Salary Support Programme

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Salary Support Programme:

The registrar Salary Support Programme 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 environments. 
  • Expanding opportunities to increase the number of registrars who could undertake as part of their college-required vocational training in facilities delivering high quality, holistic and culturally safe health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
  • Training organisations identifying facilities suitable to deliver culturally specific vocational general practice training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health settings, and increase their footprint and capacity to place registrars in these settings. 

The programme aims to:

  • Continue growth of training practices and placement opportunities nationally.
  • 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.
  • Support training to ensure a long-term solution to the medical workforce issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health environments. 

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 Programme, please email the GP Training Policy Unit within the Department of Health.