The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the public consultation on the application by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) for recognition of Rural Generalist Medicine as a new field of specialty practice in general practice under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.

RACS considers it vital for there to be a nationally consistent program of procedural training, curricula, examination, scope of practice, ongoing maintenance of skills, auditing, and peer support for rural generalists providing procedural services to rural, regional and remote communities. As the leading advocate for surgical standards and professionalism, RACS strongly recommends that such a program be delivered by RACS in collaboration/partnership with the colleges of general practice.

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