Doctors on the Five Year Overseas Trained Doctors (OTD) Scheme and members of the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP) are eligible to access education and support by joining the Additional Assistance Exam Support Scheme.

The aim of the program is to assist doctors to attain Fellowship of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM) within two years of commencement on the Five Year OTD Scheme or four years on the Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP).

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS ONLY APPLICABLE FOR DOCTORS ALREADY PRACTISING IN RURAL WESTERN AUSTRALIA. If you are interested in working in Australia, please visit the recruitment pages.

Rural Health West will provide information about relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and exam support courses and will coordinate External Clinical Teaching (ECT) visits with an experienced general practitioner mentor.

The mentor will visit you in your practice to discuss your Independent Learning Plan (ILP). 

The completed ILP will outline educational areas of need and guidance will be provided by the mentor on how to proceed towards successful completion of Fellowship exams. 

Limited funding is available on a reimbursement basis and can include the following:

  • Formal tuition, educational resources and/or exam preparation course costs required in preparation for the Fellowship examination process.
  • Cost of travel and accommodation to workshops and exam preparation courses.
  • General practitioner mentor ECT visits.

For further information contact the Additional Assistance Exam Support Scheme, or telephone 08 6389 4500.