Attracting and retaining people to rural Alberta

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Rural communities interested in attracting Health Professionals
The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan
Program Alberta http://www.rpap.ab.ca/about/home.html
The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan supports Alberta's rural physicians, their families and communities in improving the quality of rural health care by offering comprehensive, integrated initiatives to enhance rural medical services, education, recruitment and retention. It promotes rural medicine as a viable career option for rural high school students, pre-medicine students and medical students. It provides a variety of initiatives, funding and support to raise their awareness, improve their preparedness and increase their exposure to rural medicine. Some of its initiatives include: Recruitment Reimbursement Program, Physician Locum Services, Enrichment Program, Rural Physician Spousal and Family programming, Virtual Library, Rural On-Call Remuneration Program, RPAP's weekend shadowing experiences, RPAP's summer student experience program, the core Family Medicine clerkship rotation, rural and regional electives in the general specialties and Family Medicine, a rural-based Family Medicine residency program, the Alberta Rural Family Medicine Network and High School Outreach Program and Physician Recruitment Website www.RuralPhysicianLink.ab.ca as the "one-stop" provincial recruitment web site for rural physicians to Alberta.
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The Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention (NRRR), Ontario
Initiative Canada http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/uap/nrrr.aspx
The initiative aims to attract physicians to establish a new full-time practice in eligible communities. It offers taxable financial incentives to each eligible physician who establishes a full-time practice in an eligible community of the province. The grants range between $80,000 and $117,600 paid over a four-year period.
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Postgraduate Return of Service (ROS) Program, Ontario
Program Canada http://meds.queensu.ca/education/postgraduate/policies/return_of_service
The program enables all communities in Ontario (except the Toronto area and Ottawa) to recruit Canadian graduates and international medical graduates who have to fulfill return of service (ROS) commitments. Under ROS commitments, physicians agree to work for a designated period of time in a particular location in exchange for a postgraduate training opportunity in Ontario. The medical graduates commit to five years of service in a community. After graduating, the new graduates will be able to choose among eligible communities, and the terms of the working arrangements are then negotiated between the community and the physician.
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Underserviced Area Program Ontario
Program Canada http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/uap/uap_mn.html
The Underserviced Area Program provides help to rural, remote and northern communities in recruiting and retaining health professionals. The program is intended to enhance access to health care services in small rural and northern areas of the province, that have difficulty attracting and retaining health care professionals.
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Tuition Support Program for Nurses (TSPN), Ontario
Program Canada http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/uap/about/recruit....
The program offers tuition reimbursement to recent nursing graduates from rural and remote communities. The program is open to nurse practitioner, registered nurse and registered practical nurse graduates who have recently graduated from a Canadian university or college. The program is part of the government's commitment to provide more families with access to primary health care, and to support the recruitment and retention of nurses to rural and remote areas across the province.
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The Manitoba Locums Tenens Program (MLTP)
Program Canada http://www.srpc.ca/resources_regional_central.html
The program is a joint initiative of the Manitoba Government (through the ORNH) and the University of Manitoba's Northern Medical Unit. The program provides rural health-care facilities with a suitably approved physician for requested periods of time.  Locum Tenens coverage is provided in rural communities of four physicians or less. The Northern Medical Unit assists small towns with salaried doctors at $150,000 with no overhead. 
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Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund, Manitoba
Program Canada http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/nurses/
The Nurses Recruitment and Retention Fund was established in 1999 to assist with the recruitment and retention of registered nurses in Manitoba. This program is designed to search for appropriate measures to entice and retain nurses in the province and to enhance the image of nursing as a career. 
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Manitoba Rural Physician Action Plan
Action Plan Canada http://www.manitoba.ca/health/documents/actionplan.pdf
The Manitoba Rural Physician Action Plan aims to increase the number of graduating physicians and other health professionals who choose to practice and live in rural and northern Manitoba. The creation of Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health (ORNH) was a part of this plan. ORNH focuses on the creation of programming and initiatives that increase the profile of rural health care opportunities among rural and northern Manitoba secondary school students and students training in health care programs in Manitoba.  In addition, the ORNH is responsible for a variety of programs that deal with issues of long-term recruitment and retention of existing rural and northern Manitoba health-care practitioners.
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Physician Recruitment Strategy, Saskatchewan
Strategy Document Canada http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=1633ff92-37f...
The Ministry of Health supports a range of physician recruitment and retention programs for rural areas. Some of the initiatives include Locum program, the Travel Assistance Program, Rural Physician Enhancement Training Program, Undergraduate Medical Student Bursary Program, Medical Resident Bursary Program, Rural Extended leave program and Emergency On-Call Coverage Program.
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Interprofessional Rural Program, British Columbia
Website Canada http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13561820500498154?journalCo...
This website is a resource for communities and students who are interested in rural inter-professional learning and collaborative practice in British Columbia.  The website shares examples of how BC rural communities and inter-professional champions in those communities are integrating the concepts of inter-professional learning and collaboration into rural practice. The website also provides links to resources for rural communities and practitioners.
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The Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Program (DLT)
Program Other http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_DLT.html
The Program is designed specifically to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America through loans, grants and loan/grant combinations. The advanced telecommunications technologies provide enhanced learning and health-care opportunities for rural residents.
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The Rural and Remote General Practice Program (RRGPP)
Program Other http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/work-pr-rrgpp
The program offers a diverse range of activities and support services aimed at improving the recruitment and retention of general practitioners (GP) in rural and remote areas. The Program acts as a kind of 'broker' whereby they are able to assist communities in recruiting a GP and locate rural placements for doctors who want to relocate to a rural area. The program also has the capacity to assist with the payment of relocation costs, can offer support to the doctor's family in their new community and help doctors access the necessary infrastructure, support and training.
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Recruit and Retain
Project Other http://www.recruitandretain.eu/general-information/about-us
Recruit and Retain is a strategic project to find solutions to the persistent problem of difficulties in recruiting and retaining health-care providers for the remote rural areas of Northern Europe. The project brings together remote and rural expertise to design and deliver the education and professional support solutions required to improve recruitment and retention of health and public sector staff in remote areas and to develop transferable education solutions from the outcomes of the project. It coordinates research from Iceland, Greenland, Norway, Sweden, Canada and Ireland to identify the social and professional factors that impact remote and rural recruitment and retention of health-care staff. The project involves a large scale survey of 1000 remote and rural relevant people in each of the participating countries providing a rich source of data upon which to build and share solutions. By bringing together people with similar issues from different geographical areas the project will share experiences and solutions with the expectation of innovative initiatives.
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