Early graduate funding provides payments to health services to contribute to the cost of supervision and on-the-job training in the first year for nursing, midwifery and allied health graduates, and the first two years for medical graduates. Some allied health students undertaking professional practice placements are also supported through this stream.
For further details regarding this funding stream refer to the Victorian health policy and funding guidelines.
Early graduates - allied health
Some allied health students undertaking professional practice placements are supported through the early graduate stream.
The aim of this stream of funding is to ensure that new allied health graduates make a positive transition into the public sector health workforce, and are encouraged to stay working within this sector.
The Training and Development (T&D) Grant currently supports education and training for positions to varying degrees, depending on the professional group and position.
To ensure a fairer and more comprehensive system of early allied health graduate support, the department has developed a revised funding model. From 1 July 2012, the allied health component of the Training and Development funding will be available to all health services employing early graduates (first year following graduation) in the following professions – Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry and Dietetics.
From 2013, the list of eligible professions has been expanded to include: orthoptics, optometry, audiology, orthotics and prosthetics, and exercise physiology.
Health services who have employed one or more graduates in any of the eligible professions are eligible to apply for funding support.
Health services interested in applying will need to download and complete the excel file below. Submission for 2012-13 is required by Monday 25 February 2013.
Please email the department at AHearlygraduates.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries regarding this funding.
Early graduates - medical
The Training and Development (T&D) Grant provides subsidies for prevocational medical positions in public hospitals and health services for postgraduate years one and two.
Positions have been targeted to areas and disciplines of high need. Clinical training has also been supported in an expanded range of settings, such as general practices and areas within hospitals that traditionally have not been used for clinical training of early medical graduates.
Postgraduate Medical Council of Victoria (PMCV)
All medical intern places in Victoria are accredited by the PMCV. The Department of Health also provides funding to the PMCV to improve the educational and training opportunities available to support the welfare and career development of doctors who have recently graduated or commenced work in the Victorian health system.
Prevocational Medical Education and Training (PMET)
The Department of Health provides funds for PMET in a number of health services. PMET funds can be used to employ medical education officers (MEOs) and others to support the provision of quality medical education and training for early medical graduates.
Prevocational General Practice Placements Program
The Department of Health’s T&D Grant is complemented by funds available under the Commonwealth Government's Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP). The PGPPP objective is to provide professional, well supervised and educational general practice placements for junior doctors as part of their training.
Early graduates - nursing and midwifery
Funding under the early graduate stream for nurses and midwives includes support for programs for graduates of Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, double degree (nursing/midwifery) and masters degrees leading to initial registration as a nurse or midwife.
Details of eligibility and reporting requirements for postgraduate nursing and midwifery funding are set out in the specific program guidelines available from Nursing in Victoria.