The Victorian Government recently announced that it is investing $2.4 million to boost its rural and regional hospital workforce and keep young doctors who are starting their careers in country areas.

The funding will allow regional hospitals to offer two-year contracts to their medical interns for the first time, so they can undertake more of their training in regional areas.

2,550 new nurses and midwife graduates, as well as 820 first-year medical interns, have just begun their long and rewarding careers in hospitals and health services across Victoria.

Regional Victoria has also seen 300 medical interns based at rural and regional hospitals, including 35 interns starting as part of the Victorian Rural Generalist Training Program, which can lead to careers as a General Practitioner (GP).

Over 460 new nurses and midwives will start their careers in regional Victoria this year.

The Government has also invested $117.8 million in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to recruit and train more nurses, midwives and frontline health workers.

It is also introducing further improvements to nurse and midwife-to-patient ratios that will see a total of 1,100 extra nurses and midwives employed in Victorian public hospitals.

In addition, it is delivering on its $50 million nursing and midwifery workforce development fund, which is expanding the existing registered nurse and midwife graduate program and has established a graduate program for enrolled nurses for the first time.

Around $10 million of this fund is dedicated to training in rural and regional Victoria.

The fund will provide 400 postgraduate scholarships for current nurses and midwives to upgrade their skills, 400 places in postgraduate programs, up to 150 places in postgraduate midwifery employment programs and refresher programs for 800 nurses and midwives currently registered but not practising, so they can re-enter the workforce.