Rural Undergraduate Support & Co-ordination program (RUSC) funding now with the School of Rural Health

The Rural Undergraduate Support & Co-ordination program (RUSC) is part of a larger Commonwealth initiative, the Rural Health Strategy that has been underway for the past decade. The Commonwealth program aims to establish and maintain three initiatives aimed at creating a greater interest in rural medical practice:
Establish and maintain Rural Clinical Schools as part of existing Medical Schools.
Establish and maintain University Departments of Rural Health servicing all Universities in the state in which it is established.
Establish and maintain Rural Undergraduate Support & Co-ordination programs at each University with a Medical School.

The Discipline of General Practice hosts the Rural Undergraduate Support & Co-ordination program at the University of Sydney. The program co-ordinator, Dr Cathy Marshall, is a general practitioner in Bathurst in the NSW central west region. She co-ordinates a team of rural-based and Sydney-based staff whose role is to implement the Rural Health Strategy through the RUSC program.

Ms Fiona Ismay is responsible for placing medical students with a general practitioner in a rural setting for a four week placement as part of their Community Block.

Under the initiative each University with a Medical School funds a student health club and provides an administrator. The University of Sydney club, MIRAGE (Multidisciplinary Interest in Rural and General health Education), position is currently vacant.