The Department of Health and Human Services offers a range of programs to support the education and training of rural medical practitioners with the aim of encouraging rural recruitment and retention to meet rural community need.

This website contains information for:

Gippsland Medical Students’ Network

In April 2015, the Gippsland Medical Student Network was formed. The Network:
  • Promotes medicine as a career through the Gippsland secondary schools, and identifies and supports students who are interested in studying medicine.
  • Identifies and connects with medical students who grew up locally, and are now studying medicine outside the Gippsland geographic area.
  • Identifies and connects with medical students who are studying in Gippsland.
  • Promotes medical training opportunities and careers offered in Gippsland via the network.
  • Mentors and supports prospective medical students and existing medical students who are either from Gippsland or studying in Gippsland, and also creates linkages between existing medical students and prospective students in the region.

Gippsland Medical Student Network Facebook page has been set up as the vehicle to connect with medical students who originate from Gippsland, are studying in Gippsland and the Gippsland medical community. 

The department funds the Gippsland Medical Student Network, and from April 2016, Eastern Victoria GP Training is responsible for the administration of the Network on behalf of the department. 

For further information, contact Eastern Victoria GP Training.

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Victorian Rural Medical Scholarships (VRMS) Scheme

The department funds the Victorian Rural Medical Scholarships (VRMS) Scheme 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. The VRMS is administered by the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV) on behalf of the department. 

For further information, download the VRMS 2016 Guidelines and VRMS 2016 FAQs, or contact the PMCV.

The online VRMS 2016 application form can be found here from 9am on 24 June to 5.00pm on Friday 8 July 2016: https://vicknowledgebank.net.au/VRMS/

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Rural Community Intern Training (RCIT)

Rural Community Intern Training (RCIT) is an intern training model based in small rural and subregional hospitals with core and non-core rotations to larger regional and private hospitals, general practices and community settings.

There are currently five specific RCIT programs in rural Victoria.

Applications to RCIT programs for 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 by email at computermatching@pmcv.com.au.

For further information, download the RCIT 2017 Fact Sheet.

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Victorian General Practitioner – Rural Generalist (GP-RG) 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 graduates a supported and cohesive pathway to a rural career as a GP with advanced skills in areas such as obstetrics, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, geriatrics, paediatrics, indigenous health and mental health. 

Administration and selection into the training program is coordinated by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) and is based on the needs of the community and region in which the doctor intends to practise. Preference is given to applicants from rural clinical schools or students of rural origin. 

For further information, download the GP-RG 2016-17 Guidelines and/or contact your local Regional Training Organisation (Eastern Victoria GP Training Limited or Murray City Country Coast GP Training Limited).

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Rural Extended and Advanced Procedural Skills (REAPS) program

The Rural Extended and Advanced Procedural Skills (REAPS) supports the development and maintenance of a flexible and skilled rural medical workforce to meet the medical service needs of rural and regional Victoria. Funding supports rural GPs to undertake additional training in an extended skill, advanced skill or procedural skill to address identified local service requirements. 

Training posts under the REAPS program are administered by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) on behalf of the department. 

For further information, download the REAP 2016-17 Guidelines and/or contact your local Regional Training Organisation (Eastern Victoria GP Training Limited or Murray City Country Coast GP Training Limited).

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Consolidation of Skills program

The Consolidation of Skills program aims to ensure that rural GPs, rural GP registrars and rural salaried medical officers who have undertaken procedural skills training i.e. completed REAPS or GP-RG, are able to consolidate the skills learnt, and to practise independently following training to meet the medical service needs of the communities in which they practise. 

For further information, download the Consolidation of Skills 2016-17 Guidelines and/or contact your local Regional Training Organisation (Eastern Victoria GP Training Limited or Murray City Country Coast GP Training Limited).

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Obstetric and Anaesthetic Workshops

The department funds the delivery of state-wide obstetrics and anaesthetic workshops for rurally based DRANZCOG Advanced trainees and GP Anaesthetist trainees in Victoria. 

These workshops cover procedural skills training, networking and exam preparation, and are held in different locations in rural Victoria which will address skill development, consolidation, mentoring and collegiality between trainees. 

These obstetric and anaesthetic workshops are coordinated and delivered by Eastern Victoria GP Training Limited (EVGPT). For further information, please contact EVGPT.

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Medical Professional Development Subsidy

The Medical Professional Development Subsidy offset the cost of medical education for doctors working in rural and regional Victoria and encourage trainee doctors to complete rural placements. Specific grants are available to rural doctors to update their knowledge and skills at rural, regional or metropolitan locations. Trainee doctors, who complete a minimum of 13 weeks in a rural placement, will be paid an additional allowance. 

The Victorian Rural CME Grant scheme is administered by the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) on behalf of the department. 

For further information, visit the RWAV website or email RWAV at grants@rwav.com.au.

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Rural doctor recruitment (Visiting Medical Officers & After Hours Services)

The department funds the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to identify and service vacancies for GPs providing Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) and after hours services, advertise and promote to domestic and international medical graduates, and to attract, assess and place GPs in positions that provide VMO and after hours services.

Further information is available from RWAV.

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Post Placement Support & Training Coordination for Rural GPs

The department funds the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to facilitate access to appropriate orientation and training as identified through assessment process (may include women’s health, emergency medicine and cultural training), to provide advice on professional development opportunities and training programs for rural doctors, to coordinate access to exam preparation and support; and to coordinate Medical Liaison Officer visits for all RWAV recruited doctors after 3 months in practice.

Further information is available from RWAV

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Statewide Locum Brokerage Service

The department funds the Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to provide locum placements through RWAV employed locums for rural GPs on leave, and to address short-term workforce gaps; as well as to provide a locum brokerage service (management and brokerage of rural locum supply and demand). Locums provided under this brokerage funding are for rural doctors that are hospital VMOs or provide after-hours care.

Further information is available from RWAV

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