The Department of Health and Human Services offers a range of funding programs to support rural health education and training and encourage rural recruitment and retention.
Rural Community Intern Training (RCIT)
Rural Community Intern Training is an intern training model based in small rural and sub-regional hospitals with core and non-core rotations to larger regional hospitals, general practices and community settings.
There are currently 5 RCIT programs in Victoria, one in each of the five Victorian rural regions:
- Barwon South West - South West Community Intern Program
- Grampians - Grampians Rural Community Intern Program
- Gippsland - East Gippsland Community based Intern Program
- Hume - Murray to Mountains Intern Program
- Loddon Mallee - Echuca Intern Network
Applications to RCIT programs for 2016 internships can be made through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) intern computer match. For more information about the PMCV intern computer match, please visit the computer match website, or contact the PMCV on (03) 9419 1217 or by email at email@example.com.
For more information about RCIT programs in Victoria, please see the fact sheet below or contact Joan O’Neill in the Department of Health and Human Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on (03) 9096 7315.
The Victorian General practitioner - rural generalist program
The Victorian General Practitioner – Rural Generalist (GP-RG) program integrates training in primary care and procedural practice from internship through to postgraduate year five. This program aims to give medical students a supported and cohesive pathway to a rural career as a general practitioner with advanced skills in the areas of obstetrics, anaesthetics, emergency medicine or surgery.
Six regional partnerships manage the GP-RG program across all areas of rural Victoria. These partnerships include rural clinical schools, local medical practices, and regional and rural health services as well as established regional training providers.
Administration and selection into the training program is the responsibility of each regional/local partnership with preference given to applicants from rural clinical schools.
For further information regarding the Victorian GP - Rural Generalist Program, please see the fact sheet below or contact Joan O’Neill in the Department of Health and Human Services at email@example.com or by phone on (03) 9096 7315.
Please note that the GP-RG program is currently under review and this may result in changes to the program in the future.
Victorian rural medical scholarships scheme (VRMS)
The Victorian Government has allocated $1.8 million over four years to support a rural scholarships program to assist medical students, with a commitment to working in rural and regional Victoria, with living and tertiary expenses. The Scheme supports career pathways to rural medical practice, and assists rural and regional health services to attract, employ and retain medical graduates.
The Victorian Rural Medical Scholarships Scheme (VRMS) is administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services.
In 2015, 30 scholarships valued at $20,000 each are available to be awarded to final year medical students in Victoria, with a demonstrated commitment to rural practice, in return for a two year commitment to work in rural and regional Victoria following graduation. To be eligible for a scholarhip in 2015, applicants must allocate their top preference in the PMCV intern computer match to a rural or regional health service, or Rural Community Intern Training (RCIT) program.
Applications for 2015 scholarships close on Friday 10 July 2015.
For further information regarding the Victorian Rural Medical Scholarship Scheme (VRMS) please contact Liana Thomas in the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone on (03) 9096 0590.
Rural Extended and Advanced Procedural Skills (REAPS) program
The Rural Extended and Advanced Procedural Skills (REAPS) program, formerly the Advanced Rural Procedural and Extended Skills program, supports the development and maintenance of a flexible and skilled health workforce to meet the medical service needs of a rural and regional Victoria. Funding assists rural general practitioners (GPs) to undertake additional training in an extended or advanced procedural skill to address identified local service requirements.
Training posts under the REAPS program are administered by the Victorian GP Regional Training Providers (RTPs).
For further information regarding the REAPS program, please contact Joan O’Neill in the Department of Health and Human Services at email@example.com or by phone on (03) 9096 7315
Please note that the REAPS program, is currently under review and this may result in changes to the program in the future.
Rural continuing medical education (CME) grants
Rural CME grants offset the costs of medical education for doctors and trainee doctors working in rural and regional Victoria. Trainee doctors, who complete a minimum of 13 weeks in a rural placement, are eligible for an additional allowance.
The program is administered by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. Further information is available from the RWAV website.
Continuing professional development (CPD) for rural GPs subsidy program
The Department of Health and Human Services provides funding to the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to support CPD activities for GPs working in rural general practice in Victoria.
Further information is available from the RWAV website.