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A rural career

Working rurally provides you with a broad and fulfilling training experience. We offer placements in many rural communities across Victoria, including the large regional cities — Warrnambool, Mildura, Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Greater Shepparton and Albury Wodonga — and a host of smaller townships, including coastal locations.

Living and working rurally gives you the chance to develop skills in a range of special interest areas such as obstetrics, anesthetics and emergency care. Consider becoming a rural generalist and give back to the community by providing essential healthcare in rural, regional and remote areas.

Read about our accredited training practices, where we detail the different clinical and procedural training opportunities.

Many trainees find their ideal training post is in a rural area where they can develop their skills, treating a broad range of ages and medical needs. Rural placement may allow you admission rights to the local hospital, providing inpatient or after hours care in the emergency department – experiencing true life and death situations and offering patients cradle-to-grave medicine and continuity of care.

Find out more about becoming a rural GP through the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program.

Above: GP registrar Dr Laura Nield explains why she loves working in general practice in Mildura.

Rural podcasts – rural community connections

Listen to Dr Angela Stratton on Medfem – the University of Melbourne’s medical student podcast aimed at amplifying the voices of inspirational females in medicine.

Angela is an Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) GP and the Statewide Clinical Lead for the Victorian Rural Generalist Program (VRGP); hear her talk about why she loves being a GP and the genuine connections you make in rural communities plus how she grew as a clinician by choosing general practice as her specialty.

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