$300k up for grabs to fund rural teaching

Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash, has urged rural general practices to apply for the grants in an effort to enhance the training of doctors, GP registrars and medical students in rural settings.

“Opportunities for medical students and registrars to experience rural and remote practice will help foster interest in careers in these areas, boosting the regional and rural health workforce,” Senator Nash said.

The government has committed $52.5 million to the Rural and Remote Teaching Infrastructure Grants program with an ‘Invitation to Apply’ now available on the Department of Health’s website.

“The practices use the money to provide additional rooms for the students to see patients in, lecture space, library resources, which includes a lot of online computer-based teaching within the practice,” President of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia Dennis Pashen said.

Dr Pashen

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