This initiative will help to deliver a sustainable, Australian-trained future medical workforce for regional, rural and remote communities.
The initiative will help to link-up the rural training system by providing greater opportunities for graduates interested in rural careers to maintain connections to rural communities while they complete post graduate training. Through this approach, more health practitioners will be able to complete the different stages of their medical training, from student to specialist, within rural areas.
The IRTP initiative has three components:
- the establishment of regional training hubs to better coordinate training opportunities for medical students and trainees and build local training capacity;
- the establishment of a rural junior doctor training innovation fund to deliver general practice rotations for junior doctors undertaking their internship in a rural area; and
- support for an additional 100 places on the Specialist Training Program, targeted specifically to rural areas.
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