The Specialist Training Program (STP) is a Federal Government initiative to increase the number of training posts available for specialists-in-training outside traditional public teaching hospitals, providing an annual salary of $100,000 per post. An additional $20,000 per annum pro rata of rural loading is also available for posts with rotations to training sites located in areas classified under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification-Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as RA2-5.
The college administers 27 STP positions in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. All positions are accredited as per the college’s National Accreditation Standards.
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. Only training facilities are eligible to apply for funding. There are no further application rounds scheduled at this time.
The training positions are to be in health care settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals that include:
- Private hospitals
- Specialists’ rooms
- Clinics and day surgeries
- Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS)
- Publicly funded health care facilities such as regional, rural and community health settings classified RA2-5
- Non-clinical settings (such as simulated learning environments)
The aims of the project are to:
- Increase the capacity within the health workforce to train Dermatologists
- Better train specialists in dermatology, with education that matches the nature of demand and reflect the way health services are delivered
- Increase the College’s capacity to make strategic decisions that increase trainees and specialist International Medical Graduates’ access to appropriate training and maximising their workforce contribution
- Develop networked specialist training arrangements
The Australasian College of Dermatologists has been contracted by the Commonwealth to manage STP funding and all successful training facilities must enter into a contract with the College.
Additional funding is available for successful posts if rotations include private settings via the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) funds. These funds are managed by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). Up to $30,000 per annum is available for clinical supervision and up to $10,000 every three years is available for private infrastructure. For more information please visit the RACMA Website.
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For more information on the background of STP, view the STP Operational Framework on the Department’s website.
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