Rural Clinical Training and Support

The Rural Clinical Training and Support (RCTS) program is the amalgamation of the Rural Clinical School and Rural Undergraduate Support and Coordination programs. This program continues to be delivered through the existing Rural Clinical Schools.

Page last updated: 22 May 2014

The RCTS program is designed to increase the rural medical workforce by enlisting Australian medical schools to deliver rural medical training, to recruit rural medical students, promote and encourage rural medical careers and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The program also seeks to have a more immediate impact on the rural medical workforce by encouraging health professionals to take up rural academic positions, often through joint funding arrangements with local area health services.

The development of rural medical training infrastructure, including new educational facilities and student accommodation is also a major aspect of the program.

Rural Clinical Training and Support (RCTS) 2011-2014

Rural Clinical Training and Support (RCTS) 2011-2014 - Operational Framework

List of Rural Clinical Schools

There are currently 17 Rural Clinical Schools across Australia, managed by 16 Universities. Each Rural Clinical School has multiple training locations:

More information

For more information on the Rural Clinical Training and Support program, please email health.workforce@health.gov.au