Skills injection for Clermont doctor

THE community of Clermont will benefit from a local doctor's successful application to join the Australian Government-funded Remote Vocational Training Scheme.

The RVTS delivers support to rural doctors so they don't have to move to a larger community to access the required professional development.

"This is community support at its most effective," RVTS chief executive Dr Patrick Giddings said.

"The community gets to keep their doctor and the doctor receives the support they need to be their best."

Dr Thushara Gallage is one of just 22 general practitioners nationally to be selected for the program's 2012 intake, which commences this month.

Competition for the limited number of places is always spirited and only the most capable are selected to receive up to four years of support.

Doctors on the RVTS program are exposed to the latest advances in rural general practice and enjoy regular contact with their contemporaries, no matter how remote they are.

"Doctors are no longer isolated," Dr Giddings said.

"They enjoy support equal to their big city counterparts."

Weekly after-hours teleconferences, regular peer review and travel to practical workshops are all part of the program, Dr Giddings said.


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