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


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.


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


Help us train a doctor for your ACCH service.

Dear Colleague,

NACCHO and the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) would very much appreciate a few minutes of your, or your delegate’s time in completing a brief survey online.

This is because, as you will know, so many Aboriginal community controlled organisations find it challenging to attract and retain sufficient medical staff.

RVTS is a workforce recruitment and retention program.

 It does this by allowing doctors to train towards general practice (FRACGP and/or FACRRM) qualifications without having to leave their practice/community. 

The ability to train in this way assists practices in the recruitment and retention of doctors.

Doctors without general registration may also be able to train in the program.

Currently the eligibility to train with RVTS is limited to remote practice.

 There is an opportunity to extend RVTS training to include all ACCHSs whether or not they are remote. 

To do this, however, we need to secure funding from the Commonwealth Government.

In order to achieve this, we need to be able to demonstrate the need for such a service.

This is where you can help us by completing the survey at:

We hope you can find the time to complete this survey by Midday(12pm) Monday 10 December 2012

Your responses will be treated in strict confidence, and the survey responses will be deleted upon finalisation of the survey results.

In any reports from the survey, all responses will be de-identified.

We will, however, make sure you receive a copy of the final analysis of survey results for your own interest.

Please call Jeanette McLaren on 02 6057 4300 if you would like to discuss this invitation further.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Yours Sincerely,

Ms Lisa Biggs                                                                          Dr Pat Giddings

CEO, NACCHO                                                                         CEO, RVTS