Bairnsdale GP registrar wins funding

A GP registrar in Bairnsdale is one of many successful applicants for funding under the Training Reimbursement Scheme.

Dr Barry is using her grant funding to buy study materials in preparation for her upcoming Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners Fellowship exam, the final step in her specialist training as a rural generalist.

"I love living and working in the rural area where I grew up,” she said. “The funding has helped cover gaps in accessing some aspects of training which are more difficult to keep up with due to distance.”

The Training Activity Reimbursement Scheme, created by Monash University’s Regional Training Hubs in June this year, provides up to $5000 to help support junior doctors who live and work in areas of rural and regional Victoria currently served by Monash Rural Health (regardless of whether they are a Monash graduate) to improve access to training and professional development. The funding, supported by the Commonwealth government’s Rural Health Multi-Disciplinary Training Program (RHMTP), is intended to help rurally-based junior doctors to attend “resume boosting” skills courses or workshops to increase their subsequent admission into a specialist college training program. Funds can also be used to purchase resources or attend scientific meetings. Similarly, clinical Supervisors can utilise funds to improve their own supervision skills.

Head of Monash Rural Health, Professor Robyn Langham, said the scheme is designed to ensure that we are providing the best support for our junior doctors who have committed to practice in North West Victoria and Gippsland. "It is all with the aim of delivering a high quality medical workforce to the regions,” she said.