Rural Health Continuing Education
The Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program, funded by
the Australian Government, supports qualified health professionals
living and working in the rural and remote Australia to undertake
continuing professional development activities.
The RHCE program replaces the Support Scheme for Rural Surgeons
(SSRS). Please visit the RHCE website for further
RHCE is a joint initiative of the Department of Health and
Ageing and the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges.
The College has received funding for 2 years (2011 to 2013) for
3 projects (see below). For further information on any of the
projects or to register your interest as a participant, please contact us.
- Australian Indigenous Health and Cultural Competency
This project will create an online portal that will link to/house
professional development opportunities in relation to indigenous
cultural competency and safety training, for example elearning
modules, information sources, conferences, courses and workshops.
The portal targets members of all medical colleges.
- Australian Indigenous Health eLearning
The project aims to support surgeons who care for Indigenous
people in rural and remote locations. A series of elearning
modules, incorporating reading material, case studies and a
discussion forum, will explore issues associated with Indigenous
- Rural Procedural Audit
This project builds on the outcomes of Rural Craft Group Audit,
which assisted rural Fellows to electronically collect and collate
audit data on 5 common procedures:
Fellows who contribute data receive individualised feedback about
their surgical outcomes compared to established benchmarks for
rural surgeons. This project aims to expand the number of
procedures audited and build on the data set.
- colorectal cancer
- breast cancer
- adult inguinal herniorraphy
This project is a partnership between the College and the Royal
Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Australian College of
Ophthalmologists and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College
of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Please visit the Rural
Procedural Audit webpage for further information.
Please view the RPA flyer (PDF 1.18 MB) for further
This project is a joint initiative of the Committee of
Presidents of Medical Colleges and Department of Health and Ageing,
and is funded by the Australian Government. Please note that the
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons is solely responsible for
the content of, and views expressed in any material associated with
this project, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons' Gardens
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East Melbourne VIC 3002 Australia
Telephone: +61 3 9249 1106
Fax: +61 3 9276 7432