New Rural GP Orientation

Course Overview

RDN runs a New GP Orientation Program for all GPs who are new to rural NSW general practice, including Overseas Trained Doctors (OTDs). The two-day introduction to rural general practice is considered valuable preparation for transition into rural NSW medical practice and supports GPs in delivering high quality medical services to rural NSW communities.

Program content includes:

  • clinical orientation e.g. management of general patient presentations, introduction to Sexual Health/Family Planning.
  • professional orientation e.g. introduction to RDN-managed programs and the NSW Ministry of Health, navigating Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), cultural awareness, accessing GP support organisations, pathways to Fellowship and exam preparation.
  • social orientation e.g. achieving work/life balance in a rural community, Rural Medical Family Network supports.

The following modules from the face-to-face program are available online now in RDN WebEd:


Understanding the PBS and MBS

Managing Workplace Injury or Illness Cases

Reproductive and Sexual Health in Primary Care

Common Clinical Presentations to Rural General Practice

Medico-legal Issues in Rural General Practice

Reskilling and Upskilling in General Practice

Working as a Rural GP in NSW

Course Feedback and General Enquiries

Feedback about this online course can be emailed to the RDN WebEd coordinator:

General enquiries can be directed to the RDN Medical Recruitment & Retention Team on 02 4924 8000. More information is also available on the RDN Website


RDN acknowledges and thanks NSW Ministry of Health whose funding facilitated development of this module.