Opportunities for Bonded Medical Scholars

Rural Health West and the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia are offering support services for Bonded Medical Program participants in order to prepare them for rural health work and facilitate placements in rural areas.


Rural Health West and the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia have designed a support program specifically for bonded scholars to:

  • prepare scholars for rural placements;
  • provide career advice and guidance;
  • provide professional development opportunities; and
  • assist with rural placement facilitation. 

Through this support program, bonded scholars are able to:

  • access clinical upskilling webinars;
  • attend networking and career events;
  • apply for financial support to attend conferences and educational workshops;
  • receive cultural awareness training ... and more.

Scholars will be kept up to date with the events, webinars and sponsorship opportunities through a regular e-bulletin.

For more information about this program please contact Rural Health West on 08 6389 4500. If you have a specific query about rural practice please contact hubs@RCSWA.edu.au

Bonded Medical Program Forum - your chance to find out how the changes impact you!

Your face-to-face opportunity to find out about upcoming changes to the Bonded Medical Program and how they may impact on you

Wednesday 27 November 2019   |   The University Club of Western Australia   |   6.00pm-9.00pm   |   FREE EVENT 

A number of reforms will be introduced on 1 January 2020 for participants of the Bonded Medical Program (BMP). Under the reforms, current participants can opt-into a new BMP scheme. Benefits of the new scheme include a standardised three-year Return of Service Obligation for all current participants, with 1:1 credit applied for all Return of Service Obligations worked under previous arrangements.

The reforms will provide greater support for participants - via Rural Health West - and the introduction of the Bonded Return of Service System (BRoSS) will help to track and manage Return of Service Obligations.

The Bonded Medical Program Forum will feature

  • Presentation from Australian Government Department of Health (AGDoH) representative Abha Bedi (Director, Rural Support Section) about the reforms
  • Question and Answer session with AGDoH representative
  • Panel presentation 'Opportunities to practise rurally' featuring current /previous participants 
  • Round table discussions with AGDoH representatives, panellists, medical colleges, Rural Doctors' Association of Western Australia and Rural Health West
  • Networking opportunities

Canapés and beverages will be served.

Register to attend

For further information about the event, contact us at choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au 


Reforms to the Bonded Medical Program from 1 January 2020

New arrangements for the Bonded Medical Program

The Bonded Medical Program aims to provide more Australian trained doctors where there are workforce shortages, particularly in rural and remote Australia.

There are two schemes under the Bonded Medical Program; the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) scheme and the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) scheme.

A new Bonded Medical Program will commence on 1 January 2020, with existing participants able to opt in to the new arrangements. From 1 January 2020, all new applicants to the Bonded Medical Program will enter under the new arrangements.

To support the new arrangements for the Bonded Medical Program, the Australian Government Department of Health has developed an innovative IT system, the Bonded Return of Service System (BRoSS).

Key features of the reforms are:

  • a consistent three year Return of Service Obligation (RoSO). BMP participants who have a 12 month RoSO will keep this under the new arrangements;
  • more options and flexibility so it is easier for participants to complete their RoSO;
  • replacement of the individual contract/deed of agreement with a statutory scheme;
  • a program specific online web portal (BRoSS) and mobile phone application to allow participants to self-manage their RoSO; and
  • support to all bonded participants through the Rural Workforce Agencies.
For further information on the new arrangements, please see the fact sheets relevant to you:
Further information about the reforms can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
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Medfest | 11.30-5pm, 16 November 2019 | Telethon Speech and Hearing

The Medfest program is packed with rural generalist doctors talking about their passion for rural medicine, emergency skills workshops, and inspiring panel discussions. Medfest is a rural medicine career event developed by WA General Practice Education and Training and Rural Doctors Association of WA. 

Meet the WAGPET team, other registrars, and like-minded peers who will be by your side throughout your training. Find out more about advanced skills posts available as a rural general practice registrar and what each region has to offer. 

Visit the Medfest website

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships to attend the WA Rural Health Conference 2020 will be available soon. Stay tuned for more information.

Bonded Scholars can access the Rural Health West "Distance is no obstacle" Podcast series aimed at providing medical education and information to rural health professionals.

Click here to access current episodes. 
Click here to access the Rural Health West webinar library. 

Bonded Scholars will have access to the Rural Clinical School Webinar series, more information to be released soon. 


Rural Health West

T 08 6389 4500
E choosecountry@ruralhealthwest.com.au


The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia

E hubs@rcswa.edu.au
W www.rcs.uwa.edu.au/about/rural-training-hubs