Plan to overhaul rural training plan

STUDENTS fear the popular John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) is doomed, with funding only guaranteed until December and the Department of Health consulting on its future.

Medical Observer can reveal a secret government plan that would strip the program from ACRRM and divide it between Australia’s 17 university-run Rural Clinical Schools as part of a larger rural training consolidation push.

The plan has been criticised by students, rural doctors and now the schools themselves.

Splitting the JFPP and giving it to universities would defeat its purpose