“I am pleased to announce with Minister Gillespie, that applications are now open for organisations to develop training rotations under the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund ( RJDTIF)
The RJDTIF is designed to enable rural based junior doctors completing their intern year to gain experience in rural general practice, in addition to their hospital based rotations.
At least 60 junior doctors will be supported under the program each year, at a cost of up to $10 million.
They will train in a variety of primary care settings, such as general practice and Aboriginal Medical Services.
This will improve the pathway for new graduates into challenging and rewarding careers as doctors with the skills needed by rural communities. ”
Joint Press Release 6 March The Hon Greg Hunt MP Minister for Health and The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP Assistant Minister for Health
Photo above : Greg Hunt, Ken Wyatt and David Gillespie at the recent swearing in of the Health Minister’s team
Coalition to deliver more doctors for regional and rural Australia
- Funding for rural based junior doctors to access a rotation in primary care setting
- Rotations must be undertaken in primary care settings in regional and rural areas
- Supports at least 60 full-time places annually, equal to 240 accredited intern rotations
Hundreds of new junior doctors are set to experience work as a general practitioner in regional and rural Australia through a new Coalition Government initiative.
The opening of the Coalition Government’s Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) will work as part of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline measure to help tackle one of Australia’s biggest health challenges – locating doctors, particularly GPs, in regional, rural and remote Australia.
Minister Gillespie said doctors who live and train in regional and rural areas are more likely to practice in similar areas once they qualify.
“Having practiced most of my 33 years in medicine in regional Australia, I know how important training doctors in regional areas is in our overall efforts to attract and retain doctors in the bush,” Minister Gillespie said.
“The RJDTIF is an innovative step by the Coalition Government to address the medical workforce shortage in rural Australia and, in turn, improve the health outcomes of people living in these areas.
“Our Government is committed to strengthening rural training for junior doctors in rural areas.
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This is an opportunity to apply for funding for rural based junior doctors to access an accredited intern rotation in a rural primary care setting. This opportunity builds on rural training networks funded by the states and territories, will develop rural training capacity and will strengthen rural training pathways.
Accredited intern rotations must be undertaken in primary care settings in Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Areas (ASGS-RA) 2 to 5.
The RJDTIF will foster the development of innovative rural junior doctor training within the larger rural training networks for interns, established within state and territory health systems through supporting at least 60 full-time equivalent (FTE) places annually, comprising around 240 accredited intern rotations annually into primary care settings.
The details of eligibility are listed at Section 4 of the Grant Guidelines
Grant Activity Timeframe:
Funding will commence in 2018 and cease 30 June 2020.
Total Amount Available (AUD):
Instructions for Lodgement:
Email your completed application and Attachment 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2pm, 12 April 2017.
Please include ‘Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund’ and ‘H1617G021’in your email title.
Note last questions close 5 April 2017. Include ‘Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund’ and ‘H1617G021’in your email title.
Ensure your application meets the eligibility criteria and addresses the selection criteria.