Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetships
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health, is offering 12 cadetships to medical students interested in undertaking a medical career in rural NSW. At least two of these cadetships will go to Indigenous medical students.
- About the cadetships
- Who are the cadets?
- What are the benefits of a cadetship?
- How are payments made to cadets?
- Who is eligible?
- How to apply
- Find out more
Successful applicants receive up to $15,000 per year for the final two years of their medical degree. In return, they agree to undertake two of the first three years of their hospital training in an eligible rural NSW hospital.
Cadets in their final year of study apply for an intern position through the Rural Preferential Recruitment (RPR) process or Aboriginal Medical Workforce pathway administered by the Health, Education and Training Institute (HETI).
Rural service can be undertaken in major NSW hospitals west of the Great Dividing Range including Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga and Albury.
Please note that:
- coastal NSW locations are not considered eligible for rural service
- students not honouring their commitment to undertake rural placements will be required to pay back all money granted to them.
There are two pathways for Indigenous student cadets:
- Payments are spread accross three years.
- Students are paid in the last two years of their medical degree.
The return of service component for these two pathways is two years.
- Cadets are ambassadors for the future rural health workforce and the cadetship scheme.
- Cadets possess a strong understanding of the realities of rural medical practice and issues faced by rural communities in NSW.
- Cadets are committed to pursuing a career in rural medicine.
Successful applicants receive:
- $15,000 per year for the final two years of their medical degree
- $30,000 during their degree (Indigenous cadets)
- a relocation grant when moving to a rural location
- subsidised attendance at RDN conferences
- subsidised attendance at the annual RDN cadet weekend at one of the locations for rural service
- mentoring and support through RDN.
Cadets invoice the NSW Rural Doctors Network in January for $7,500 and in July for $7,500.
Indigenous cadets receive annual payments dependent on their Pathway.
Pathway 1 -
- Pathway 1 - $6,000
- Pathway 2 - $12,000
- Pathway 3 - $12,000
Pathway 2 -
- Payment 1 - $15,000
- Payment 2 - $15,000
- Medical students studying in NSW.
- Medical students studying interstate or in New Zealand who completed Year 12 in NSW.
Applicants from NSW universities must be enrolled in:
- second year medicine at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Notre Dame; or
- third year medicine at Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle or New England; or
- fourth year medicine at the University of NSW.
Applicants from interstate or New Zealand universities must be enrolled in their third last year of a medical degree.
Cadetship recipients are unable to hold a RAMUS or MRBS at the same time.
Bonded Medical Place (BMP) students are eligible to apply.
Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Indigenous cadetship eligibility
- Indigenous Australian medical students studying in NSW.
- Indigenous Australian medical students studying interstate or in New Zealand who completed Year 12 in NSW.
There are two eligibility pathways as an Indigenous Cadet.
Applicants must be studying medicine in:
- first year at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Notre Dame; or
- second year at Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle or New England; or
- third year at the University of NSW; or
- the fourth last year (with three years remaining) of a medical degree at an interstate Australian University or New Zealand University.
Applicants must be studying medicine in:
- second year at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Notre Dame; or
- third year at Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle or New England; or
- fourth year at the University of NSW; or
- the third last year (with two years remaining) of a medical degree at an interstate Australian university or New Zealand university.
Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.
Bonded Medical Place (BMP) holders are eligible to apply, however RAMUS and MRBS holders are ineligible.
Apply with proof of enrolment, your resume (maximum two pages) and a 500 word essay answering the following questions:
- Why do you want to practise rural medicine?
- Why would you be a good ambassador for the cadetship?
Your essay should demonstrate an awareness of issues facing rural communities and how this impacts on rural medical practice.
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RDN cadets at the RDN/ RDA (NSW) Rural GPs Conference 2018
RDN cadets improving their clinical skills, with assistance by Dr Ros Bullock, during the 2014 Cadet Weekend in Dubbo.
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