Specialist Training Program (STP)

The Specialist Training Program provides support to enable medical specialist trainees to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals.

Page last updated: 09 January 2014

The 2014 Specialist Training Program (STP) Application Round is closed and is currently being assessed. An update of the assessment outcomes will be posted on this web page once finalised.

Overview

From 1 January 2010 the Specialist Training Program (STP) became the single platform for Commonwealth grants support for specialist training initiatives. The aims and objectives of this program are to:

  • increase the capacity of the health workforce to train specialists;
  • better train specialists with education that matches the nature of demand and reflects the way health services are delivered;
  • develop networked specialist training arrangements, which are:
    • integrated series of accredited training sites focusing on providing health care, through which trainees may rotate in the pursuit of specialist qualification;
    • based on health service delivery requirements of a region with the education potential of training sites being matched to the health service delivery potential inherent in increased availability of a specialist trainee workforce.

The level of funding available for training posts is a salary contribution of $100,000 (ex GST) per FTE. Posts in rural locations may also be provided with rural loadings, of up to $20,000 (ex GST) per FTE.

In addition to establishing specialist training posts, the program also provides funds for a range of support activities, including:

  • clinical supervision of up to $30,000 (ex GST) per annum and training infrastructure of up to $10,000 (ex GST) every three years for all private sector STP training;
  • developing system wide education and infrastructure support projects to enhance training opportunities for eligible trainees; and
  • developing support projects aimed at Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) to assist these doctors gain Fellowship in a timely and efficient manner.

Private sector clinical supervision and training infrastructure allowance

Currently funded STP training posts in the private sector may apply for a private sector clinical supervision and training infrastructure (PICS) allowance. Eligible posts will be contacted in writing by the Department in order to commence the PICS process for 2012. Applicants who are successful in the 2013 STP Application Round will have their eligibility for the PICS allowance determined at the time of application.

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Contact details for the Specialist Medical Colleges:
CollegeContact NameContact PhoneContact EmailCollege website
Australasian College of DermatologistsJennifer McNeillie02 8765 0242Jennifer@dermcoll.asn.au
Australasian College for Emergency MedicineSam Denny03 9320 0444Sam.Denny@acem.org.au Australasian College of Dermatologists
Australasian College of Sports Physicians Sharon Holloway03 8352 4443 ceo@acsp.org.au Australasian College of Sports Physicians
Australian & New Zealand College of AnaesthetistsDonna Fahie03 9093 4953stp@anzca.edu.auAustralian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New ZealandPhilip Hart03 9514 2888cicm@cicm.org.au
Royal Australasian College of Medical AdministratorsPeter Robertson03 9824 4699probertson@racma.edu.au Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators
Royal Australasian College of PhysiciansSTP Unit02 9256 9665stp@racp.edu.auRoyal Australasian College of Physicians
Royal Australasian College of SurgeonsAnupa Ranchhod03 9249 1243anupa.ranchhod@surgeons.orgRoyal Australasian College of Surgeons
Royal Australian & New Zealand College of OphthalmologistsPenny Gormly 02 9690 1001 pgormly@ranzco.eduRoyal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & GynaecologistsAnne Davenport03 9412 2960adavenport@ranzcog.edu.auRoyal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
Royal Australian & New Zealand College of PsychiatristsRosie Forster 03 9601 4957rosie.forster@ranzcp.org Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of RadiologistsCaroline Llewelyn02 9268 9720caroline.llewelyn@ranzcr.edu.auRoyal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
Royal College of Pathologists of AustralasiaVanessa White02 8356 5894vanessaw@rcpa.edu.au

More information about the Specialist Training Program

Specialist College Presidents and CEOs Contact Details

STP Operational Framework

STP Priority Framework

For further information about the Specialist Training Program, email specialist.training@health.gov.au.