A one stop guide to rural training in Victoria


Rural Sites

The rural paediatric advanced training sites in Victoria are the following;

Albury-Wodonga Albury-Wodonga has a population of over 100,000, is located on the Murray river downstream of Lake Hume - watersports, fishing etc. - and close to Victorian High Country and surrounded by gourmet food and wine regions of Rutherglen, Milawa, King Valley. There is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes, theatre, art galleries and cinemas. We provide paediatric services to Albury-Wodonga and surrounding areas covering acute, outpatient and community paediatrics.
Ballarat Ballarat is a town of 100,000 residents 90 minutes west of Melbourne, close to wineries, mountain hiking, spa towns and not far from coastal beaches. It also has a rapidly growing cultural life of its own, with plenty of restaurants, bars, music and theatre.  We provide paediatric care to the Grampians Region extending to the South Australian border, with a new Regional Paediatric Model of care in 2022, which our trainess will be a part of. Trainees find the positions here challenging but extremely rewarding given the high level of responsibility. The diverse range of patients that are often not managed directly by general paediatrics in the metropolitan setting, along with a high acuity neonatal throughput, allows our trainees a true experience of general paediatrics. We offer ample opportunity for broad outpatient exposure to many behavioural and community paediatric conditions and good exposure to assessment of child abuse and sexual assault cases.  There is also a broad range of outreach services.
Bendigo Bendigo is a lovely place to live. Australias 1st UNESCO listed city of gastronomy. Heathcote wineries nearby. Join a Saturday morning bike group. Live theatre with new shows every couple of weeks. A hospital that has a lot of energy, excitement and optimism as it faces a complete rebuild and a very active RMO group. Trains run to Melbourne hourly. An easy 90 minute drive to the centre of Melbourne. Good schools, long day care available. Ideally suits trainees in their final couple of years of training but can accept any post exam trainees.
Mildura Mildura Base Public Hospital (MBPH) as a 172-bed level 1 teaching hospital providing patient centred care when members of our community are at their most vulnerable.  MBPH is the major public referral health service for the Northern Mallee sub-region of the Loddon Mallee region of Victoria, the far west of New South Wales and the Riverland area of South Australia.  It has a catchment population of over 80,000. The paediatric unit covers General Paediatrics, Neonatology and Paediatric Emergency presentations.  We care for children from 34 weeks gestation up to 17 years.  Registrars work within the Children's Ward, SCN, Birth Suite, Postnatal Ward, ICU and theatre, being responsible for all paediatric and neonatal admissions.  There are over 9000 paediatric ED presentations, 2000 admissions and 900 births per year.  We manage a diverse case mix and have a close working relationship with paediatric specialists in tertiary centres of both Melbourne and Adelaide.  The Paediatric Advanced Trainee Registrar is a senior member of our team, with the primary function of this role being the provision of care for patients and families and a level of skill and autonomy consistent with Advanced Training in paediatrics.
Sale Sale is in the "Middle of Everywhere" (https//themiddleofeverywhere.com.au/en).  It is the gateway to a number of attractions along the southern part of Ninety Mile Beach.  The small towns of Seaspray and Golden Beach directly front the pristine coastline, while Loch Sport is situated on a peninsula wedged between Lake Victoria and the ocean of Bass Strait.  The snowy mountain of Hotham is within three hours drive of Sale and is a great place for everyone to get out and enjoy the snow; whether its learning to ski or snowboard, snow tube, cross country ski, showshoe, toboggan or build a snowman.   The Community Fellow position is an excellent opportunity to learn and fine tune the nuances of developmental and behavioural paediatrics.  The position caters for either a trainee in the Advanced program who would like a degree of autonomy, or a junior trainee who requires additional support.  We also provide an outreach indigenous clinic and a community clinic to East Gippsland that provide excellent opporuntities for an Advanced Trainee. 
Shepparton GV Health serves one of the most dynamic, fast-growing and multicultural communities in regional Australia. Only two hours north of Melbourne, we have strong ties with metro tertiary hospitals and education centres and can offer opportunities for teaching, further education and research. It is linked with the University of Melbourne, School of Rural Health and the Child & Adolescent Health Unit delivered through our Paediatric programme. There is a wide variety and depth of Paediatric medical experience to be had under supervision and mentoring, but also allowing your initiative and experiential development. There is much opportunity to be involved with both GVH RMO and university teaching. You will see the patient's "first hand" across acute and outpatient settings and be able to integrate your clinical knowledge and skills. Although within easy travel distance from Melbourne, it also has all the facilities you'd expect from a vibrant and fast-growing area. Yes you can get a great coffee, yes there's wonderful dining and quality shopping, great schools, gyms and sporting activities and entertainment. And there's the peace and beauty of the countryside. While there's a lot to enjoy in the Goulburn Valley, it's also easy to visit the Murray River region and the Victorian ski fields.
Traralgon Latrobe City is 1.5 hours to Melbourne CBD by car and offers easy access (within 1.5-2 hours drive) to the Walhalla Gold Field, national parks, Gippsland lakes, Wilson's Promontory, beautiful beaches including Inverloch, ski resorts and mountains, with excellent opportunities for horse riding, fishing and hiking.
Wangaratta Wangaratta is just 2.5 hours from Melbourne, with great cycling, wineries, and nearby ski fields. Lots of other rotating registrars and an active RMO society. All 5 consultants are hands on, with a very supportive team. A great cross-section of common general paediatric problems, but also acute management of complex and sick children.  Great roster with absolutely no weekends and no public holidays.  Natasha (Reg 2018): "I highly recommend working in Wangaratta as a paediatric advanced trainee and loved my time working there.  Wonderfully supportive consultant and paediatric nursing team, and a broad and interesting mix of paediatric and neonatal patients.  The roster was great and this, combined with Wangaratta's proximity to Melbourne, made the travel relatively easy."  Ajay (Reg 2018): "I found working in Wangaratta as a paediatric advanced trainee gave me broad exposure to wonderful people and a diversity of cases, and the ability to practice both independently and/or with the support of some of the best nurses I've ever encountered plus experienced mentoring clinicians.  It's an undiscovered gem and any travel time to/from Melbourne is easily made up for by the fantastic work-life balance."
West Gippsland Healthcare (Warragul) The Warragul Senior Registrar (SR) position is perfect for trainees considering a career in general paediatrics, particularly if rural practice is a possibility. The SR acts as a junior consultant with their own patient load, but closely mentored by senior colleagues. They are exposed to all facets of rural and community practice as well as being able to participate in subspecialty clinics and acute paediatrics at West Gippsland Hospital. The West Gippsland Paediatric Group consists of 6 paediatricians working closely together in a very positive and harmonious environment, all of whom have a strong committment to training. The beautiful rural environment of West Gippsland within an hour of the surf, the snow, the wineries and the gippsland foodie circuit, but only 50 mins from Melbourne, is an added bonus. This job also allows trainees to see the workings of a paediatric private practice in a safe and secure environment.
Southwest Healthcare Warrnambool This is an excellent position to take towards the end of training, providing the opportunity to develop the competencies and confidence to go on and provide unsupervised comprehensive medical care in paediatrics. There is sufficient leisure time to become involved with activities in the local community, from the performing arts/music to sports, surfing, sailing, fishing, waterskiing and the like (but no snow skiing).