Medical training opportunities in southern regional Australia highlighted as new website launches

Medical students and trainees seeking to study and work in southern regional Australia now have a direct line of sight as to where they can study, what specialty pathways are available, and the benefits of studying and working across hundreds of regional Australian towns, thanks to a new website.

Launched on Wednesday 28 April at the Australian Medical Association's Victoria Careers Expo, the Regional Medical Training website is a one-stop shop for investigating medical specialty training placements and study options across the southern regional Australia region. Interested students and trainees will now also be able to read, listen to and watch stories of many currently enjoying studying and working across this wide and diverse region.

The website has been developed by the Southern Regional Training Hub Alliance, a collaboration between Monash University, University of Melbourne and Deakin University, University of New South Wales, University of Tasmania and Flinders University.

At the virtual launch, regional specialists including Gippsland Regional Training Hub Director, Professor Michael Nowotny, spoke about local pathways in surgery, intensive care, psychiatry, paediatrics, general practice, rural generalism, adult internal medicine and anaesthetics and the benefits available to trainees working in rural and regional towns.

Southern Regional Training Hub Alliance Chair, Dr Phillip Steele, is excited by the opportunities the Regional Medical Training website delivers.

"For medical students and trainees wishing to investigate the wide range of specialty pathway study and work options available regionally, this site will be invaluable. From Albury Wodonga  to Burnie, Mt Gambier to Traralgon, Wangaratta to Swan Hill and Warrnambool, accredited places for on-site studying and hands-on placements can be found, along with information on who to speak with to support you on the next step on your medical journey."

The Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria’s 2020 Junior Doctor of the Year and Monash alumna, Dr Katie Blunt, appreciates how valuable this website will be to her colleagues and medical students. As someone who is passionate about improving workforce distribution, Katie is thrilled that this website will enable medical students and junior doctors across south-east Australia to easily visualize and explore the possibility of regional medical specialty pathways.

“This website is an innovative and accessible way for students and trainees to explore the intrinsic relationship between exciting career pathways in rural medicine and the attractive lifestyle opportunities that exist in these locations. The website simplifies what can be an overwhelming process and enables the viewer to explore regional career pathways either by specialty or by region.

It puts everything regional south-east Australia has on offer on display in an easy-to-navigate platform that hopefully will excite junior doctors and medical students about regional medical career prospects. I love that it also explores the best of what south-east Australia has to offer, from hiking destinations to beaches, and unveils the largely untapped potential of regional Australia as a place to live. I wish this had been around when I was a student!”

On top of the current 21 specialty training pathways currently showcased on the website, more will be added over the coming months, as well as an interactive map to support students and trainees so that they may drill down even further into study and training areas of interest.

Monash Rural Health is a proud member of the Southern Regional Training Hub Alliance and manages the Gippsland and the North West Victorian Regional Training Hubs, improving training and career opportunities for junior doctors within these regions.