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What does a medical administrator do when an aging, small town local doctor, in a region with medical staff shortage, starts to get too tired and makes mistakes? In this episode of Safeguarding Healthcare, host Dr David Rankin is in discussion with Associate Professor Kathleen Atkinson. Kath is a very senior clinician and medical administrator with over 35 years’ experience as a rural generalist. She has held health leadership, medical education and clinical governance roles in Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, WA and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

They explore a common scenario of an aging rural GP facing burnout and discuss the implications for patient safety. The podcast delves into the complexities of supporting aging practitioners, managing confidentiality, and the need for a sustainable and attractive career path for the future medical workforce. Join Dr Rankin and Professor Atkinson as they navigate the landscape of rural healthcare, offering solutions.


The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the following Podcast are the speaker’s own and do not represent the views, thoughts, and opinions of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). The material and information presented here is for general information purposes only, and should not be considered health, legal or financial advice. The cases discussed in the Podcast may be specific to the speaker’s organisation or location, and may not be applicable to other organisations, states, territories or countries. RACMA does not endorse, approve, recommend, or certify any information, product, process, service, or organisation presented or mentioned in this Podcast, and information from this Podcast should not be referenced in any way to imply such approval or endorsement. RACMA will not be held responsible for any losses, damages, or liabilities that may arise from the use of this Podcast. The Podcast may contain descriptions of health incidents that may be graphic and triggering for some people, so listener discretion is advised.

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