Doctors across borders

QUEANBEYAN Hospital is set to benefit from another cross-border health initiative with the ACT after a new training project for emergency doctors in rural areas was announced on Monday.

The federally-funded Emergency Medicine and Education Training (EMET) program will enable non-specialist doctors and other staff working in emergency departments to benefit from the expertise of specialist emergency doctors in the ACT.

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Melinda Pavey, and local Member for Monaro John Barilaro launched the three-year program at Queanbeyan Hospital on Monday, which will also cover physicians at hospitals in Goulburn, Yass, Cooma, Moruya, Batemans Bay, Bega, and Young.

The Chief Minister said that specialists from Calvary and Canberra hospitals had been the driving force behind the initiative, and would support some of their less experienced colleagues at regional NSW hospitals by teaching clinical skills, observing practice, providing guidance and feedback, and assisting professional development.

"Physicians in regional hospitals can benefit from the expertise of specialist emergency physicians, who undertake this sort of work daily," Ms Gallagher said.

NSW regional health parliamentary secretary Melinda Pavey also welcomed the new training.

"The EMET program is a great opportunity for our medical staff in Southern NSW to expand their clinical networking with the ACT, and to work collaboratively as a region for the benefit of our rural and regional patients," Mrs Pavey said.

ACT physicians from Canberra and Calvary hospitals will visit the regional hospitals on a rotating basis over the next three years.

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