The RWGPS program provides regular visits by female GPs to communities that otherwise would not have access to this service.
Research shows that rural women are more likely to die from cervical cancer than their city counterparts. However, while many women would prefer to see a female GP to access services such as pap smears and breast examination, in many rural and remote areas the only doctor available in the community is male. As a result, some women are less likely to participate in these important life saving programs.
We also know that some women in particular need to be able to see a female GP for social and cultural reasons, and to spend time building a relationship of trust with her before they are willing to talk about sensitive health issues.