Developing visiting surgical services for rural and remote Australian communities

A. Kierath, Jeff Hamdorf, Anthony House, J. House

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The University Department of Surgery at Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (Perth, Western Australia) has undertaken a pilot project to provide surgical services to country communities where no such service exists. Three surgeons undertake a regular schedule of appointments, and are accompanied by final-year medical students to give them experience with common conditions rarely managed in teaching hospitals. The service is supported by a central administrative office and coordinated by a general practitioner, who negotiates with the regional healthcare providers. Patients are referred by their general practitioner, who may work with the surgeon as anaesthetist or surgical assistant.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-457
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Issue number4th May
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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