Specialist Training Program announcement
The RACP is pleased to advise that the Department of Health (the Department) has approved an extension of the Specialist Training Program (STP) and the Tasmanian Project, to include the 2017 academic year.
This means that the allocation of training posts and funding arrangements that applied in 2016 will remain as is, until the end of 2017.
The RACP has advocated strongly with the Department for the continuation of the programs. The Department has performed a review of the programs to determine their future after 2016. The outcome will be released later this year.
We will continue to keep you updated on the future of the STP and Tasmanian Project.
For further queries, please contact the RACP STP Unit at STP@racp.edu.au or on on +61 2 9256 5476.
The Australian Government Specialist Training Program (STP) is a Federal Government initiative to increase training posts for specialists outside traditional public teaching hospitals, providing an annual trainee salary contribution of $100,000 per post.
The College administers over 400 STP physician posts in settings including private hospitals, rural and remote hospitals and community health (see current facilities/training sites (PDF 132KB)
STP funding is determined via application rounds by the Department of Health with assessment by the Department, the relevant specialist colleges and state/territory health jurisdictions. There are no further application rounds scheduled at this time.
For more information on the background of STP, view the STP Operational Framework on the Department's website.
STP Fact Sheets
The STP Fact sheets are for liaison officers, supervisors, trainees and other parties interested in learning about how the Royal Australasian College of Physicians administers the Specialist Training Program (STP).
Rural Support Loading funding
Rural Support Loading (RSL) provides funding of up to $20,000 (ex GST) per STP post per annum. The funding is made available to supplement the additional costs incurred by STP trainees located in regional and remote Australia, with a Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) status of 2-5. RA status can be determined by visiting the DoctorConnect website.
There is no application process for RSL and the STP Unit will automatically contact posts that are eligible for funding. Payment is subject to the recruitment of a trainee to the post.
For information on how RSL funding can be spent and what the payment process is, view the College's RSL Guidelines (PDF 58KB)
All posts that receive RSL funding will be required to submit an annual report in December to the College. This report is to detail expenditure of the funds and will be used by the College for evaluation purposes.
For more information regarding Rural Support Loading, please contact the STP Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (2) 9256 9665.
Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Allowance
The Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) Program provides additional funding for STP posts of up to $30,000 per annum for clinical supervision and $10,000 every three years for private infrastructure.
The program is managed for all posts by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). For more information visit the RACMA website or contact the PICS team on (03) 9824 4699.
Advertising vacant posts
You can advertise vacant posts on the RACP Members' Services site.
Alternatively, the College's eNewsletters may be able to list details of vacant STP posts. Contact the appropriate enewsletter for your specialty from the list below.
STP Advisory Group
The STP Advisory Group provides advice on STP policies, support programs and accreditation and recruitment issues. The group meets approximately four times per year and comprises five Fellows and one Trainee.
Accreditation for STP
All STP settings must be accredited by the College standards which are:
- Facilities and Infrastructure
- Profile of Work
- Teaching and Learning
- Trainee Support Services
For more information about accreditation:
STP research and evaluation
The STP Unit conducts research with trainees and supervisors about their experiences of the program. Click here to see STP research analysis.
Feedback on the STP program is always welcome and should be emailed to email@example.com or via phone on +61 (2) 9256 9665.
In September 2015, the Department of Health began a consultation process about reforms to the Specialist Training Programme to be implemented in 2017.
View the RACP’s submission in response to this consultation (PDF 490KB) The submission emphasises the value being delivered by the STP; both to improving patient outcomes in the community, and to the capacity of the health system to deliver highly trained medical specialists able to meet Australia’s future health needs.
Visit the Department of Health website or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more about the College's administration of STP contact email@example.com or +61 (2) 9256 9665.
Acknowledgement: The Royal Australasian College of Physicians has received Australian Government funding under the Specialist Training Program.