Up to $18.6M is available from RJDTIF for rural based junior doctors to access an accredited intern rotation in a rural primary care setting.
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 Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) for Medicine measure was announced on 15 December 2015 in the 2015-16 Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook. This initiative will 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 the 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.
This grant program relates to the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) component of the IRTP. This grant is targeting organisations that can provide innovative pathways for rural based junior doctors (Post Graduate Year 1) to access an accredited intern rotation (between 8 to 12 weeks) in a rural primary care setting; such as a General Practice or an Aboriginal Medical Service.
The objectives of the RJDTIF component of the IRTP are to:
- provide rural-based junior doctors with a training period in a rural primary care setting, building on the rural training networks for interns that are funded by the states and territories;
- develop rural training capacity by fostering innovative ways of training junior doctors in primary care settings; and
- strengthen the rural training pathway to improve continuity of training for junior doctors within their region.
The intended outcomes of the RJDTIF component of the IRTP are:
- improved retention of medical graduates and junior doctors in rural medical practice;
- increased rural medical training capacity; and
- contributing to the development of a rural pathway continuum for medical education and training in expanded settings by enhancing rural training networks.
Up to $18.6 million is available to support rural primary care placements for interns under the second round of the RJDTIF.
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.
Applications that do not satisfy all eligibility criteria will not be further assessed.
To participate in the RJDTIF, applicants must be able to deliver independently, or in partnership, accredited medical internships for junior doctors substantially based in ASGS-RA 2 to 5 locations including at least one rotation in a rural primary care setting that meet the Medical Board of Australia’s registration standard; Granting general registration as a medical practitioner to Australian and New Zealand medical graduates on completion of intern training.
To be eligible applicants must:
- Demonstrate that places will be accredited medical internship training in ASGS-RA 2 to 5 locations for each training site for the duration of the funding period or have the capacity and means to attain this prior to commencement of training if successful. Applicants must provide written evidence in the application, of communication with the intern training accreditation authority (body accredited by the Australian Medical Council) to confirm (1) current accreditation status; (2) current application to attain accreditation; or (3) planning for an application to attain accreditation. Accreditation must be in place and confirmed with the department prior to the commencement of training and active / current throughout the life of the granting period.
- Have an agreement to ensure at least one accredited intern rotation into a primary care setting located in an ASGS-RA 2 to 5 location for each rural-based junior doctor. A letter signed by an authorised representative from each participating organisation confirming agreement for the arrangement, including payments to be made between parties is required as evidence at the time of application.
- Provide a letter of support from your state or territory government at the time of application. The letter of support will provide an opportunity for states and territories to provide feedback to the department on the merits of the proposed activity in terms of how it fits in with existing junior doctor training programs, workforce needs and health delivery planning priorities in the proposed region as well as avoid duplication of activities.
The following types of legal entities may be eligible for funding:
- incorporated association incorporated under Australian state/territory legislation;
- incorporated cooperative incorporated under Australian state/territory legislation;
- organisation established through specific Commonwealth or state/territory legislation;
- company incorporated under Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth of Australia);
- a sole trading General Practitioner;
- a registered charity or not for profit organisation;
- an Australian local government body; and
- an Australian state/territory government body.
Consortium arrangements are encouraged as per Section 8.5. Applicants are not required to have had prior funding from the Commonwealth.
Applications close 14 December 2017.