About the RJDTIF
The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) funds rurally based rotations for Postgraduate Year 1 (intern or PGY1) and Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) doctors in rural areas. The RJDTIF aims to:
- provide rurally based junior doctors with a training period in a rural primary care setting, building on the rural training networks funded by the states and territories
- develop rural training capacity by fostering innovative ways of training junior doctors in primary care settings
- strengthen the rural training pathway to improve training continuity within regions.
The RJDTIF will be consolidated into the new John Flynn Prevocational Doctor Program on 1 January 2023. Current RJDTIF arrangements will continue until 31 December 2022.
The goals of the RJDTIF are to:
- keep medical graduates and junior doctors in rural medical practice
- increase rural medical training capacity
- help develop a rural training pathway for medical education in a broader range of settings by improving rural training networks.
Meeting our goals
The RJDTIF supports at least 60 full-time equivalent (FTE) places every year, comprising around 240 accredited rotations into primary care settings.
Settings include general practice or an Aboriginal Medical Service.
Rotations usually last between 8 to 12 weeks.
The RJDTIF funds the following 15 organisations that provide training rotations for interns and PGY2s in a rural primary care setting:
- Canberra Health Services (ACT Health Directorate)
- Murrumbidgee Local Health District (New South Wales)
- Mid North Coast Local Health District (New South Wales)
- Western NSW Local Health District (Bathurst and Orange Base Hospitals)
- Bairnsdale Regional Health Service (Victoria)
- South West Healthcare (Victoria)
- Eastern Victoria GP Training Limited (Victoria)
- Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network Incorporated (South Australia)
- Central Australia Health Service (Northern Territory)
- Northern Territory of Australia (Top End Health Service)
- Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (Queensland)
- Ingham Family Medical Practice Pty Ltd (Queensland)
- Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia Limited (Queensland)
- Ochre Health Pty Ltd (Tasmania)
- Pioneer Health Albany Torch Bearer Pty Ltd (Western Australia)
RJDTIF-funded rotations are in the following locations:
- New South Wales – Bega, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Cowra, Finley, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga
- Victoria – Hamilton, Heyfield, Lakes Entrance, Leongatha, Moe, Portland Trafalgar, Warrnambool
- Tasmania – Currie, Devonport, Geeveston, Queenstown, Scottsdale, St Helens
- Western Australia – Albany
- Northern Territory – Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek
- Queensland – Ayr, Babinda, Bargara, Cannonvale, Charters Towers, Chillagoe, Clifton, Coen, Croydon, Einasleigh, Emerald, Forsayth, Georgetown, Greenvale, Goondiwindi, Hughenden, Ingham, Kowanyama, Lockhart, Mackay, Mount Surprise, Oakey, Pentland, Pormpuraaw, Ravenswood, Sarina, Theodore, Toowoomba City, Windermere
- South Australia – Jamestown, Loxton, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln.