Nursing academic welcomes chance to address health workforce needs of rural and remote areas

Published:15 June 2016

CQUni Nursing Senior Lecturer Dr Jane Truscott has been appointed Chair of the new Rural Locum Assistance Program.

CQUniversity Senior Lecturer in Nursing Dr Jane Truscott says she welcomes the opportunity to address the health workforce needs of rural and remote Australia.

Dr Truscott has been appointed Chair of the new Rural Locum Assistance Program (LAP), which will oversee expenditure of $36 million over the next three years.  

The Rural LAP is a component of the Australian Government's rural workforce capacity agenda aimed to meet the needs of a sustainable health system.

Rural LAP provides funding to support continuing professional development (CPD) and recreational leave for healthcare professionals working in rural and remote Australia.

The program extends to specialists in obstetrics and anaesthesia, nurses and midwives and allied health professionals. Rural LAP also offers financial assistance to urban General Practitioners (GPs) who require emergency medicine training.

"The Rural LAP provides an opportunity to assist health professionals while addressing workforce needs of rural and remote Australia," Dr Truscott says.

"The Board of Directors and I are ready to take on this new challenge. We have a diverse membership on the board well suited to provide leadership and guidance. We are confident that we can meet the aims and objectives set by the Department of Health." 

Originally from the US, Dr Truscott moved to the Bundaberg region in 2003. She has worked locally in the public and private healthcare. As well as working as an academic for CQUniversity, she works as a nurse practitioner for Aspen Medical. The Rural LAP program was established under a contract awarded by the Department of Health to Canberra-based healthcare solutions provider Aspen Medical.