You just might be surprised to find that a rural lifestyle and great career opportunities is achievable!
EV’s rural pathway offers a range of benefits and opportunities commensurate with the work of rural general practice, for example:
|Immerse Yourself||Live, work and be immersed into local communities and lifestyle benefits of country living.|
|Work Variety||Opportunity to develop and consolidate an extended scope of practice working more closely with local communities; hospital and community based primary care.|
|Make a Difference||Contribute to addressing the health needs of communities with decreased access to health care; You may choose to stay or go after your training, but your contribution will be appreciated and valued making a difference to many people.|
|No Day is the Same||Opportunities are what you make of them and rural general practice provides this such as; working alongside retrieval medicine teams. You can drive what sort of GP you want to be!|
|Be a Rural Generalist||Access to specialist training such as emergency medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, and obstetrics.|
|Supportive Team||Access to mentors, supervisors and professional relationships which may not be possible in metropolitan areas.|
|Open Spaces and No Peak-Hour||Say no more!!!|
Gippsland offers the best of both worlds of balancing work with a great lifestyle. On your doorstep there is a choice of:
- Beautiful beaches
- Country galleries
- Great food and wine trails
- Fantastic restaurants and a rich café culture.
- Activities to cleanse the mind – bush walking, hiking, cycling just to name a few across a picturesque and diverse landscape.
Gippsland offers a rich and ancient Aboriginal history that dates back to tens of thousands of years ago. The opportunity to learn and appreciate the culture of the local Aboriginal people is available across the region. EV is committed to the ‘Close the Gap’ campaign and we all have the opportunity to contribute to closing the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
The region is well serviced by public transport and there is no ‘peak hour’ traffic to endure!
Gippsland offers families a choice of primary and secondary Schools from state to private, Universities including Monash University with a Graduate entry program into Medicine at Churchill and a number of Rural Clinical Schools throughout Gippsland.
There is a sense of community and belonging in Gippsland. Children and adults have a multitude of extra curricula activities to join in whether it be sport, music or drama.
Gippsland real estate offers great value for money and the opportunity to achieve your dream home is a reality.
Gippsland has a lot to offer, take a look using the links below.
GP registrars training in the Gippsland region may be eligible for incentive payments in the following areas:
- Practice incentives
- Accommodation subsidy in certain locations
Read about the Workforce Incentive Payment Program, which comes into effect 1 January 2020 (formerly the GRIP – General Practice Rural Incentives Program), using the links below.
Wonthaggi Medical Group
General practice was always the long-term goal for me. I was interested from med school after we have speakers come in and talk about their work. Of all the varying disciplines, the GPs were the only ones that talked about the lifestyle aspect of their work and what general practice afforded them in this. They discussed flexibility in training, practice to allow for more family time; they talked about the different locations that they could work in (which is pretty much anywhere) and the variety of work that they got to face each day.
I chose ACRRM because of its rural focus. I like working in a tight-knit community, where you get to look after generations in the one family, work with a small number of staff at the hospital; it feels like I really get to know the people around me. I’ve always wanted to live and work rurally and through medical school, I got to experience placements in remote Australia which I thoroughly enjoyed. These placements cemented my passion for rural practice. ACRRM provides the training to prepare GPs to work rurally and remotely; their program encourages GP registrars to attain extra skills and be able to provide services beyond the consulting room.
I chose to do anaesthetics as a special post because I want to eventually work in remote Australia, and having these skills would give me more confidence in this practice. The post was full time anaesthetics for 12 months in a supervised position. It involved theatre and preadmission which prepares registrars well for GPA life. We had regular sim sessions which were great practice for the exam and for ingraining how to approach emergency situations. Learning to do epidurals was one of the most rewarding skills I’ve gained. To walk into a room where someone is in such distress (‘just do it already!’), and leave them in such comfort as I leave is such a great feeling…and to be honest, it doesn’t hurt the ego.
Overall, the on-the-job learning was invaluable, the practical side of general practice that you gain from your supervisors is not something that can be learnt in books. EV provides great support throughout training and the workshops provide great opportunity to swap stories with other registrars.
Tanjil Place Medical, Moe
General practice was a career choice that took me by surprise. I always knew I liked variety and Emergency Medicine appealed to me for that very reason, however the lack of continuity of care felt quite unnatural for me. I had no connection with the patient beyond that initial encounter, the outcome of their condition and how they were afterwards remained unknown. I realised for me professional satisfaction was going to be gained by going along the entire journey with the patient and their families, not just by intervening at a snapshot in time. Also for me a work life balance was important. My partner and I had barely spent an evening or weekend together in years due to the shift based nature of hospital work.
Since I began my training in a rural setting with EV in 2018, I have been offered the post of Registrar Medical Educator (RME) in the rural cohort for 2020. I chose the RME post medical education is a passion of mine. I also feel like if you want to constitute significant change and improvement in the system this is the best way to do so. Helping to educate and learn from each other is the best way we can help our patients.
A highlight of my career would be witnessing a patient, in a moderate depressive state, start to improve. It has been so rewarding to see this. As a GP you have a real opportunity to instigate change and the total privilege of being part of a patient’s life. The last few months of my career have been the most rewarding to date and I would strongly recommend a career in General Practice to any doctor considering their future career.
