Western Victoria Regional Training Hub

Deakin’s Western Victoria Regional Training (WVRT) Hub gives medical graduates, junior doctors and established medical professionals greater opportunities to live, train and work in rural and regional areas.

Established in 2017 and headquartered at South West Healthcare in Warrnambool, the WVRT Hub is one of 26 regional medical training hubs developed through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

The WVRT Hub works collaboratively with regional health services, state and federal governments, specialist colleges, accrediting bodies and other medical and education training providers to develop rural postgraduate pathways and provide support for specialist trainees in the region.

Pathways for postgraduate students

The establishment of the WVRT Hub has paved the way for graduate pathways that allow third and fourth year medicine students to pursue their unique passions and develop specialised skills.


There are different entry points for the medicine pathway depending on how advanced your medical career is. For example, you could start your junior training with South West Healthcare before entering into the basic physician training program in Ballarat or Geelong. This leads into the advanced physician training program rotating through Warrnambool, Ballarat and Geelong.

For more more information about the medicine pathway, please email Dr Debra Friedman.


The well-established surgical training program rotates through Geelong, Ballarat, Hamilton and Warrnambool hospitals.

For more more information about the surgery pathway, please email Professor Glenn Guest.

General practice

The rural generalist pathway is a supported training pathway for those working towards a career as a rural GP. Education is coordinated by MCCC GP Training in conjunction with regional health services and general practices.

For more more information about the general practice pathway, please email Professor Barry Morphett.

Emergency medicine

The emergency medicine pathway is a predominantly rural pathway delivered over nine years from the middle of medical school to the completion of specialist emergency medicine training. Training rotates through Warrnambool, Ballarat and Portland hospitals.

For more more information about the emergency medicine pathway, please email Associate Professor Tim Baker.

Mental health

The Western Victoria Regional Training Hub is currently working with stakeholders to develop a mental health pathway for medical professionals who are keen to work, live and train in a rural setting.

The WVRT links Deakin's medical school with regionally-based trainees, health services, specialist colleges, accrediting bodies and state and territory governments to build training capacity in the region.



Contact us

For more information about the Western Victoria Regional Training Hub please contact:

Barry Morphett
Warrnambool Clinical School

(03) 5564 4391
c/o South West Healthcare
Level 1, Ryot Street
Warrnambool, VIC 3280