Media Release

A unique national GP training program that enables doctors to gain their specialist qualification in General Practice – while living and working as a doctor in a rural or remote community – will benefit dozens of communities across Australia in 2021, including Tumbarumba in southern NSW.

Dr Agga Nabukeera is among 32 doctors who will be training with the Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) this year.

Funded by the Australian Government, RVTS delivers General Practice and Rural Generalist training for medical practitioners in First Nations, rural and remote communities throughout Australia.

Dr Nabukeera is working at Tumbarumba Medical Practice, while continuing her training under RVTS’s Remote Stream.

“The beauty of the RVTS model is that our doctors don’t need to leave their communities to undertake their training” RVTS CEO, Dr Pat Giddings, said.

“This means they can continue to provide the essential, quality local medical care that their communities need, while still completing their specialist training and gaining access to the latest advances in rural General Practice.

“It really is a win-win situation for the doctors and their communities.”

RVTS has been training doctors for over 20 years, and in that time has supported more than 400 doctors who have delivered primary health care in over 300 rural, remote and First Nations communities.

Under the RVTS training model, doctors access the latest evidence-based learning via intensive workshops, online training, webinars, and regular interaction with experts in the field.

Dr Nabukeera said the benefits of working and training as a doctor under the RVTS training model were significant.

“Nothing competes with adventure and opportunity in beautiful Tumbarumba” she said.

“The great clinical mix that I have working as a doctor in the local community, and the beautiful outdoors here, makes each day inviting! The support and training I am receiving through the RVTS remote training program – and the multiple professional connections I can access through its supportive medical community – makes the engagement for remote doctors like me very satisfying, and the results transforming. Thank you to RVTS for all that you offer rural and remote doctors.”


RVTS is fully funded by the Australian Government.

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