Joint Media Release with Assistant Minister for Health The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
The Federal Coalition Government is delivering more doctors in training for the Northern Territory by expanding opportunities to work in primary care settings, under the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF).
As part of the $13.6 million first round of the RJDTIF, the Top End Health Service will be provided with funding of $981,945 while Central Australia Health Service will receive $933,387 to increase intern rotations throughout the Northern Territory.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed the announcement and said the initiative was an important step forward in boosting the number of rural doctors in the Territory.
“This funding will provide 54 rotations spread across the Grove District Hospital in Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek Hospital, which is the equivalent of four full time positions,” Senator Scullion said.
“This funding will assist our junior doctors to live, work and study locally in the bush. We want to recruit and retain young doctors, and this program will help them experience life as a local doctor.”
Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie said 11 organisations would be funded to provide 121 training rotations in rural locations, which is the equivalent to 26 full time positions.
“This program will help address the gap in the rural training pathway for new medical graduates and support interns based in rural areas by providing rotations in general practice,” Minister Gillespie said.
“The Federal Coalition Government is committed to training the next generation of rural doctors, and this program is among a number of major initiatives to improve access to health professionals for everyone who calls regional, rural and remote Australia home.”
The RJDTIF strengthens the regional training hubs component of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine, which coordinates training in rural medicine, meaning increased retention of graduates in rural areas.
The funding will be used for clinical supervision, education and training materials, travel and accommodation expenses, and covering the salary of the junior doctor while they are in a primary care setting.
Minister Gillespie congratulated Senator Scullion on his strong advocacy of The Coalition’s health agenda.
“Nigel has been a strong supporter of our efforts to expand doctor training in regional areas, and I’m delighted that the Northern Territory will benefit from this program” Minister Gillespie said.
More details about the RJDTIF are on the Department of Health website.