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The Nationals expand junior doctor training in Eden-Monaro

The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP

Assistant Minister for Health

Member for Lyne

Senator John Williams

Senator for New South Wales


13 December 2017


In big news for regional and rural Australia, the Federal Nationals in government are delivering on their commitment to significantly increase the number of rural-based doctors in training, by expanding opportunities to work in primary care settings.

Announcing up to $13.6 million for the first round of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF), Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie said 11 organisations would be funded to provide 121 training rotations in rural locations, which is the equivalent to 26 full time positions.

“This program will help address the gap in the rural training pathway for new medical graduates and support interns based in rural areas by providing rotations in general practice,” Minister Gillespie said. 


“The Federal Coalition Government is committed to training the next generation of rural doctors, and this program is among a number of initiatives to improve access to health professionals for everyone who calls regional, rural and remote Australia home.”

Under the first round of the RJDTIF, the ACT Health Directorate will be provided with funding of $397,752 to increase intern rotations throughout Eden-Monaro.

Senator for New South Wales John Williams welcomed the announcement and said the initiative was an important step forward in boosting the number of rural doctors in the area.

“This funding will provide 12 rotations at Bega Valley Medical Practice, which is the equivalent of one full time position,” Senator Williams said.  

“This funding will assist our junior doctors to live, work and study locally. We want to recruit and retain young doctors, and this program will help them experience life as a local doctor.”

Under the program, junior doctors will be placed in Bega for 18 months, with six months at Canberra Hospital for tertiary hospital emergency and paediatric terms. The GP placements will be part-time for six months as a GP and emergency combined term, building continuity of care and community involvement.

The RJDTIF strengthens the regional training hubs component of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine, which coordinates training in rural medicine, meaning increased retention of graduates in rural areas.

The funding will be used for clinical supervision, education and training materials, travel and accommodation expenses, and covering the salary of the junior doctor while they are in a primary care setting.

Minister Gillespie congratulated Senator Williams on his strong advocacy of The Nationals’ health agenda.

“John has been a strong supporter of our efforts to expand doctor training in country areas, and I’m delighted that this region will benefit from this program” Minister Gillespie said.

More details about the RJDTIF are on the Department of Health website.  

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