Next steps in rural medical careers given a welcome boost

Monash’s Gippsland and North West Victorian Regional Training Hubs are pleased to announce that 35 junior doctors will share in $55,000 under Monash’s 2021 Rural Resume Boost Bursary Program.

These bursaries will directly assist medical trainees who live and work in the Loddon Mallee and Gippsland areas of rural Victoria to access and reimburse training and professional development items and activities engaged in across the 2021 calendar year.

Monash’s Gippsland and North West Victorian Regional Training Hubs, supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program, are pleased to announce that 35 junior doctors will share in $55,000 under Monash’s 2021 Rural Resume Boost Bursary Program. These bursaries will directly assist medical trainees who live and work in the Loddon Mallee and Gippsland areas of rural Victoria to access and reimburse training and professional development items and activities engaged in across the 2021 calendar year.

The 2021 Bursary Round was oversubscribed, with $69,263 requested, highlighting strong interest from junior doctors keen to strengthen their medical careers in rural Victoria. Twenty-two recipients from the Loddon Mallee region and 13 from the Gippsland region were assisted.

Bursary requests were broad, from studies such as Advanced Life Support 2, a two-day course focused on developing advanced skills in managing deteriorating patients, to The Sydney Child Health program, which develops paediatric skills to improve the health and wellbeing of young people.

Applicants had to be living and working as a doctor in Gippsland or North Western Victoria (the Loddon Mallee) as an Intern in a regional intern training program; Resident Medical Officer or Unaccredited Registrar with an interest in joining a rural vocational training program; or a Registrar undertaking an approved College rural vocational training program or rural rotation. Successful applicants demonstrated that the proposed activity met a specific learning need and was directly relevant to career ambitions - and showed an intention to practice regionally once Fellowed.

Dr Sumudu WelikumburaBursary recipient Dr Sumudu Welikumbura from Central Gippsland Health in Sale, was thrilled to receive a bursary of $2,000 to help fund her training in laparoscopic skills and the study of perioperative medicine.

"This bursary will assist with my goal to become a Rural General Surgeon and acquire skills in a variety of fields in order to provide a robust service to rural and remote communities."

Mildura-based aspiring rural generalist, Dr Anna Hoy was also happy to hear she’d been successful in accessing the bursary boost, to strengthen her skillset in women’s health.Dr Anna Hoy

"I have really loved my time in Mildura as a junior doctor, and have very much enjoyed becoming involved in the local community, especially being involved with the local music and musical communities. As a trainee on the new Victorian Rural Generalist Pathway, I am excited to be commencing my fourth year working here in 2022, and intend to remain in Mildura long term, with the hope of developing some outreach roles in surrounding towns.

Receiving this bursary will really boost my CV and support me to practice medicine that will benefit the local community. I will put this funding towards further study in various aspects of women's health, a particular interest of mine. I know that building skills across all aspects of women’s health can have a great local impact, and I hope supporting the local community with navigating these personal, complex, and often life-changing, experiences."

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, cancellations and lockdowns, some of the professional development activities indicated within the applications were in the process of being rescheduled for 2022.

For more information on the successful recipients or for more information on the bursary program itself, please contact:

LODDON MALLEE REGION
Sophie Burke
Manager - North West Victorian Regional Training Hub
26 Mercy Street, Bendigo T : +61 3 5440 9017   E: sophie.burke@monash.edu

GIPPSLAND REGION
Amy Allen
Manager - Gippsland Regional Training Hub 
15 Sargeant Street, Warragul    T: +61 3 5122 7247   E: amy.allen@monash.edu

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Monash Rural Health Regional Training Hubs

The Monash Rural Health Regional Training Hubs facilitate speciality training and career development opportunities for junior doctors, to help them live, work and train rurally.  The Monash Regional Training Hubs are supported by the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program of the Department of Health.