The AMA Rural Medical Training Summit was held on Friday 15 September 2023 in Canberra on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. The summit was co-hosted by the AMA Councils of Doctors in Training and Rural Doctors in response to crippling rural medical workforce shortages. The summit focused on how to increase and improve rural medical training opportunities, particularly for non-GP specialist training.
The summit brought together key stakeholders in rural and regional training including current rural trainees and supervisors, specialist medical colleges, regulators, and government representatives. Attendees and representatives showed a clear commitment, understanding, and drive to improve access to rural medical training for GP and non-GP specialists.
This report outlines the key themes and discussions over the four summit sessions which focused on a range of policy issues including incentivising rural practice, creating training places in rural centres, supporting international medical graduates and thriving in rural practice.