GVRTH plays a key role in bringing together all the stakeholders involved in specialist training in the region.
GVRTH is enabling students, interns and trainees to easily access information about training in the region, working to increase the number of funded training positions in the region, building a mentoring program to support medical students, interns and junior doctors in the region linking them to social and professional support and working with all health services in our region to improve the access to teaching and learning for junior doctors based in our region.
GVRTH is supporting our health services partners to achieve their strategic objectives to improve supervision, feedback and communication skills of their senior medical staff and working with experts in the field of medical education and learning technologies to develop a training packages which will be available to our health services partners.
Are needed to address workforce distribution issues in rural Australia and accommodate the increased number of medical graduates.
We believe that ultimately the specialist training model needs to be flipped so that rural hospitals are the base for training with trainees being rotated out to metro hospitals for the last year of their advanced training. This ensures that those who want to build their career rurally get a great hands on experience and can build relationships, and also improves access to health services for rural populations.
In Victoria and Tasmania there is currently no one-stop-shop where health workforce managers and trainees can search for and compare rural specialist training opportunities. Trying to find information on specialist training posts from the trainee perspective is very complex and confusing. This makes it harder to retain good junior doctors with an interest in rural practice.
The Goulburn Valley Regional Training Hub, in collaboration with the regional training Hubs in Victoria and Tasmania, is currently in the process of building a digital product which aims to help improve the processes for students, junior doctors and health services, around searching for medical training posts in rural areas. It is envisaged that the product will help students and trainees to better plan their rural training journeys, and as several interns put it “help relieve a lot of stress”. The product will also help health services to build pathways that attract and retain trainees in rural areas longer. This will also help inform the development of health workforce policies at the state and commonwealth level.