• Hannah Phillips

Junior Doctor Training Gets a Healthy Boost Across Regional Aus

The Federal Coalition Government is increasing the number of rural-based doctors in training, by expanding opportunities to work in primary care settings across Australia.

Up to $13.6 million has been announced for the first round of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF), with Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie saying 11 organisations will be funded to provide 121 training rotations in rural locations - equivalent to 26 full time positions.

“This program will help address the gap in the rural training pathways for new medical graduates, and support junior doctors based in rural Australia by providing rotations in general practice” Dr Gillespie said.

“The funding will be used for clinical supervision, education and training materials, travel and accommodation expenses, and covering the salary of the junior doctor while they are training.

“This program strengthens the regional training hubs component of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine, which coordinates quality training in rural medicine, meaning increased retention of graduates in rural areas."

Under the first round of the RJDTIF, intern rotations will be undertaken in the following locations:

  • NSW: Bega (through ACT Health), Coolamon, Cowra, Finley, Glenfield Park, Port Macquarie, Temora;

  • VIC: Heyfield, Maffra, Lakes Entrance;

  • TAS: Currie, Flinders Island, Huonville, St Helens, Queenstown;

  • WA: Albany;

  • NT: Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek; and

  • QLD: Emerald, Theodore, Toowoomba.

Minister Gillespie said the RJDTIF would provide a major boost for improving health outcomes in the regions.

“The Federal Coalition Government is committed to training the next generation of rural doctors, and this program is among a number of major initiatives we have in place to improve access to health professionals for everyone who calls regional, rural and remote Australia home."

More details about the RJDTIF are on the Department of Health website.

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