Both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments offer funding to expand and support medical specialist training.
Medical specialist training programs available in Victoria include the following:
Victorian Medical Specialist Training
The Victorian Government continues its investment in medical specialist training through the Victorian Medical Specialist Training program. The program provides support for health services to increase the number of accredited specialist training positions in public hospitals and build the capacity of the specialist medical workforce throughout Victoria.
Information regarding the 2017-18 program is available in the Victorian Medical Specialist Training program information sheet available in the downloads section.
Applications for the Victorian Medical Specialist Training program are coordinated by health services.
For further information regarding the program, please see the relevant health service contact or contact the Medical Workforce Unit within the Department of Health & Human Services.
The Victorian Paediatric Training Program
The Victorian Paediatric Training Program (VPTP) was established to support a statewide basic paediatric training program that aligns tertiary teaching hospitals with outer metropolitan and regional paediatric service providers. Under the VPTP the department supports a 3 year paediatric training program comprising of the Junior Resident Medical Officer (JRMO) year followed by the Senior Resident Medical Officer (SRMO) year, and finally the Registrar year.
Sixteen public health services receive funding for paediatric trainee posts under the auspice of the VPTP. This includes Western, Northern, Eastern, Peninsula and Monash health services. Regional locations funded, include Ballarat, Barwon, Bendigo Gippsland, Mildura and Shepparton.
Basic Physician Training Consortia
The Basic Physician Training (BPT) Consortia were established in 2006. The training consortia model links inner-metropolitan hospitals with outer-metropolitan and rural hospitals in order to coordinate the training, recruitment and rotation of basic physician trainees across member health services.
The five consortia are:
- Bayside-Peninsula Consortium
- Central North West Consortium
- Compass Six
- Greater South Eastern Consortium
- Greater Western Basic Physician Training Consortium
Specialist Training Program
The Commonwealth Specialist Training Program (STP) provides support to enable medical specialist trainees to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals.
Further information on the STP is available from the Commonwealth Department of Health.
Reviewed 09 September 2015