MEDICAL students and trainees seeking to study and work in Gippsland now have a direct line of sight as to where they can study, what specialty pathways are available, and the benefits of studying and working across hundreds of towns in southern regional Australia, thanks to a new website.

The Regional Medical Training website – regionalmedicaltraining.com.au – is a one-stop shop for investigating medical specialty training placements and study options across southern regional Australia.

Interested students and trainees can now read, listen to and watch stories of people enjoying studying and working across this wide and diverse region.

At the website’s virtual launch at the AMA Victoria’s 2021 Medical Careers Expo on Wednesday, April 28, regional specialists spoke about local pathways in surgery, intensive care, psychiatry, paediatrics, general practice, rural generalism, adult internal medicine, anaesthetics and the benefits available to trainees working in rural and regional towns.

Southern Regional Training Alliance Hub chair, Dr Phillip Steele was excited by the opportunities the Regional Medical Training website offered.

“For medical students and trainees wishing to investigate the wide range of specialty pathway study and work options available regionally, this site will be invaluable,” Dr Steele said.

“From Albury-Wodonga to Burnie, Mt Gambier to Traralgon, Wangaratta to Swan Hill and Warrnambool, accredited places for on-site studying and hands-on placements can be found, along with information on who to speak with to support you on the next step on your medical journey.”

An early advocate of regional medical training, Professor Brendan Crotty, previously executive dean at Deakin University’s Faculty of Health, said the website filled a significant information gap.

“This website brings to fruition a long-held vision of regional medical leaders and educators to showcase career opportunities and accredited training programs and placements available in some of southern regional Australia’s most diverse and interesting cities and towns,” Professor Crotty said.

“The new portal will enable medical trainees and students to see their futures mapped out by specialty training and learn about the wide variety of experiences available in regional communities.”

In addition to the 21 specialty training pathways showcased on the website, more will be added over the coming months, as well as an interactive map to support students and trainees so they may drill down even further into study and training areas of interest.