Rural Coach Program

If you are a surgical Trainee or IMG who is considering working in rural Australia in the future, Rural Coach might be able to assist you.

Since 2011, the Rural Coach Program has identified and supported more than eighty Trainees interested in a Rural Surgical career. This has been through ongoing support, advocacy and the opportunity to build their rural connections by offering financial assistance to Trainees who attend the Provincial Surgeons of Australia Annual Scientific Conference.

To read more about the Rural Coach Program including testimonials please click here.

Rural Coach & GSA Rural Surgery Grant

For the past few years, General Surgeons Australia has generously provided Rural Surgery Grants to Trainees and IMGs who have applied to attend the Provincial Surgeons of Australia Annual Scientific Conference. Past recipients of the grants have found the opportunities for networking invaluable.

GSA is extremely supportive of initiatives that encourage General Surgery Trainees and IMGs to become involved in regional and rural surgical careers. This is a significant workforce issue for General Surgery and one of GSA's strategic imperatives.

To support Trainees and IMGs investigating Rural Surgery as a career option, GSA is again offering Rural Surgery Grants to assist with attendance at the PSA 2017 ASC, each valued at up to $770 Inc. GST.

How to Apply for a Rural Surgery Grant

Terms & Conditions

  • The grant is paid to the recipients retrospectively 
  • A condition of receiving the grant is that the recipient must write a short article - approx. 250 words - for publication in Surgical News and General Surgery Today


Trish Meldrum
Rural Coach Program Officer