A two-year education program announced by the Government will create incentives for allied health professionals to work in regional areas and better equip them with the skills needed for rural practice.
The Allied Health Rural Generalist Workforce and Education Scheme would drive improvements in allied health recruitment and retention rates in the regions and provide professional development opportunities for allied health professionals.
The program will boost the capability of graduates or those already working in the field, by teaching them skills on how to manage and where to find more support for complex patients, how to consult via telehealth and how they can access additional services for patients who may need it.
The $3.2 million Liberal and National Government investment will enable 20 level one scholarships valued at $10,000 and 20 level two scholarships valued at $28,000 to be offered initially at James Cook University, with more universities expected to join.
Funding is also available to help employers cover back-filling positions and provide travel and accommodation for students to attend training.