Clarence Valley Regional Training Hub (RTH)

Welcome to the Clarence Valley RTH

In 2017 the University of Wollongong (UOW), under the Commonwealth Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline initiative, was successful in gaining funding to establish the Clarence Valley Regional Training Hub (CVRTH). This is one of 26 Regional Training Hubs throughout Australia, designed to better coordinate training and opportunities for medical students, junior doctors and medical trainees in rural and regional areas.

Medical Training in the Clarence Valley

Our focus is on the Rural Generalists Pathway, in addition to 2 years GP training, required completion of 12 months advanced special skills in an area such as palliative care, paediatrics, emergency medicine or mental health

The priorities for the CVRTH as set out by the Commonwealth Department of Health are to:

  • Identify medical students with an interest in practicing rurally;
  • Develop and enhance existing post graduate (medical) regional training capacity;
  • Provide a central network for coordination of all existing medical training activities in the region;
  • Develop new and strengthen existing connections; and
  • Continue to monitor population health and workforce need.

Our tasks are to:

  • Support the Clarence Health Service to gain accreditation for training of young doctors at Grafton and Maclean Hospitals from NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and support the rotation of junior doctors from outside the region.
  • Support the accreditation of Clarence general practices to train GPs and the accreditation of advanced training positions for GPs in Grafton and Maclean Hospitals.
  • Mentor and support medical students and young doctors who express an interest in regional and rural practice.
  • Support the development of a medical workforce plan for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD.