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:
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This initiative is supported by the National Rural Generalist Program with the Australian Government’s Department of Health.