NACCHO health training news:GP training extended to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations

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The community gets to keep their doctor and the doctor receives the support they need to achieve Fellowship .The community is the real winner.

Doctors working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS’s) will now be eligible to undertake vocational training towards fellowship of the RACGP & ACRRM via an extension to the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).

There will be ten training positions available nationally for commencement in February 2014.

The RVTS extension is an Australian Government initiative designed to deliver structured distance education and supervision to doctors already providing medical services within ACCHS’s.

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The program is supported by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

Doctors will receive training over a 3 to 4 year period, while they continue to work in their health service.

Training will be delivered by distance education and remote supervision and will be specifically tailored to doctors working in indigenous communities.

The extension will deliver support to ACCHS’s doctors so that they don’t have to move to another community to access mainstream general practice training. “The community gets to keep their doctor and the doctor receives the support they need to achieve Fellowship” says RVTS Chief Executive Officer, Dr Pat Giddings. “The community is the real winner”.

For further information please contact Dr Pat Giddings 0408 573 933 or Denise Burnett (NACCHO) 0417 983 581

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