Remote training helping to keep GPs in the bush

RURAL GP registrars are voting with their phones, not their feet, in support of a program that allows them to train for fellowship without leaving home.

The Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) provides GP registrar training via distance education to doctors who would otherwise have to move communities to train for fellowship. RVTS CEO Dr Patrick Giddings said the result of the program has been an improved quality of service and retention of doctors in some of the hardest to fill locations in Australia.

“We’re a small, niche program, but we have a significant impact on the more than 50 communities,” Dr Giddings said. 

“The doctor is connected to a nationwide support network that removes the sense of isolation and leads to improved health outcomes for patients.

“It’s a win-win for both doctor and community,” he said.

Rural registrars have shown unprecedented levels of interest in