Entry to the RTS is based on a tiered priority system, aligned with the applicant’s rural residency profile. Places will first be allocated to eligible Tier 1 applicants, and if places remain, to Tier 2 applicants and finally Tier 3 applicants. To meet the eligibility criteria for each tier, applicants must have lived for at least 10 years cumulatively or any 5 years consecutively after birth entirely within the nominated tier.
Tier 1: Deakin’s rural footprint (see definition below).
Tier 2: ASGS Remoteness Area 2-5 locations within rural Victoria, not included in Tier 1 area.
Tier 3: ASGS Remoteness Area 2-5 locations within other areas of rural Australia, not included in Tiers 1 and 2 areas.
Deakin rural footprint (Tier 1)
The Deakin University footprint is all locations in the Western Victorian Primary Health Network area that are classified as MM3-MM6 (large rural towns, medium rural towns, small rural towns, remote communities). It will also include MM2 (regional centres) locations surrounding and including Ballarat, given Ballarat is the location of one of Deakin’s rural clinical schools. All other MM1 and MM2 locations within the Western Victorian Primary Health Network area and the MM3 and MM4 locations on the Bellarine Peninsula are excluded from the Deakin University rural footprint (Tier 1).
Check your eligibility for Rural Training Stream Tier 1 by completing the following steps:
- Is your rural location for this application within the Western Victoria Primary Health Network?
- Is your rural location for this application classified as MM3-MM6, or is it MM2 in or surrounding Ballarat?
- Can you provide evidence of residing in this location after birth for 5 years continuously or 10 years cumulatively?
If you have answered YES to all of the above, you are eligible for Tier 1 of the RTS.
How to apply
All information about applying for the Doctor of Medicine, via the general stream or Rural Training Stream, can be accessed on the Doctor of Medicine course page.
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