Stronger Rural Health – Training – improving access to training in rural areas and the private sector through junior doctor training

Page last updated: 08 May 2018

Stronger Rural Health – Training – improving access to training in rural areas and the private sector through junior doctor training (PDF 120 KB)

The Government will provide additional funding to create two new Junior Doctor Training Program streams to support rural training, and consolidate a number of other programs. The Rural Primary Care Stream will provide funding for educational support for junior doctors (postgraduate years one to five) working and training in rural primary care settings. Up to 240 interns will experience rural general practice, and approximately 300 junior doctors will be attracted by training and support to work in rural general practice. The Private Hospital Stream will provide salary support for junior doctors to work in private hospitals. This will help to build their future workforce and provide high quality healthcare services to patients.

Why is this important?

Under these new training schemes, junior doctors will be encouraged to move out of metropolitan hospitals by having access to new training opportunities, and being able to generate an income in rural primary care and the private sector through access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

The Rural Primary Care Stream will encourage junior doctors to work in rural general practice, ensuring they are trained and supervised to provide quality services to rural Australians.

Concurrently, the National Rural Health Commissioner will develop the National Rural Generalist Pathway to ensure a pipeline of future rural generalists in rural and remote Australia.

Who will benefit?

Both the medical workforce and local communities will benefit from well-supervised and highly trained Australian doctors working in rural practices. Australian medical graduates will benefit from Government funding for their training and development.

Patients using private hospitals will benefit from additional investment in training junior doctors, who help to provide services while they train. Private hospitals will benefit from additional funding for training a high quality medical workforce, experienced with working in this sector.

How much will this cost?

The Stronger Rural Health Strategy is a $550 million investment to support improved rural health services.

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