Up to $5.44M is available from RJDTIF to support development of innovative rural junior doctor training within the larger rural training networks for interns.
Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF)
The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) will foster the development of innovative rural junior doctor training within the larger rural training networks for interns, established within state and territory health systems through supporting at least 60 full-time equivalent (FTE) places annually, comprising around 240 accredited intern rotations annually into primary care settings.
The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund was established through the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) for Medicine measure, announced on 15 December 2015, in the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. This initiative aims to help retain medical graduates in rural
areas by better coordinating the different stages of medical training within regions and building additional rural training capacity. Through this approach, more health practitioners will be able to complete different stages of their medical training, from student to specialist, within rural areas.
The IRTP comprises three linked and complementary components:
- the formation of up to 30 regional training hubs;
- the establishment of a rural junior doctor training innovation fund to deliver general practice rotations for junior doctors undertaking their internship in a rural area; and
- support for an additional 100 places on the Specialist Training Program, targeted specifically to rural areas.
The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund transferred to the Junior Doctor Training Program (Rural Primary Care Stream) – a key element of the Stronger Rural Health Strategy announced as part of the 2018-19 Budget, in which the Government committed $550 million investment to support improved rural health services over five years from 2018.
Under the Junior Doctor Training Program, the objectives of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund are to provide training to junior doctors in their 1st (intern) postgraduate year and now to expand training opportunities for 2nd postgraduate year junior doctors by:
- providing rurally based junior doctors with a training period in a rural primary care setting, building on the rural training networks that are funded by the states and territories
- developing rural training capacity by fostering innovative ways of training junior doctors in primary care settings
- strengthening the rural training pathway to improve training continuity within their region
The intended outcomes of the program are:
- improved retention of medical graduates and junior doctors in rural medical practice
- increased rural medical training capacity
- a contribution to the development of a rural pathway continuum for medical education and training in expanded settings by enhancing rural training networks.
The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund:
- targets organisations that can provide innovative pathways for rurally based junior doctors in their 1st (intern) year and now 2nd postgraduate years, to access a training rotation (between 8 to 12 weeks) in a rural primary care setting such as a general practice or an Aboriginal Medical Service.
- fosters the development of innovative rurally based junior doctors in their 1st (intern) and 2nd postgraduate year placements within the larger rural training networks for junior doctors. These networks are established within state and territory health systems and are being expanded by Commonwealth investment through supporting an additional 60 full-time equivalent (FTE) places annually, comprising around 240 accredited annual rotations for junior doctors into primary care settings (through RJDTIF Rounds 1-3).
A total of $5.440 million (GST exclusive) over three financial years is available for this grant opportunity.
The grant can only be used for the reasonable direct costs associated with delivering accredited intern rotations into primary care settings during the intern year. The accredited rotation(s) must be undertaken in a primary care setting, in ASGS-RA 2 to 5 locations by rural-based junior doctors.
Evidence will be required to support claims for funding. Costs that the grant can be used for may cover the following activities, either full, or in part:
- a contribution to provide interns with salary and conditions equivalent to those which exist in public hospitals in the relevant state or territory, whilst the junior doctor is working in the primary care setting;
- clinical supervision and support costs for the primary care setting;
- administration and education support and education materials linked to training in the primary care setting;
- reasonable travel and accommodation (including office accommodation in the primary care setting for interns doing rotations away from their principal internship base); and
- training infrastructure for the primary care setting (limited to minor essential items i.e. desk space, basic information technology, communications equipment).
The grant Activity (the primary care intern rotation) is anticipated to commence from January 2018 and be completed by end January 2021. Applicants should be aware that the department may enter into negotiations for a different number of places than is applied for, based on application numbers and value for money considerations.
To be eligible for RJDTIF, you must be the listed organisation; or alternatively, as the listed organisation, you wish to work in consortia to deliver the best outcomes under the program:
- Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
- Canberra Health Services
- Central Australia Health Service
- Country Health SA Local Health Network Incorporated
- Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
- Eastern Victoria GP Training Limited
- Ingham Family Medical Practice
- Ochre Health Pty Limited
- Mid North Coast Local Health District
- Murrumbidgee Local Health District
- Northern Territory of Australia (Top End Health Service)
- Pioneer Health (Tadj, David)
- Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (Queensland Section) Limited
- South West Healthcare
- Western NSW Local Health District
These organisations have been determined to have:
- knowledge of, and capability to deliver, the Junior Doctor Training Program – Rural Primary Care Stream (Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund) objectives and outcomes
- previous experience and capacity in delivering training specifically geared towards junior doctors and therefore well-placed to continue this work
- existing organisational infrastructure to support junior doctor training
- established networks with junior doctors that will be leveraged during the 2019 (second half) and 2020 academic years
- connections with key stakeholders and informants, demonstrating positive reputations developed within the junior doctor training sector
- established administrative arrangements that enable the delivery of junior doctor training administrative processes, junior doctors will benefit from a supportive training environment under the Junior Doctor Training Program – Rural Primary Care Stream (Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund)
- demonstrated the ability to deliver medical internships (junior doctors in their 1st postgraduate year) that meet the requirements of relevant intern training accreditation authorities.
Applications close 12 March 2019.