'Rural Proofing' is defined as a process which ensures all relevant executive policies are examined to determine whether or not they have a different impact in rural areas. The WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice has been engaged in development of a range of rural proofing guides (including the Rural Proofing for Health: Guidelines, South Africa and the Guide to Rural Proofing: National Guidelines, United Kingdom). The College has agreed to convene a collaborative working group to advance the development of the guidelines for rural proofing in the Australian context.
The Gramado Statement
The Gramado Statement arose from the WONCA World Rural Health Conference Brazil 2014. It focuses on rural health outcomes in developing countries. A major theme of the statement is around specialist postgraduate training in family medicine and the need for training to a broad scope of practice.
The Melbourne Manifesto arose from the WONCA World Rural Health Conference, Melbourne 2002. The Statement addresses the issues of recruitment of doctors from developing countries to work in first world economies.