Rural health


Regional and Rural Workforce Planning

Solving the regional and rural workforce problem requires different policies for different career stages.


Prevocational years

The prevocational years present a unique opportunity to invest in the development of doctors-in-training that want to work in regional and rural Victoria.  

The Victorian Government is responsible through the Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria and public hospitals for the appropriate training and funding of prevocational positions. 

The challenge is to grow sufficient prevocational positions in rural and regional centres to meet workforce demand.  Prevocational doctors-in-training in regional and rural Victoria need well-rounded, quality and supported training pathways in the fields of paediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, anaesthetics, emergency medicine, mental health and general practice that can be completed within their geographic region of choice 

Pre-vocational pathways into general practice lack clarity, principally because this pathway requires a mixed training experience including training ‘on premises’ in a GP’s consulting rooms. 

New training pathways need to be underpinned by an investment in novel training places, including in under-served areas and smaller GP led rural hospitals.  In addition, these new training places will require support from primary care for both facility and teaching infrastructure. 

AMA Victoria calls on the Victorian State Government to:



The Federal Government has funded regional training hubs to create regional training pathways.  These hubs promote the development of regional, not metropolitan-based training programs.  Better co-ordination is now needed between the Federal and state governments to turn this into a practical reality and develop training networks in the specialities and geographic areas needed in rural and regional Victoria.  This will require what has been called “a reversing of the training polarity” or “metropolitan in-reach training” - the provision of rotational training positions by metropolitan centres for registrars who are regionally based.  Achieving this is critical for the successful development of the regional and rural medical workforce by allowing doctors committed to regional practice to keep their regional and rural base.

AMA Victoria calls on the Victorian State Government to:


Independent Practitioners (GPs and consultants)

AMA Victoria calls on the Victorian State Government to:

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