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.
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.
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.
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.Read more