The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada divides the country into 5 regions. The Central Region includes the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  If you wish to become involved please contact the regional committee chair.

•   Alberta   •   Saskatchewan   •   Manitoba   •

Stephanie Young
La Ronge, Saskatchewan

Nadin Gilroy
Norway House (Kinosao Sipi), Manitoba

Stephanie Young is a family physician providing full scope remote medicine services based out of La Ronge, which is in Northern Saskatchewan. She recently took on a leadership role with the Saskatchewan Health Authority Executive Leadership Team. Stephanie has been a member of the SRPC’s National Council since she was the Resident Representative in 2013.

Nadin Gilroy practices the full spectrum of general practice in Kinosao Sipi (Norway House), Manitoba. She is also the obstetrical lead and working on repatriation of low risk birthing to the community of 8000. In addition to her rural/remote medical work, she has additional training in Palliative Medicine and Women's Health and works with both the Paediatric and Adult Palliative Care Team


Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP)

Established in 1991 as the Rural Physician Action Plan, a renewed Rural Health Professions Action Plan, or RhPAP, is a small non-governmental organization, funded by the Alberta Ministry of Health. RhPAP is overseen by a mix of rural and urban directors, with representation from Alberta Health Services, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta Medical Association, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta, Health Quality Council of Alberta, and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta. Our goal is to help rural Alberta have and sustain the right number of rural health practitioners in the right places, offering the right services, through community and professional development programs, services, and evidence informed advocacy.

If you’re a rural physician practising in rural Alberta right now, and are looking toward support for professional development, RhPAP may be able to cover a variety of costs and related expenses. You can find out more about the different programs we offer here. If you have any specific questions please contact our program coordinator: Collette Featherstone 

For more information visit our website: www.rhpap.ca

Find RhPAP on Social Media:  @AlbertaRhPAP 

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Saskatchewan has extensive opportunities to both learn and practice in rural and remote communities. From prairie fields, to Canadian Shield, to our northern sand dunes, there is something for everyone to live, work, and play in Saskatchewan.

Healthcare in Saskatchewan is currently undergoing an amalgamation of the twelve previous Health Regions down to one single Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). The reasoning for undergoing such a monumental task is to focus on better coordination of health services across the province. The ultimate goal of this transition is to ensure that every patient receives high quality, timely access to healthcare, regardless of where they live in the province.

Another exciting change that has come with the transition to the SHA is the engagement of physicians to be a part of the Executive Leadership Team in dyads. These dyad partnerships exist between Physicians Executives and Vice Presidents, and they share decision making and accountability for their geography or portfolio. This is a unique and exciting change from the previous system that was in place, that will improve healthcare in the province.

The University of Saskatchewan has numerous rural and remote educational opportunities for both medical students and residents. This includes five different Rural Residency programs. The U of S family medicine residency also has multiple third year enhanced skills programs, including Emergency Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anaesthesia, and Sports Medicine. See this link for more information

 Please check out these websites for practice opportunities in Saskatchewan:

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Manitoba, one of the Prairie Provinces, has a large number of rural communities. From largely farming towns in southern and central areas to predominantly Indigenous communities in northern and remote regions.

In addition to the rural farming towns or the larger rural centres with industries who employ many newcomers, there are a total of 63 Indigenous communities. The Northern RHA has the highest proportion of First Nations communities with 42% of its population identifying as living in a First Nation.

The Manitoba Health Care Providers Network was established in 2002 to address recruitment and retention issues in health care in rural and northern Manitoba. The organization works with students and professionals to in order to increase the number of individuals choosing rural and northern locations for their place of work.

Under the current Conservative Provincial Government, Manitoba is undergoing changes to its health care system. The creation of Shared Health likely signals changes to come to the Province’s current Regional Health Authorities. At this time the Province remains divided into Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), four of the five RHAs are rural in composition. The rural RHAs represent 45% of the 1,282,000 Manitobans. The Mission of Shared Health, in part, is to build an accessible and integrated health system that coordinates consistent and reliable care, capitalizes on talent and expertise across the province, demonstrates positive outcomes and focuses shared resources to effectively serve the health needs of Manitobans.

As has been experienced by our colleagues to the east and west, it is more important than ever for rural and remote physicians to have a voice in shaping the future of Manitoba’s health care system. Join the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada. It is one organization that can support us and help us integrate a national as well as local approach to proposed changes ensuring that high quality rural and remote health care is not jeopardized.

Please contact us by email here to get involved.

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