Welcome

Professor Stuart CarneyDeputy Executive Dean & Medical Dean of Faculty of Medicine
Professor Stuart Carney

Welcome to The University of Queensland’s Regional Training Hubs.  The Regional Training Hubs are part of a group of initiatives introduced by the Australian Government to address medical workforce mal-distribution and are one of three components of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine (IRTP). The IRTP aims to create a sustainable future medical workforce in remote, regional and rural Australia by providing greater opportunities for medical graduates interested in rural careers.

I am delighted to introduce the three Regional Training Hubs established by UQ. Collectively across our footprint and at a state-wide level, we strive to address the development of medical training capacity by working closely with our key partners and stakeholders to support vocational training and re-engineer training pathways that are regionally focussed thereby improving the training pipeline into rural practice.

We also strive to address shortages in access to medical education and training within remote, rural and regional Australia to enhance medical training opportunities within the regions through strengthening existing and developing new connections with key stakeholders. 

Medical students and junior doctors on the training continuum will benefit from our initiatives and by promoting the value proposition for staying regional and rural through a number of mediums and communication channels, our work will ultimately advance medical care in Australia, responsive to the health needs of rural and regional Queensland communities.

About Us

In 2017, 26 Regional Training Hubs were established across Australia, with 8 located in Queensland.  Of the 8 Queensland Regional Training Hubs, UQ administers three.  

Each of UQs Regional Training Hubs have a highly skilled team of academic, project and administrative staff who live and work within our geographical footprint. Teams have been established to help create coherent and connected rural career pathways for our junior doctors and bring a collective knowledge, understanding and expertise for what it means to live and work in a rural environment.  A dedicated UQ Regional Training Hub Research Team works to assist sustaining rural doctors through increased rural research opportunities and advancing the evidence base to improve the training pipeline into rural practice.  

We are committed to growing the number of regionally based pathways and accredited posts and improving the retention of medical graduates to remote, rural and regional areas.  

UQ’s Regional Training Hubs geographically align with 4 of Queensland’s 16 Hospital and Health Services (HHS): Central Queensland HHS, Wide Bay HHS, Darling Downs HHS and South West HHS and along with private hospitals, Queensland Rural Medical Service and Regional Training Organisations in Queensland, are our key partners in achieving our objectives.  

UQ’s Regional Training Hubs have established relationships and also work closely with a number of key stakeholders through our governance structure which includes membership on the UQ Regional Training Hub Board.  In recognition that the three regions are geographically different with different workforce and community needs, each Regional Training Hub operates a Local Advisory Group and an Indigenous Community Engagement Reference Group to oversee local strategies and solutions.    

UQ also demonstrates a strong commitment to working collaboratively with our Queensland based colleagues James Cook University and Queensland Rural Medical Service who each co-chair the Regional and Rural Medical Training State Form. The State Forum promotes and facilitates an effective state-wide network in Queensland with the aim of maximising efficiencies, reducing duplication of work and ensuring linkages with the State Department of Health’s Health Workforce Plan.  

Objectives

We are dedicated to achieving the objectives of the Regional Training Hubs, as set by the Australian Government Department of Health, which are to:

  • Improve the coordination of the stages of medical training to enable students intending to practise rurally to complete as much of their medical training as possible within regional and rural areas
  • Identify medical students with an interest in practising rurally and facilitate access to networked rural training opportunities at an early stage in their careers
  • Develop regional training capacity by supporting current supervisors of clinical training; assisting health services in obtaining accreditation for new training positions; and supporting local medical practitioners to become clinical supervisors
  • Strengthen existing, and develop new, connections with key stakeholders to improve the continuity of training for medical students/trainees within our region
  • Identify regional medical workforce needs and use this information to prioritise our activity

Current Initiatives – how we can help you

Supporting rural intent to become a reality“We are here to help you map your rural career pathway”.

We are here to improve the coordination of the stages of medical training, so that medical students and medical trainees who want to practise rurally or regionally, can complete as much of their training as possible in rural and regional Queensland. 

Below is a snapshot of our current activity and initiatives.  For further session information or registration processes for upcoming events, refer to the See our events tab, or contact the individual Regional Training Hub project teams in Southern Queensland, Wide Bay, or Central Queensland.

