Applicants must meet the following criteria:
a) Rural General Practitioners
This program is available to all General Practitioners wanting to acquire or maintain procedural skills for use in rural NSW.
It is recognised that General Practitioners undertaking procedural training are most likely to have established practices therefore training may be flexible to allow continuation of part time work in the practice. The procedural training specialty should be appropriate to the service needs of the community in which they intend to practice.
b) Vocationally registered GPs proposing to take up rural practice
Recruiting doctors from this group to the program will assist in addressing rural General Practice workforce shortages.
c) Conditionally registered Overseas Trained Doctors currently working in Area of Need Positions
The program is available to permanent resident overseas trained doctors who are currently working in an Area of Need position in NSW and have the support of their employer.
To ensure that applications for training match the service needs of the community; a letter of support from the employer will be required to ensure eligibility for the Program. The Area of Need position will require modification to incorporate the proposed training, and an application made to AHPRA to approve an extension of conditional registration to include the training position.
Permanent resident overseas trained doctors who have their FRACGP and are designated by the Medical Board of NSW "to work specifically as a specialist in general practice" may also be considered for entry into the Program.
d) Doctors who are residing in or are prepared to reside and practice as a General Practitioner in rural NSW.