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. We provide paediatric care to the Grampians Region extending to the South Australian border. Trainees find this position 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
Bendigo A lovely place to live. Very active RMO group. 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. 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 except any post exam trainees.
Geelong This is an excellent position that provides a broad range of general paediatrics and level 2 neonates. It is predominantly an inpatient position but provides well supervised experience in outpatient settings that is focussed more on your training experience than on service provision. It will allow you to take on a leadership role amongst other junior staff. It is a busy job, but one that trainees find rewarding and well supported. When not at work there are many nice ways to spend your time in Geelong and the surrounding region.
Mildura Mildura is in a very strategic position. It is at the junction of Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. We cater to a population of 80,000. The hospital and the clinic can become very busy, especially in winter. We do see the mundane and a number of esoteric patients. The whole range of paediatric and neonatal problems are encountered, including Rheumatic fever! Since this region is multicultural (people from 120 countries) the diseases are also that of several nations. It is an exciting opportunity for a registrar to have a well-rounded training.
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 offers easy access (within 1.5 to 2 hours drive) to the Walhalla Gold Field, national parks, Gippsland lakes, Wilson's Promontory, beautiful beaches including Inverloch, skiing resorts and mountains.
Wangaratta Just 2.5 hours from Melbourne, great cycling, wineries, and near the ski fields. Lots of other rotating registrars and an active RMO society. All 4 consultants are hands on, and so very supportive team. A great cross-section of common general paediatric problems, but also acute management odf complex and sick children.
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 5 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, 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 etc. (but no snow skiing).