About Rural Med Ed
Why We’re Here
Rural Medical Education Australia (RMEA) (Rural Med Ed), formerly known as Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME) began in 2002 when a group of rural doctors formed an organisation with a vision to ‘train to retain’ doctors in Rural Queensland. The initial training was directed at General Practitioners but grew to include medical students and junior doctors.
In 2010 RMEA entered into a partnership with Griffith University which represented the successful collaboration of a large, established and well-resourced university with a flexible, responsive, not-for-profit community based organisation that is accutely attuned to the changing needs of the rural communities it serves.
Rural Med Ed’s flagship Longlook program supports one-to-two year clinical placements for medical students in rural communities. These lengthy placements provide an alternative to the model of short-term clinical rotations for city-based medical students, many of whom have not considered careers in non-metropolitan settings. The Longlook program addresses medical workforce shortages in rural communities through the achievement of a rural retention rate of 80% for Longlook students who have trained in a rural community for two years.
Rural Med Ed is the only medical training organisation in Australia that graduates a broad spectrum of health practitioners from medical students through to specialists.
Rural Med Ed has 18 years experience in successfully graduating rural General Practitioners in the AGPT program for both ACCRM and RACGP. Following the change in training funding arrangements in 2014, Rural Med Ed has continued to successfully deliver private training to AGPT candidates.
Our Vision & Mission
Educate a highly skilled medical workforce in rural communities to meet the needs of rural communities.
Rural health education by rural communities, in rural communities, for rural communities.
Rural Med Ed (RMEA) promotes and advances the rural and remote health workforce through training, research and collaboration with government and strategic health agencies.
Educate a highly skilled medical workforce in rural communities to met the needs of rural communities.
Our Strategic Objectives
Achieving our objectives
With a faculty of highly valued, skilled rural and clinical academics and researchers leading
Dr Jim McConochie
Mrs Elizabeth (Lizzie) Adams
Deputy Chairman and Chair of Finance
Lizzie is the CEO of Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Company Limited based in Toowoomba which provides regional services (oral health and child protection services) throughout South West Queensland and Home and Community Care in the Darling Downs region. Lizzie commenced her health career in 1988 as an Assistant in Nursing and went on to successfully complete her Enrolled Nurse training in 1990. Lizzie has been involved in Aboriginal Affairs (housing, legal, education and health) from a young age and is passionate and committed to enhancing the health outcomes and status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Lizzie was the State Chair of the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council for four years and also the Queensland Representative for four years on the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation and is currently Chair of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Limited.
Lizzie’s qualifications include: Enrolled Nurse, Cert III in Aboriginal Primary Health Care, Cert IV in Aboriginal Primary Health Care, Diploma of Aboriginal Primary Health Care, Cert IV in Governance Training, Diploma of Business and Frontline Management, Cert IV Mental Health (Non-Clinical), Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment, and Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management.
Dr Kay Brumpton
Executive Director and Director Education and Training
Mr Stewart Gordon
Dr Lynsey Cochrane
Non-Executive Board Director
Prof David Ellwood
Non-Executive Board Director
MA, DPhil(Oxon), MB, BChir(Cantab), FRANZCOG(MFM), DDU
David Ellwood is Dean of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland. He is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine sub-specialist and Director of MFM at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Queensland. He has research interests in adverse outcomes of pregnancy, including stillbirth, and is the Co-Director of the new Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth based at the Mater Research Institute in Brisbane. He is also President of the Australian Medical Council and has a long-standing interest in the accreditation of medical training programmes.
Mrs Megan O’Shannessy
Executive Board Director
Megan is the Chief Executive Officer and is a Registered Nurse and Midwife. She has extensive clinical and leadership experience in rural health as Director of Nursing of Thargomindah (1990–1992), Dirranbandi (1992–1995), St George (1995–2001) and Warwick (2001–2013) Hospitals. She was the District Manager of Southern Downs Health Service District (2007/2008). She is a member of the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Board, the Queensland Medical Board, the Darling Downs West Moreton Primary Health Network and the Platinum Health Group. Megan is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Griffith University School of Medicine, she has a Master of Public Health, a Bachelor of Nursing and is a GAICD.
Our Strategy & Stakeholders
Governance and Member Groups
RMEA has partnered with Griffith University to deliver the university’s rural clinical training, funded by the Commonwealth Government Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program. RMEA’s qualified, experienced clinical educators also deliver the general practice exam preparation programs, the Considering Medicine Program and Pathways to Health Program, aiming to increase the number of rural and indigenous students entering and graduating from health career courses. RMEA’s research program is supported by clinical academics living and working in rural Queensland.
As RMEA is locally based, locally led and locally governed, it ensures a focused rural stream for the Griffith University health schools.
Established in January 2002, RMEA is a private company, limited by guarantee.
All activities of RMEA are overseen by a skills based Board of Directors. Organisations and interest groups passionate about rural general practice education and training form the membership of the company.
The Board has responsibility for the strategic direction, future development and overall operation of the company.