Tackling the Health Bureaucracy

Government Bundles another GP agreement There is a sense of “deja vu” today, as the Kangaroo Island doctors gear up for another tedious battle with the bureaucrats at Country Health SA. You can read more in the media release below : Media Release 4-3-13 KI Docs The Island doctors have been told that the status …

Loving the Job

I reckon the work as a rural doctor is the best that medicine offers. Just heard from a colleague with whom I did anaesthetics last year in NSW. “Mate I love this job! In the past 7 days I’ve thrombolysed a 44 year old with a STEMI, resuscitated a 5 year old who had a fit …

Back in the saddle

Well, have been a bit hectic the past few weeks since getting back to Kangaroo Island after my year away doing anaesthetics in NSW. Thankfully it’s relatively easy to slip back into the groove of rural medicine – and in fact it’s been a welcome relief after being back in the tertiary hospital system. But …

Contract Negotiations Update 15/12/11

Well, my last post on the contract negotiations between SA Rural Doctors and the Country Health Dept was in mid-November.By way of background, the current contract was agreed in 2010 and was due to expire on 1/12/11, in part because the Rural Doctors Association SA were unhappy with the oncall fees negotiated last round. There was …

Contract Negotiations

Well, it’s just over three weeks until the expiry of the current contract between rural doctors and Country Health SA.Call me a cynic, but I won’t be holding my breath. It’s no secret that many rural doctors are less than enthralled with their working relationship with CHSA in the past. Up until 2009 we didn’t …