The Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) program helps specialists in rural and remote Australia access educational opportunities. SRSA is an initiative of the Department of Health, managed by the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC).

The aim of the program is to provide rural and remote (non-GP) specialists with professional connection and CPD through:

  • individual CPD grants to enable rural and remote specialists to access CPD not available in their local area
  • online learning programs on topics and themes relevant to rural and remote specialists

Department of Health

The Commonwealth Department of Health and The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) have launched the Support for Rural Specialists in Australia (SRSA) Program to provide individual grants for rural and remote specialists to undertake continuing professional development (CPD).

The SRSA Program builds upon the successful Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Stream One Program.

Australian Government Department of Health website.

Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) as part of the Funding Agreement, established the SRSA Sub-Committee to oversee the strategic management and implementation of the Program. The committee membership includes Fellows and CEO representatives from the Specialist Medical Colleges.

Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges website.

Steering Committee

The SRSA Steering Committee oversee the strategic management and implementation of the Program. Members are appointed through an Expression of Interest process and confirmed by the CPMC Board.

Current Steering Committee Members:

Dr Kym Jenkins FRANZCP (Chair) VIC
Prof Michael Buist FCICM FRACP TAS
Dr Jennifer Chambers OAM FRACS NSW
Dr Ghana Chapagain FRANZCP NSW
Ms Lyn Johnson Executive Director, Education and Training, ACEM VIC
Ms Angela Magarry CEO CPMC ACT
Dr Diane Mohen FRANZCOG WA
Dr Lisa Sorger FRANZCR WA
Dr Annette Turley FANZCA FRACMA QLD

Contact SRSA

Email: admin@ruralspecialist.org.au
Phone: (02) 9256 5419
Postal Address: 145 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
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Chair SRSA 2019-present

Dr Kym Jenkins FRANZCP

Kym is the current Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) and the immediate past president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

Dr Jenkins has held a range of roles as a Consultant Psychiatrist in both the public and private sectors. She is currently Medical Director of the Victorian Doctors Health Program; adjunct Senior Lecturer at Monash University; and runs a small private practice.

SRSA National Director

Ms Angela Magarry RPAH cert, BHA(UNSW), MPS(UNSW), CHE, FCHSM.

Angela is the CPMC Chief Executive and SRSA National Director. Contact the CPMC.

SRSA Program Management Unit

The SRSA Program Management Unit (PMU) is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Program. The PMU administer the Funding Rounds and co-ordinate development of online learning resources in collaboration with the Specialist Medical Colleges.

Krista Recsei has been the Program Manager of SRSA since 2020. Krista has worked in education and communication for almost ten years, including at specialist medical colleges, medical research institutes and charities. She has a Master of Health Communication and has a particular interest in health equity.