Rural Training

Going to the country during your GP training is a great opportunity to experience what life in a rural practice can offer while building your skills.

Rural Training

We hear so many stories from registrars who try a rural GP term and end up loving it so much, they stay on and work in the community once Fellowed.  

Registrars choose to go rural for a variety of reasons. Some of the benefits you may experience include:

  • greater procedural exposure
  • making a difference to communities in need of GPs
  • opportunities to develop additional skill sets 
  • exposure to a great variety of clinical cases 
  • experiencing a new environment
  • strong support network between fellow registrars
  • being part of a small and close-knit community
  • the opportunity to 'try before you buy' for just a six-month term
  • rural incentives
  • support networks available for the whole family, including partners and kids.

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Supporting our rural registrars

All rural placement are well-supported:

  • education specific to your location
  • educators with rural experience
  • online education and exam support
  • government incentives
  • procedural skills training opportunities
  • mentoring programs – anaesthetics & obstetrics.
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Financial support

There are a number of subsidies and incentives available to help support and encourage you to go rural, including:

  • funded travel to attend WAGPET workshops
  • rural support payment
  • government incentives.

For further details, please refer to the Rural Support Payments Policy in the GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

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