Salary Support Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Salary Support Program:

The registrar Salary Support Program was implemented to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander access to appropriate and holistic health care by:

  • Recognising Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) as the primary training partner in the delivery of culturally safe general practice training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. 
  • Providing opportunities for registrars who wish to undertake a part of their core vocational training in facilities delivering high quality, holistic and culturally safe health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Providing opportunities for registrars to provide a workforce benefit in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service and encourage long-term retention of GPs in these practices. 

The program aims to:

  • Provide salary reimbursement to approved facilities to ensure the retention of registrars and provide needed support aligning with Closing the Gap principles. 
  • Ensure there is no disadvantage to communities through losing registrars as a critical component of the medical workforce.
  • Prioritise opportunities to retain doctors in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practice following fellowship.
  • Provide long-term training placements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health settings for GP registrars who are interested in exploring a career in this field.
  • Expose as many other registrars as possible to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health training and support cultural awareness through shorter term placements to inform their training and practices as GPs. 

Eligibility:

  • To be approved for Salary Support, the health facility must be accredited in accordance with the vocational training standards and requirements published by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and/or the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and
  • A recognised member facility of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) which holds the relevant college accreditation to deliver training or 
  • A Department of Health approved facility that holds current college accreditation and meets the criteria set out by the Department.

For more information on the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Salary Support Program, please refer to the Salary Support Policy.

Salary Support Policy (DOCX 72.9KB)
Salary Support Policy (PDF 105.4KB)