Trainee Medical Officer Unit

A Trainee Medical Officer Unit in the Rural Support Service is working with regional local health networks, the university-led regional training hubs, GPEx and the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency to coordinate rural medical training, attract and encourage students and trainee medical officers to work in country areas through the junior doctor marketing strategy, and progress a coordinated rural generalist training pathway in South Australia, which is one of the most important strategies in the Rural Medical Workforce Plan.

In January 2019, rural intern numbers more than doubled from five to twelve, with five new positions based at Whyalla Hospital and an additional two positions based in Mount Gambier, bringing the total number there to seven.

Five new interns were welcomed by staff in Whyalla in January 2019
Five new interns were welcomed by staff in Whyalla in January 2019

interns at Mount Gambier Hospital
Seven new interns were welcomed by staff in Mount Gambier
in January 2019

The new intern positions were the result of a partnership with the University of Adelaide’s Adelaide Rural Clinical School and Flinders University, supported by funding from the South Australian Government and Australian Government for 2019 and 2020.

The TMO Unit is also responsible for leading funding submissions to the Commonwealth Government on medical education initiatives such as the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund and then developing the associated funding agreements and state-based contracts with education providers.

For more information about rural medical training opportunities, contact Reece Johnson on (08) 8226 5737 or at

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