John Flynn Placement Program
The John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and is designed to attract the future medical workforce into a remote and rural career.
The program provides 300 undergraduate medical students with the opportunity to experience clinical practice and lifestyle in remote and rural locations across Australia. Successful eligible applicants, from 20 participating universities, spend eight weeks over three to four years in a remote or rural community with a one-to-one professional mentor, community host and contact.
From 1 July 2017 the Rural Workforce Agency consortium will administer the JFPP in each state and the Northern Territory via Local Coordination Teams.
The RWA consortium includes:
- NSW Rural Doctors Network
- Rural Workforce Agency Victoria
- HR+ Tasmania
- Rural Doctors Workforce Agency of South Australia
- Rural Health West
- Northern Territory Primary Health Network
- Health Workforce Queensland.
2017 JFPP Cohort
As of Friday 28 July 2017, students have been advised of the outcome of their application. Due to the transition of JFPP administrators and the need to meet Program timelines, the selection process undertaken for the 2017 JFPP cohort was modified from that described in the guidelines issued by the previous administrator, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). On advice from the Australian Government Department of Health, the selection for the 2017 JFPP cohort has been based only on the written application submitted by students, and did not include the interview stage of the application process.
From the written application submitted, students who received a score of 60% or more were deemed eligible for the JFPP. Eligible students from the same university were ranked on their score and then sub-divided based on students' rural or urban background. From this process, students were offered one of 300 placements in the 2017 JFPP cohort. This ranking process ensures comparable representation of rural and urban students from each participating university.
Due to the high number of applications received for the 2017 JFPP cohort, we are unable to provide feedback on your application.
Applications for the 2018 JFPP cohort will open early next year. If you remain eligible for the JFPP, (i.e. you have three or four years of your medical degree still to complete) we encourage you to apply!
Please visit the JFPP website for more information.