Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF)

EV have been coordinating the funding for the RJDTIF program since its inception in 2018. During this time the program was expanded and now includes 15 GP rotations for GRIT (Gippsland Rural Intern Trainees) and 4 GP rotations for PGY2 junior doctors each year. EV continues to partner with Latrobe Regional Hospital and our host practices, Heyfield Medical Centre, Leongatha Healthcare and United Medical Centre, Moe to ensure junior doctors have the opportunity to be exposed to rural general practice in a supportive and positive learning environment.

The feedback has demonstrated junior doctors have been able to increase their clinical knowledge, particularly learning the importance of the continuity of care, fully immerse themselves as a ‘doctor’ in a supportive and well supervised rural general practice setting and open their eyes to the possibility of a career in rural general practice. We are now seeing a number of junior doctors (approximately 10%) remaining in Gippsland and training with EV on either the ACRRM or RACGP pathway.

Last year, the Department of Health announced the RJDTIF program would be merged as part of the John Flynn Program with the Jurisdictional Departments/Ministries of Health, the only entities to apply as consortia leads from 1 January 2023.

EV has been strongly advocating to ensure junior doctors in Gippsland continue to have the opportunity to undertake a GP rotation beyond our tenure.

Recently EV and Latrobe Regional Hospital met with the Victorian Department of Health (DH) and were pleased to be advised the DH confirmed their intention to submit a tender for the program to continue for 2023 in the Gippsland region. Whilst DH are still working out the details including the co-ordination of the program, EV is supporting a handover of relevant information and remains committed to coordinating the RJDTIF, supporting LRH and our practices for the duration of the 2022 training year.

EV eNews June 2022 Reports