The Australian government recognises the high standard of Australian medical schools programs, which are accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and approved by the Medical Board of Australia as programs leading to registration to practise in Australia.

The Government aims to work with the university sector to establish a redistribution pool mechanism that provides a genuine opportunity every three years for universities to respond to emerging medical workforce needs with innovative approaches that are supported by additional places from a transparent and fair redistribution process.

The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program administered by the Department of Health provides Commonwealth funding to operate rural clinical schools (RCSs). These RCSs aim to increase rural training and the recruitment of students with rural backgrounds, to address rural health workforce needs.

In implementing the pool, the Government’s intent is that any redistribution will not undermine its policy goal of increasing the total number of medical graduates trained outside major cities or supporting long periods of training in rural areas, whether through the RHMT program, the MDMSN initiative, or investment in human resources and infrastructure in rural areas as part of these initiatives.

This discussion paper invites sector feedback on three proposed options for managing the initial redistribution process.

The consultation process will also invite sector input to establish specific policy criteria/parameters for the redistribution process. These policy parameters will help universities develop proposals seeking places from the pool and will be used with the Assessment Framework to evaluate proposals.

Submissions close 5pm Friday 25 October 2019.

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