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Rural and remote training and development

People working in rural and remote areas have specific needs, and we offer a range of training and development options to support our rural and remote health workers.  Some programs are offered through the department’s registered training organisation, the Cunningham Centre. Others are run through national programs and external professional and industry bodies.

Medical

Cunningham Centre

The Cunningham Centre provides education, training and support to medical officers across Queensland through a variety of initiatives and educational programs, including the Rural Generalist Pathway. Find out more about the Cunningham Centre's medical education and training programs

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is a peak professional association for rural medical education and training in Australia. ACRRM's core function is to determine and uphold the standards that define and govern competent unsupervised rural and remote medical practice. It is committed to providing sound training and continuing medical education.

A doctor awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) has access to Medicare benefits and is eligible to receive higher remuneration.  Continuing professional development is available to rural doctors through the ACRRM Professional Development Program that includes Rural and Remote Medical Education Online (RRMEO).

The Rural Health and Continuing Education (RHCE) - Stream One

The Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program is an Australian Government initiative to support health care professionals in rural and remote Australia by increasing access to continuing professional development . RHCE is split into two streams, and Stream One supports medical specialists, with the exception of general practitioners.

Find out more about the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program  - Stream One

Nursing

Find out about continuing professional development grants provided via the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program  - Stream Two

Cunningham Centre

The Cunningham Centre delivers courses to support nursing and midwifery practice in rural and remote areas across Queensland. Find out more about the Cunningham Centre's nursing education and training programs.

Allied health

Find out about continuing professional development grants provided via the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program - Stream Two

Cunningham Centre

The Cunningham Centre provides a number of education and support programs for allied health professionals and allied health assistants. Find out more about the Cunningham Centre's allied health education and training programs

Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH)

Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) is an organisation that provides advocacy, support and professional development services Allied Health professionals working in rural and remote locations across Australia. Among other training and resources, they provide an interactive rural and remote transition toolkit to support allied health professionals transitioning to rural and remote practice.

The Rural Health and Continuing Education (RHCE) - Stream Two

The Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program is an Australian Government initiative to support health care professionals in rural and remote Australia by increasing access to continuing professional development. RHCE is split into two streams, and Stream Two provides continuing professional development grants for :

  • allied health professionals
  • nurses
  • general practitioners
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health workers in rural areas

Find out about the Rural Health Continuing Education (RHCE) Program - Stream Two

Last updated: 1 June 2017

Rural and remote practise

Find out about the benefits of rural practise, and other incentives and programs that support our rural and remote health workers.

The Nursing and Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS)

The Nursing & Allied Health Rural Locum Scheme (NAHRLS) supports nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia to get away to do the professional development training they need to continue their vital work. The scheme finds a suitable locum for the period you are away and covers the associated costs of the locum's accommodation, travel, meals and daily allowances. Organisations pay the base locum rate.

The Rural Doctors Upskilling Program (RDUP)

Provides funding for rural General Practitioners and Rural Generalists to access training positions within Queensland pubic hospital to maintain their advanced specialised, rural or special interest skills.

The application period for the RDUP runs from 12 June 2017 to 17 July 2017. Interested parties who wish to apply should email their application form and relevant documentation to OCMO-RDUP@health.qld.gov.au