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GP training extended to Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations

Date posted: 4 October 2013

Doctors working in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) will now be eligible to undertake vocational training towards Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) via an extension to the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS).

The RVTS extension is an Australian Government initiative designed to deliver structured distance education and supervision to doctors already providing medical services within ACCHSs. Doctors will receive training over a three to four year period, while they continue to work in their health service.

Training will be delivered by distance education and remote supervision and will be specifically tailored to doctors working in Indigenous communities. The extension will deliver support to ACCHS's doctors so that they don't have to move to another community to access mainstream general practice training. 'The community gets to keep their doctor and the doctor receives the support they need to achieve Fellowship,' says RVTS Chief Executive Officer, Dr Pat Giddings. 'The community is the real winner.'

There will be ten training positions available nationally for commencement in February 2014

The program is supported by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).

Source: NACCHO Communique


Remote Vocational Training Scheme Ltd
PO Box 37
Albury NSW 2640
Ph: (02) 6057 3400
Fax: (02) 6041 5149


Last updated: 4 October 2013
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