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    Jenny Haines

    Given the success so far of the Nurse Practitioner program in rural areas, maybe we don’t need doctors in those areas. An experienced, well qualified, accredited Nurse Practitioner can be more useful than a doctor and all of the expense involved in getting them and their families out to rural areas. The Nurse Practitoner Program is gradually growing in this country in line with the expansion of these programs in the UK and USA. Medical staff in the cities with radio and television and video services enhanced by the NBN may be consultants to these Nurse Practitioners. ( I think I can hear members of the AMA having a heart attack !!)

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    Duggy the DC3

    A problem I see continually replayed is the Egos in the Nurses Union and the AMA. Perhaps Jenny you are just showing your colours. The solution are Health Care teams, not an independent “this or that”. Funding methods need to change. The Power balance, b#tching on both sides, and the education/training of clinicians needs review.

    People need to work together not try and out do one another to prove a point.

    There is a third party that is challenging the two Peak Political Voices and that is the Physician Assistants. This group has the potential to bridge the expertise of Rural Doctors, Rural Nurses in specific and identifiable ways that support each others Unique Skill Sets with specific contributions in Rural Health Service Delivery.

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    Jenny Haines

    Hey Duggy I agree with you. It would be wonderful if we could have such health care teams, but you can’t have successful teams where practitioners won’t commit to team work. I was lightheartedly having a go at the AMA and defending NPs because there are still some doctors who are fighting to the death against NPs when NPs are proving a successful model of nursing care. Physicians Assistants as I understand them are proving their role in the US but their place in the sun in this country is yet to be decided.

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    Duggy the DC3

    Thanks Jenny, and please accept my appologies. I am a Rural Doctor, a member of the AMA and other Rural Bodies. My suspicion is that there are many Rural Doctors that would agree with you, since I suspect most, like me, are there because of a love of the work, and a love of the Bush and its people. We could not sustain the committment without the partnerships with other Health Professionals, nor should we expect too.

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    Jenny Haines

    Duggy, no need to apologise. Nice to meet a rural doctor on this blog.

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    Reed Sandy

    I agree with what you said.Keep posting helpful blogs!Thanks..

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    Norman Hanscombe

    No one wants to face up to the fact that is what we already provide is unsustainable but research is constantly coming up with even more unsustainable possibilities. We shall [as is happening in a whole range of un-related areas]continue down this path until disaster of one kind or another engulfs us. But as a Qld Premier used to say, don’t you worry about that, which kept those who didn’t like harsh realities happy.

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