Victorian Rural Generalist Program (VRGP)

Live and work in one of the

most beautiful regions of Australia.

The Victorian Rural Generalist Program is a state-wide end-to-end Rural Generalist training program that allows the future Rural Generalist workforce to train, work and live in rural and regional Victoria. In addition to providing a diverse and rewarding training experience, the long-term objective of the VRGP is to increase the employment of Rural Generalists in rural health services and communities across Victoria.

“A Rural Generalist is a medical practitioner who is trained to meet the specific current and future healthcare needs of Australian rural and remote communities, in a sustainable and cost-effective way, by providing both comprehensive general practice and emergency care and required components of other medical specialist care in hospital and community settings as part of a rural healthcare team.” (The Collingrove Agreement, January 2018)

The VRGP offers trainees a defined and supported training pathway from intern to Fellowship, in the region of their choice.

The VRGP has five Regional Coordinators located in rural Victoria. The Regional Coordinators assist trainees to navigate their training pathway and provide career support throughout their training journey and into employment as a Rural Generalist

For more information reach out to BRHS’ RG1 Gippsland Program Manager, Sam Scott, on 5150 3448, or

Rural Generalist Year 1 (RG1) Program

The Rural Generalist Year 1 (RG1) Program offers core rotations in a rural or regional health services and non-core rotations to General Practice or community health setting. The RG1 program provides a great introduction to a Rural Generalist career by providing training in both a health service and primary care setting while working along-side and being mentored by Rural Generalists. 

To apply for RG1 positions, RG1 trainees should:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to a career as a Rural Generalist
  • Identify why you aspire to become a Rural Generalist
  • Ouline your understanding of Rural Generalist training requirements
  • Provide an outline of your Rural Generalist career pathway

Photo courtesy Visit Victoria.

The Gippsland Rural Generalist

About the Region

The Gippsland region boasts a stunning natural environment, mild climate and easy lifestyle. It’s a region endowed with lazy rivers, brisk high-country, wild beaches and of course the Gippsland Lakes.

Cafes, galleries, theatres, fine wine, fabulous food, indigenous art, wild walks and weekend markets are many. You can find them lakeside, beachside, off the beaten track or in the relative hubbub of town.

For those who enjoy an adventure Gippsland has much to offer with rail trails, cycling, kayaking, sailing, hiking, paddle boarding, fishing, skiing and snowboarding all at your doorstep.

You will become part of the community, meet friends and experience new passions that will change what you value most.

The joy of rural life and generalist medicine – where you can make your own adventure!

Our Program

The Victorian Rural Generalist Gippsland Program is a joined up, innovative and collaborative approach to rural medical training.

The program offers an ideal opportunity to experience life as a rural generalist. As part of a smaller team, trainees are not just a number – they are known, respected and advocated for by supervisors and support staff alike. The local VRGP team work closely with trainees to case manage and plan their journey to meet the health needs of rural communities through priority access to advanced skills training and education.

Designed and delivered cooperatively by our regional health partners and rural generalists, the program offers a tailored and flexible training experience in one of the most beautiful regions of Victoria.

The Gippsland Rural Generalist program offers:

  • comprehensive group orientation to rural generalism, Gippsland and being a doctor
  • opportunities for hands on activity (as opposed to just watching)
  • individualised learning and support
  • frequent and direct access to rural generalists, supervisors, specialists and consultants
  • an integrated approach to the achievement of competencies and experience
  • great exposure to procedural work
  • dedicated teaching time (one-on-one formal teaching, group education, simulation and self-directed)
  • teaching on the run
  • parallel consulting during community practice
  • rural generalist pathways that meet GP training requirements and align to Advanced Skills disciplines such as emergency medicine, O&G, anaesthetics, paediatrics, palliative care and adult internal medicine

Gippsland Rural Generalist Years 1 interns (RG1s) complete their core rotations at either Bairnsdale Regional Health Service or Central Gippsland Health. They also complete a 20 week extended community-based rotation at one of our three participating GP clinics: Macleod Street Medical Centre, Bairnsdale; Cunninghame Arm Medical Centre, Lakes Entrance or Clocktower Medical Centre, Sale.

The 20 week extended rotation allows our RG1s to become familiar with the interface between primary and secondary care, and gain a better understanding of the life of a rural generalist.

The program offers an extended education program with education undertaken at a clinic, hospital and RG program level.

Interns also benefit from significant exposure to clinical procedures both in their community placements and during their core hospital terms.

The program also offers a PGY2/RG2 year and great opportunities to undertake Rural Generalist Advanced Skills Training  in

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Anaesthetics
  • Paediatrics
  • Mental Health (under development)
  • Palliative Care
  • Adult Internal Medicine

“The internship in Gippsland has been a wonderful and eye-opening experience for me.

Dr Joyce Shuang Xiao (that’s her on the left…)

“I was able to be involved in aspects of a patient’s medical care that you simply miss out on in larger tertiary hospitals.”

Dr Tom Dilks, (that’s him on the right…)

Hear From Our Trainees

“The internship in Gippsland has been a wonderful and eye-opening experience for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed the plentiful hands-on experiences in a well-supported environment.
The program has an impressive education program and I particularly valued the additional ad-hoc tutorials from visiting specialists.
The opportunities to hone my clinical knowledge and skills in general practice, as well as the fantastic non-clinical support for us all made this year a very positive one.
Additionally, you get to experience the beauty that Gippsland has to offer!”
Dr Joyce Shuang Xiao, 2020.

“Starting my journey as a junior doctor in rural Gippsland has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I found the environment highly supportive, working in a diverse team of doctors with different backgrounds and skill sets, but all available to support you when needed and always willing to teach.
As I got more comfortable and confident throughout the year I was able to be involved in aspects of a patients medical care that you simply miss out on in larger tertiary hospitals – whether that’s leading a trauma code in the ED, managing a patient in SVT at a MET call, or having your own regular patients in the GP clinic.
This program gets you actively involved, feeling like a real doctor, and making a difference to patient’s lives.
I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to complete terms in a GP clinic as part of the program, and would recommend to anyone who has ever considered a career as a GP (and even those who haven’t!). 
The skills and experience I have gained during this year will be invaluable as a progress through my development as a medical professional, and the connections I have made will mean I will always feel welcome in Gippsland.
I could not ask for more out of the first year working as a new doctor! “
Dr Tom Dilks, Gippsland RG1 2020

Applications for Rural Generalist Year 1 positions for the 2022 training year are through the PMCV Victorian Intern Match, which opens on 4 May 2021. More information about the match – including information about the Victorian Rural Preferential Allocation (VRPA) round – is available here

To ensure you are matched with our program please rank us highly.

For more information reach out to BRHS’ RG1 Gippsland Program Manager, Sam Scott, on 5150 3448, or