- Coalition investing $94 million over four years into the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine
- Up to 30 regional training hubs will be established at existing rural clinical schools and university departments of rural health sites
- Department of Health to release request for proposal on Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Presenting the opening remarks, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, the Assistant Minister for Rural Health, said that it takes a special kind of energy to work in health in regional, rural and remote areas and without that kind of workforce, it would be difficult to deliver healthcare to Australians in rural and remote areas.
“Medical professionals working in rural and remote areas are essential to a strong rural health system,” Dr Gillespie said.
“Our Government is committed to building a health workforce that meets the needs of regional and rural communities.
“To assist in this, the Coalition Government is investing nearly $94 million over four years into the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine.
“Today I am pleased to announce that the Department of Health will release the request for proposal for one component of the pipeline – regional training hub funding – on Tuesday, 11 October 2016.
“Regional training hubs will form the backbone of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine.
I look forward to the outcome of this process and the start of regional training hubs across Australia.
“We’re also delivering on our election commitment of appointing a new National Rural Health Commissioner – who will be both an advocate and a leader – making sure rural and remote health stays firmly on the Government’s agenda.”
Dr Gillespie said the Commissioner’s first priority will be leading the development of the first National Rural Generalist Pathway.
“For the first time, this will provide proper recognition of the extra hours and varied skills required of GPs in rural, regional and remote areas,” Dr Gillespie said.
“We’re still defining the parameters, but becoming a Rural Generalist may involve advanced training in general surgery, obstetrics, anaesthetics and mental health.
“We have real health challenges that have a big impact in regional, rural and remote communities but this also presents strong opportunities.”
Dr Gillespie also said he was looking forward to a strong collaborative relationship and successful outcomes for all.
"Every year the Coalition Government is increasing funding in health. Our record investment in health is helping to facilitate the delivery of important regional health programmes and initiatives such as the regional training hubs," Dr Gillespie said.
For more information, contact the Minister's office on (02) 6277 4960