Bursaries encourage Doctors to practice in remote areas

MDA National, in partnership with the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), is offering 7x bursaries to prevocational doctors to develop their practice and contribute to better health outcomes for our remote communities in rural areas across Australia. Applications close on 30 June 2024 and bursaries may be offered before the closing date. Sponsored by MDA, the Destination Rural Bursary for junior doctors is delivered on a rolling basis.

The program provides $1500AUD per bursary in financial support for a rural clinical placement, attendance at a rural health conference (including the Rural Medicine Australia 2024 conference) or attendance at a skills workshop in a rural town. The Bursary also includes support for travel, accommodation and other expenses.

To be suitable for selection, applicants must be in their intern or post grad years of medicine and demonstrate an interest in rural medical practice and written references from clinical and community referees.

A recipient of the Bursary in 2019, Dr Jean Pepperil believes this initiative is a good example of how organisations can give someone the support and opportunity to go remote and help change the face of rural medicine. “I think it is one of those kinds of experiences that makes you realise that what you are doing is the right thing”, she stated.

Partnership - MDA National is a major sponsor of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), continuing to provide advocacy and support for our Members who service rural and remote communities, and enhance the quality and frequency of medico-legal education for Australia’s rural and remote doctors.