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 the opportunity to experience clinical practice and lifestyle in remote and rural locations across Australia each year. 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.
As a medical student, the John Flynn Placement Program gets you places you couldn’t otherwise experience. It allowed me to experience the depth and breadth of remote medicine, work with Aboriginal communities, and experience adventure and culture never imagined in my home state. Experiences like these sow the seeds for future careers and I’m very grateful to the NTGPE for their support over the years – I hope to return to the NT soon!