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 Generalist Training Scheme (RGTS)

Lead the way in a career as a Rural Generalist.

Applications for the fully funded Rural Generalist Training Scheme (RGTS) delivered by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) opened on the 1st September 2021, closing 20th September 2021. If you are interested in a career as a rural generalist which broadens your knowledge, experience, and sense of adventure, consider ACRRM Fellowship.

Your ACRRM journey is supported by a rural and remote-centric curriculum and training, to provide you specialised skills to confidently deliver human-centred healthcare. You will deepen your knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery and more.

Are you ready to explore the possibilities? Discover the Rural Generalist Training Scheme with the College that specialises in rural health. Visit ACRRM’s website for more information and submit your express interest to stay updated.

More information on the Rural Generalist Training Scheme
and eligibility guide

Left to right: Dr William Wong, Sarah Boyd

Left to right: Dr William Wong, Sarah Boyd

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.

Locations are:

Angaston Medical Centre
Clare Medical Centre
Crystal Brook Medical Centre
Gumeracha Medical Centre
Goyder’s Line Medical, Jamestown
Kapunda and Eudunda Medical Practice
Mannum Medical Centre
Bridge Clinic, Murray Bridge
Boston Bay Family Health Practice, Pt Lincoln
Waikerie Medical Centre

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

Try the RDWA’s career mapping tool:
R2R - Plan your path to your dream career

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 and is the primary training option of trainees in SA.

Learn more about AGPT

Allied health professional in Pt Lincoln, Eyre and Far North Local Health Network

Allied health professional in Pt Lincoln, Eyre and Far North Local Health Network

Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway

The Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway aims to

improve health outcomes for rural and remote consumers through increasing access to a highly skilled allied health workforce, and enhancing opportunities for multi-disciplinary care in rural healthcare teams”​ providing post graduate study for allied health professionals (AHPs) working in rural SA.”

There are two graduate training program options:

  • Level 1 Program for AHPs with 0-2 years’ experience
  • Level 2 Graduate Diploma or Master of Rural Generalist Practice for AHPs with 2-5 years experience

For a summary of the pathway see:
Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

For evaluation outcomes visit:
Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway | SA Health

Contact: Robyn Gill, Project Manager,
Rural Support Service, SA Health