AGPT Rural Pathway
The Rural Pathway encompasses a large percentage of Australia reaching from towns in regional areas to remote locations. This pathway offers a range of benefits and opportunities commensurate with the work of rural general practice, for example:
- being immersed into local communities and lifestyle benefits of country living;
- access to specialist training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics;
- opportunity to develop and consolidate an extended scope of practice working more closely with local communities;
- hospital and community-based primary care;
- access to GP specialist training such as mental health, addiction medicine, paediatrics, anaesthetics, surgery and obstetrics;
- contributing to addressing the health needs of communities with decreased access to health care;
- working alongside retrieval medicine teams;
- access to mentors and professional relationships which may not be possible in metropolitan areas; and
- increased earning capacity—access to financial incentives not available in metropolitan locations.
Doctors who apply for the Rural Pathway can enrol with either of the colleges or both. If you are applying for the Rural Pathway, there is an expectation that you will live and work in the community.
Additionally, registrars with EV can undertake advanced skills (AST/ARST) and extended skills (ES) in Gippsland. For full details of the variety of posts offered, visit the Advanced and Extended Training Skills section of our website.
Rural Pathway with EV
The Rural Pathway is for those who are committed and passionate about training and working in rural general practice. If you elect this pathway, you will be required to complete the majority of your training in rural areas with access to varied opportunities.
If you are an international medical graduate or foreign graduate from an accredited medical school subject to Section 19AB of the Health Insurance Act 1973, you will be required to elect the Rural Pathway for your GP training.
AGPT registrars’ training pathway does not affect the duration of training or where you can work later as a GP specialist but will determine the nature of the experiences you receive whilst training.
ACRRM has published a guide for those applying to the AGPT Program. This guide will help applicants determine their eligibility. It will also help applicants understand the application and selection process.
Dr Kara Methven is a Medical Educator at EV and was recently Fellowed by ACRRM. Pauline Ingham is the Communications & Marketing Manager at EV. In this video, Kara and Pauline discuss frequently asks questions by doctors considering undertaking the AGPT Program with ACRRM.
Gippsland born and bred, it made sense for me to navigate my medical career in my local region. I think there are lots of opportunities in Gippsland for me as a GP and rural generalist.
I undertook my medical training at Monash University, spending a lot of my clinical years staying close to home. I was a Gippsland intern; I’m now working at Warragul Hospital (West Gippsland Healthcare Group) in emergency and I’ve already completed rotations in paediatrics and anaesthetics.
I have enjoyed a lot of things about going rural – the broad scope of practice when you go rural is great, working with consultants has been interesting and challenging, and the work environments are good places to practice and learn.
There are a lot of opportunities in Gippsland for both hospital and general practice based work.
I encourage doctors to consider training in a rural setting as there are quite a lot of opportunities in a rural setting.
For me benefits are
· Opportunities to get hands-on skills and do procedural work
· Excellent supervision
· Great learning
· Ability to start practicing independently
Personally, I like to follow the procedural model hence my choosing ACRRM as my fellowship pathway. I am now in the first year of my AGPT program with Eastern Victoria GP Training.
I chose ACRRM because they are entirely dedicated to rural and remote medicine. I wanted to ensure that I had a solid foundation in acute, hospital-based medicine which ACRRM requires its registrars to undertake. This will enable me to work anywhere in Australia and that’s a massive bonus for me.
I am getting great support from EVGPT and have a great network of mentors. EVGPT has ran workshops and information sessions to help me and my fellow ACRRM registrars navigate the college requirements and encourage us to maximise our learning opportunities in hospital and clinic.
I am looking forward to gaining the skills and knowledge to better serve my community.
I think Gippsland is excellent, you can work in a large town or more rurally like Heyfield. Really it’s just up to you to pick a place where you want to go.
Junior Doctor GP Rotations
EV is the only RTO to be funded by the Rural Junior Doctor Innovation Fund Program to offer GP rotations for junior doctors.
These rotations are offered to Gippsland Rural Intern Trainees (GRIT) and PGY2 Junior Doctors at Latrobe Regional Hospital at a number of well-experienced, GP Training practices across Gippsland.
To build regional capacity and enabling the training pipeline in Gippsland.
In partnership with Latrobe Regional Hospital, Gippsland’s largest hospital and auspice of the Gippsland Rural Intern Training (GRIT) Program, the purpose of RJDTIF is to build regional capacity through collaboration, expanding the junior doctor training pathway options in Gippsland that will improve continuity for junior doctors and retain junior doctors in Gippsland. This program will increase the breadth of skills for junior doctors, as well as those that have an interest in the rural generalist pathway to remain or return to Gippsland (post medical school) to undertake a GP rotation in either/both their first (PGY1) and second postgraduate year (PGY2) continuing via the ‘training pipeline’ into GP specialist training.
PGY1 – 15 GP non core rotations per year
2018 – Heyfield Medical Centre, Maffra Medical Group
2019 & 2020 (program expanded) Heyfield Medical Centre, Maffra Medical Group PLUS Breed St. Clinic
PGY2 – 4 GP rotations per year (program further expanded to include a PGY2 opportunity for junior doctors)
2020 – Trafalgar Medical
The GP training opportunities are endless in Gippsland! Opportunities for learning and development, experiencing the scope of practice rural GP offers, exploring advanced and extended skills and living as part of a rural community. There are plenty of varied practices to choose from in Gippsland offering the whole gamut of general practice training.
Here’s a glimpse into some of the practices in Gippsland.
Explore what is on offer.
Destination Rural Victoria
EV has collaborated with MCCC GP Training who operate in Western Victoria to produce this video series.
Watch them to learn about what a career in general practice has to offer.