Changes have been made to the Bonded Medical Program, which will affect students applying to study medicine in 2020 and onwards.
The key change involves graduates needing to work in rural or remote areas for three years, rather than the previous one year.
The purpose of Bonded Medical Programs is to meet the demand for doctors in areas which have workforce shortages, particularly rural and remote areas of Australia. The Government provides students with a Commonwealth supported medical place in return for a commitment to work in areas of need for a specified period.
There are two schemes in the Bonded Medical Program:
All students entering medicine in 2020 will enter under the new arrangements, and those who are already part of the scheme can opt into the new arrangements.
Further information can be found at: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/reformed-bonded-programs#7