assess your current and emerging risks and work out a treatment plan with your visiting doctor.
What are the advantages of an outreach consultation for rural doctors?
- Convenient and timely access to an experienced doctor who understands rural practice.
- Time to explore the issues
- Elimination of barriers such as travel time and cost and absence from work
- Privacy, confidentiality and empathy
- No cost, no Medicare.
Your visiting team of Doctors' Health SA GPs:
- Dr Mike Beckoff
- Dr Jill Benson
- Dr Graham Hughes
- Dr Hema Shankar
- Dr Lorenzo Ponte
TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN THIS SERVICE AND/OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Contact Program Manager, Kiara Cannizzaro, on email email@example.com or phone 0438610563.
Towns booked to date (you must book an appointment, no appointments can be made on the day):
- Kangaroo Island (15th & 16th February)
- Tumby Bay (22nd & 23rd February)
- Cleve (14th & 15th March)
- Port Lincoln (21st & 22nd March)
- Port Augusta (22nd March & again 5th April)
- Naracoorte/Mount Gambier (2nd & 3rd May)
- Kadina (16th & 17th May)
*we are planning other regions for the next financial year, so if your area is not listed, let us know and we can arrange more visits.
If you need urgent support at any time, please contact our 24/7 Urgent Advice Phone line on 08 8366 0250.
If you wish to access telemedicine - please view information about that service here.