We can assist medical students, junior doctors and registrars by:

  • Identifying rural career pathways and providing support.
  • Helping new graduates navigate the often complex postgraduate training system.
  • Understanding local workforce and training options.
  • Supporting you with access to mentoring programs tailored specifically to the individual.  Our programs address the needs of junior doctors who are new to rural practice, facilitate social support, and link them to the communities in which they reside.  
  • Supporting current supervisors of clinical training and supporting local medical practitioners to become clinical supervisors.
  • Delivering medical education and training events to enhance professional development, skills advancement and networking opportunities where required, allowing rural and regional doctors access to the same opportunities as their metropolitan counterparts.  We have developed and/or delivered the following initiatives:
    • Rural Context Training Program, a 6 session program currently being piloted with Integrated Rural Training Pipeline- Specialist Training Program (IRTP-STP) candidates and doctors doing Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund (RJDTIF) rotations.   
    • Promoted the Regional Training Hubs and our role at Intern Orientation Week and RMO Orientation. 
    • Regional Specialist Career Pathways Information events.
    • Educational Zoom Meetings – additional remote support is offered to reinforce connectivity as a reality for modern rural career choices via monthly 1-hour interactive webinar style meetings which aim to provide a vertically integrated learning environment and accelerated learning experiences in the rural and remote context.   
    • Cultural Mentorship Program for medical students.
    • Intern Information Sessions for 4thyear medical students.
  • Providing opportunities to experience and realise the true benefits of living and working regionally and rurally.   Examples include:
    • Welcome events for new medical students and doctors to the regions.
  • Identifying rural research opportunities for medical students and trainees. Example includes:
    • Delivering “Bringing Research back to Emerald”.

Additionally, we are:

  • Expanding existing Rural Clinical School high-school engagement programs regionally to inspire and promote rural medical careers:
    • Being a Doctor Program in Theodore, Gladstone and Emerald.
    • Aspire2 Program in Roma. 
  • Promoting the role of UQ Regional Training Hubs via conference presentations and conference exhibits at relevant rural and research conferences.
  • Providing access to advanced technologies, equipment and training spaces for superior medical education and training.

We are here to value-add to the work of our key partners, Hospital and Health Services.  We can assist by:

  • Mapping and tracking position data across the training continuum.
  • Analysing current and future generalist and specialist training capacity within the region, assisting with the identification of gaps and strategies to build training capacity.
  • Mapping and promoting suggested training pathways which maximise time trainees spend regionally.
  • Identifying strategies and actions to address local barriers to increasing accreditation and training capacity.
  • Assisting in the accreditation process for new training posts.
  • Identifying and assisting with relevant funding opportunities.

Map your rural career pathway (Quick Reference Guides)

One Footprint…..many paths

To help medical students, new graduates and trainees to make career choices and navigate the often complex vocational training pathways for generalist and specialist training at an early stage of their careers, UQ Regional Training Hubs have produced Quick Reference Guides.  We have worked closely with our key partners across both public and private health sectors to enable you to complete maximum accredited training time in a regional, rural or remote setting.  

The Quick Reference Guides for Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Southern Queensland will assist you with navigating:

  • Entry requirements/pre-requisites for different specialties.
  • The application and selection process for different specialties.
  • Individual training requirements of the Colleges who structure training curriculum and assess your training.
  • The training pathway and stages that different facilities are accredited for across our entire UQ Regional Training Hub footprint.
  • The available accredited training positions across our entire UQ Regional Training Hub footprint.
  • Useful contacts and links related to different specialties.

We have designed example pathways and example networked pathways by geographic region to demonstrate where you can do the majority of your training, if not all, in regional, rural and/or remote Queensland. 

Are you looking to train in Central Queensland, Wide Bay or Southern Queensland?

View and download our Specialty Quick Reference Guides below.

Central Queensland Wide Bay Southern Queensland
Anaesthesia Adult Internal Medicine Anaesthesia
Emergency Medicine Anaesthesia Emergency Medicine
General Paediatrics Emergency Medicine General Paediatrics
General Surgery General Paediatrics General Surgery
Intensive Care Medicine General Practice Intensive Care Medicine
Psychiatry General Surgery Psychiatry
  Intensive Care Medicine  
  Obstetrics & Gynaecology  
  Psychiatry  

Contact Us

Professor Sarah Strasser
Head, Rural Clinical School
s.strasser@uq.edu.au

Ms Debbie Croyden
Regional Training Hub Project Manager
d.croyden@uq.edu.au
+61 7 3365 5455