The Statewide Rural and Remote Clinical Network (SRRCN) was established in 2012 to provide an opportunity for clinicians and network members to engage in planning and priority setting, and to guide the effective and safe delivery of rural and remote healthcare services. They provide advice to the Minister, Department of Health and Hospital and Health Services on the issues around the delivery of rural and remote healthcare.
The SRRCN provides a platform for clinicians to collaborate and strategically plan innovative approaches to service delivery that is underpinned by a commitment to deliver safe, quality and culturally appropriate care to rural and remote communities. The network is comprised of more than 650 members from across Queensland Health, Primary Health Networks, universities, training providers, associations, colleges, and not-for-profit and private organisations. Representation consists of multidisciplinary expertise across various levels of healthcare delivery including frontline clinicians and leaders.
The SRRCN is chaired by Associate Professor Bruce Chater, Medical Superintendent with Right to Private Practice at Theodore Multipurpose Health Service and Head of the Discipline, Rural and Remote Medicine at University of Queensland.
The role of the network
- Promote equitable health outcomes to improve access to services for Queenslanders living in rural and remote communities.
- Support and empower the implementation of innovative approaches to evidence based healthcare which delivers safe, clinically effective and quality healthcare in rural and remote communities.
- Dynamic policy leadership that drives service improvement and fosters innovation through a collaborative leadership style.
- Broad engagement with rural and remote clinicians, partners and other stakeholders to harness qualified skills and knowledge to inform policy, decision making and service improvements.
- Confront the challenges of delivering healthcare to Queensland’s uniquely placed rural and remote residents.
- Contribute to and lead strategic and professional discussions relating to key rural workforce initiatives.
- Prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare across Queensland and seek to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes which align with the Queensland Government's Making Tracks toward closing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders by 2033 policy and accountability framework.
- Recognise the role of and strengthen partnerships with private organisations and universities to promote and deliver cohesive and coherent care across Queensland and identify opportunities for collaborative models of care and workforce initiatives.
- Build on collaborative arrangements with universities to better recognise and promote opportunities for research in the rural and remote healthcare setting.
- Where referral or transfer is required, review and implement improved referral pathways which promote more timely transfer of patients to the closest appropriately equipped health service. In doing so, improve the journey of care for patients who receive care in multiple health services.
The SRRCN holds an annual forum which is an opportunity for all network members to come together to share ideas about how healthcare can be improved for rural and remote Queenslanders.