In Practice: Rural Training Grants for General Practitioners



Eligible GPs can improve their skills in procedural and emergency medicine through the Rural Procedural Grants program.

General practitioners who provide full-time or locum procedural or emergency medicine services without supervision in a rural hospital may apply for RPGP.

This week’s roundup also includes the first of the new Emerging Minds webinar series, how to get involved in this year’s Foundation grants, and the upcoming Close the Gap day.

Training grants for rural general practitioners
The Ministry of Health Rural Procedural Grant Program (RPGP) is administered by the RACGP to provide financial assistance to general practitioners who provide procedural and/or emergency medicine services in unsupervised settings in rural and remote areas.

Funding is available to help GPs access relevant educational activities to maintain or update their skills in procedural and/or emergency medicine.

To apply, GPs must currently provide unsupervised procedural or emergency medical services in a rural hospital located in MMM health personnel area 3–7.

Eligibility to participate in the RPGP is for those accredited in:


  • anesthetics
  • obstetrics (intrapartum)
  • surgery (abdominal, gynecological, endoscopic or orthopedic)
  • emergency medicine.

These services must be provided without supervision on a regular basis in a rural hospital, either full-time or on a locum basis. Locums who provide emergency or procedural services for a minimum of 28 days per fiscal year in a rural area may also be eligible.

Procedural Grants for Anesthesia, Obstetrics and Surgery:

  • $2,000 per day for a maximum of 10 days of face-to-face training per fiscal year
  • $1000 per day for up to 10 days of online training until June 30, 2022

Emergency Grants for Emergency Medicine (including Emergency Mental Health):

  • $2,000 per day for up to three days of face-to-face training per fiscal year
  • $1,000 per day for up to three days of online training through June 30, 2022
  • Three additional days per fiscal year for emergency mental health training

More information and registration available on the RACGP website.

Emerging Minds Webinar Series

Webinar: Thursday, March 31, 7:00−8:30 p.m. (AEDT)

The first in the Emerging Minds series – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Connecting with Children and Families – attracts three CPD points.

General practitioners play a crucial role in the mental health and well-being of infants and young children. Based on a practice-oriented case study, this webinar will explore key concepts and evidence in infant and early childhood mental health, and the importance of using a child and family-centered approach. .

The practical skills required to engage and connect effectively with young children and their families, and related practice challenges will also be discussed. Panelists will also respond to practical challenges raised by webinar participants.

Presented by Emerging minds and RACGP Specific interests Child and adolescent health.

Register online.

RACGP’s Domestic Violence General Practitioner Education Program helps GPs develop skills and knowledge to respond to domestic and family violence, to ensure that practice staff better support victims and survivors and understands what it means to be an information sharing entity.

Open to all GPs and practice staff in Victoria, the program will inspire networking with like-minded professionals to share, discuss and develop knowledge about domestic violence through peer group learning activities.

The program offers two training path options – beginner and intermediate/advanced.

Register online.

Foundation Grants 2022
For more than 60 years, the RACGP Foundation Grants and Scholarships encouraged general medical researchers to build an evidence base and discover new ideas and solutions to improve primary healthcare for all Australians.

GPs and GPs-in-training can now apply for the 2022 Grants Scheme, which offers the opportunity to join a long list of outstanding researchers whose significant work has influenced Australian healthcare.

Applications close May 2.

Further information and applications are available on the RACGP Foundation website.

Introduction to Sexual and Reproductive Health
Webinar: Thursday, March 10, 7:00−8:30 p.m. (AEDT)

The Australian Government has identified improving knowledge and awareness of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among healthcare professionals as a key national health priority.

However, GPs have identified several challenges in being sure to provide sexual and reproductive health consultations to their patients.

This webinar provides an overview of sexual and reproductive health care in general practice, covering sexual health, sexual history, STI screening and contraception.

Register online.

Digital Health On-Demand Webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a rapid increase in the use of technology to enable continuity of care.

Delivered in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency, this webinar offers GPs the opportunity to build their digital capabilities to ensure the seamless delivery of care, as physical and digital consultations are delivered seamlessly as a feature essential to general medicine.

The webinar attracts two CPD points and will cover:

  • communication tools – secure electronic communications, email
  • business tools – website, online bookings, social media, privacy and security
  • clinical tools – telehealth, My Health Record, eRequesting, electronic prescription, applications
  • digital health issues
  • planning for a digital health future.

Register online.

National Close the Gap Day
National Close the Gap Day is a day of action for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity. The RACGP encourages its members to stand with Indigenous leaders for health and justice by getting involved on March 17.

GPs can get involved in a number of ways this year, such as organizing and running a National Close the Gap Day activity, which will play a vital role in helping to champion health equality.

Photos and stories of activities are encouraged to be shared with the RACGP on social media, alongside the hashtags #ClosetheGap #ClosetheGapDay.

General practitioners can also intervene by signing Close the Gap Engagement and spread the word to friends, family and colleagues to ensure that as many Australians as possible can be part of the generation closing the gap.

More resources and information are available at ANTaR website.

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