Apply for funding for the Specialist Training Program

Date published:
28 Jun 2024

Do you have a project idea aimed at supporting non-GP specialist medical trainees and workforce in regional, rural, and remote Australia? If so, now is your opportunity to apply for Commonwealth funding for the Specialist Training Program (STP) Flexible Approach to Training in Expanded Settings (FATES) projects through The RACP. Final review and approval are made by the Department of Health and Aged Care.

The purpose of the FATES grant opportunity is to support specialist medical college projects that address priority areas and actions identified in the National Medical Workforce Strategy. These include a focus on addressing maldistribution and undersupply issues, as well as meeting community need by increasing support for building capacity in regional, rural, and remote locations and growing the First Nations specialist medical workforce.

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The FATES objectives are to:

  • improve and promote a positive medical education culture and support quality specialist medical training in regional, rural, and remote Australia
  • reduce barriers and improve incentives for entering regional, rural, and remote medical practice.
  • improve the imbalance of distribution of the non-GP specialist medical training arrangements and workforce, particularly in areas of unmet need.
  • attract and support First Nations trainees to grow the First Nations workforce towards population parity.

The Department will release new guidelines for FATES round four funding in August 2024. The changes expected are around sustainability and evaluation of the projects.

 The previous FATES guidelines for round three funding are available for reference on the STP webpage.

How and when to apply

Please refer to the STP webpage on the RACP website for details on how to apply, key dates and the priority areas the Department is looking to support.

Facilities can submit more than one application ranging from short-term to multi-year projects (maximum 24 months only). Applications must be received by Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

Additionally, the Department has not yet announced a date for the medical colleges to submit the FATES applications in August; however, in anticipation, the RACP STP Team is opening the FATES round four dates in July.

Questions and support

If you have questions or need clarification around the eligibility of a planned project, please contact the RACP’s STP team by emailing or calling Member Services on the numbers below:

  • Australia: 1300 MY RACP (1300 69 7227 toll free)
  • Aotearoa New Zealand: 0508 MY RACP (0508 69 7227 toll free)
  • From anywhere else: +61 2 9256 5444

We encourage you to review what projects your facility currently has planned, and look for wider specific setting opportunities, that can help support our specialist trainees and workforce need.

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