Left to right: Dr William Wong, Sarah Boyd, Peter Burns

Left to right: Dr William Wong, Sarah Boyd, Peter Burns

Road to Rural (R2R)

Delivered through the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA), the program allows metropolitan interns to complete a rural GP rotation working in the local general practice and hospital for a 10-week rotation.  They are mentored and supervised by experienced resident rural GP’s and the opportunity to practice comprehensive medicine in rural South Australian communities. Historically 20 interns each year are able to take up this opportunity, however in 2021, in preparation for commencement of the South Australian Rural Generalist Training Program, this will be doubled to 40 and ensure that each regional LHN has an intern training rotation.

The locations for 2021 are:

Angaston

Crystal Brook

Jamestown

Kapunda

Mannum

Murray Bridge

Port Lincoln

Waikerie

Applying for R2R rotations:  Applicants who would like to do a R2R rotation must apply through the usual SA MET application process but must apply to be on the Rural Internship program and must preference a rural position as their first preference.

Learn more about R2R

Dr Yee Ching ‘Olivia’ Ong

Dr Yee Ching ‘Olivia’ Ong

More Doctors for Rural Australia Program (MDRAP)

This program is for doctors who are temporary or permanent residents of Australia and not vocationally recognised. Doctors on this program get support and training towards joining a college Fellowship program to become vocationally recognised.

The More Doctors for Rural Australia Program’s goals are to:

  • increase the number of vocationally recognised doctors
  • improve access to health care for Australians living in rural and regional areas under the Stronger Rural Health Strategy.

MDRAP is administered by the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) in South Australia

Learn more about MDRAP

Dr Mike Bruorton, Dr Zhong Ren Ong

Dr Mike Bruorton, Dr Zhong Ren Ong

Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS)

The RVTS is a vocational training program for medical practitioners in remote and isolated communities throughout rural and remote Australia.  The purpose of the program is to train doctors in remote communities for remote communities. The training provided meets the requirements for Fellowship of both ACRRM and RACGP.

This four-year program delivers structured distance education and supervision to doctors while they continue to provide general medical services to a remote and/or isolated community.

The goals of the program are:

  • To facilitate access to vocational training by all doctors across Australia
  • To contribute to the recruitment and retention of rural and remote doctors
  • To improve the quality of services available to remote communities by enabling access to vocational training and ensuring continuity of medical services

Learn more about RVTS

Dr William Wong

Dr William Wong

Independent Pathway (IP)

The Independent Pathway is an Australian Medical Council accredited training pathway leading to Fellowship of ACRRM, Specialist Registration as a General Practitioner and vocational recognition for Medicare. This full-fee pathway will suit experienced doctors who prefer self-directed learning and flexibility. Training requirements are set according to individual needs following assessment of prior learning and experience through the recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

Applications open all year round

To start training in the October 2021, apply by 11.59pm Tuesday 20 April 2021.

Learn more about IP

Dr Shade McClymont

Dr Shade McClymont

Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program

For doctors wanting to pursue the speciality of General Practice and is suited to recent medical graduates and experienced non-vocationally recognised doctors. Fellowship of the RACGP is available in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote regions over a three year (full time equivalent) period. The AGPT program is funded through the Commonwealth government via contracted RTOs and is the primary training option of trainees in SA.

Learn more about AGPT

From left to right: Dr Zhong Ren Ong and Taylor Kilsby (Hawkins Medical Clinic)

From left to right: Dr Zhong Ren Ong and Taylor Kilsby (Hawkins Medical Clinic)

Rural Generalists Training Scheme (RGTS) "coming soon"

Up to 400 general practitioners will train to work in regional Australia over the next four years, with the establishment of the Coalition Government’s Rural Generalist Training Scheme (RGTS) to boost doctor numbers in the bush. Visit the ACRRM site below to put in your expression of interest for the first 100 government-funded Rural Generalist places.

Rural Generalists Training Scheme

Dr Yee Ching ‘Olivia’ Ong

Dr Yee Ching ‘Olivia’ Ong

John Flynn Placement Program

The John Flynn Placement Program provides medical students with a rural immersion experience in a regional community every year for about four years  and includes one-to-one professional mentorship, a community host and contact. Each placement aims to develop connections and linkages to rural and remote communities as a mechanism to attract doctors to these areas.

John Flynn Placement Program