Specialist Training Program

Department of Health - Specialist Training Program

The Specialist Training Program (STP) provides support to enable medical specialist trainees in Australia to rotate through an expanded range of settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals, in pursuit of becoming a Fellow of a recognised specialist medical college.

The program commenced in 2010 and is delivered through 13 specialist medical colleges under funding agreements with the Department of Health. There are 900 training places currently funded through the program.

Our College currently has more than 40 posts across clinical radiology and radiation oncology throughout Australia.

The level of funding available for training posts is through a salary contribution and in some instances, rural loading or Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision Allowance may also be provided.

In addition to establishing specialist training posts, the program also provides funds for a range of support activities, including developing system-wide education and infrastructure support projects to enhance training opportunities for eligible trainees.

View STP Operational Framework

Integrated Rural Training Pipeline

In 2015, the Department announced that at a cost of $93.8 million over four years, additional contributions to build a sustainable Australia-trained future medical workforce for regional, rural and remote communities would be introduced through an Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP).

IRTP has different requirements to the traditional STP model:

  • Training sites must meet different eligibility criteria, to enable a trainee to complete the majority of their training within a rural region (66%).
  • Trainees selected for IRTP-funded posts must show a commitment to working in a rural area post Fellowship.
  • The proposed training model should show a clear, organised training pathway for the trainee.

Training posts are allocated through an expression of interest process. 

Find out more about IRTP