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Loddon Mallee - Meet the Challenge!

About the Region

The Loddon Mallee Region is located in the Northwest of Victoria, with the Murray River travelling through the heart of the region.  Our region spans from Woodened, Bendigo, Echuca, Swan Hill and up to Mildura.

Festivals such as the Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival, and significant events at Hanging Rock attract visitors from far and wide. Bendigo Art Gallery is also attracting substantial visitors with its temporary exhibitions as well as extensive collection of 19th century European Art and Australian art from 1800s onwards. Locals can also see Sun Loong the Chinese dragon parade through the streets of Bendigo for the annual four-day festival at Easter, listen to some of the country's finest folk artists at the Maldon Folk Festival, or stroll the many stunning gardens open during the Castlemaine Festival of Gardens.

While in the region, visitors and locals alike enjoy our iconic and widely acknowledged restaurants whether in Piper St Kyneton, the wharf area of Echuca, our Goldfields towns of Castlemaine and Bendigo or destination dining in Mildura.

Our Program

We offer a supportive environment to trainees, including:

  • Case Management - one on one case management in order to prioritise placements and rotations through the Rural Generalist pathway
  • We work with Monash and Melbourne Universities, General Practices, Health Services and GP Colleges (MCCC- RTO), to navigate your pathway and support you to achieve your career goals
  • Education and Supervision Support
  • Mentorship
  • A sense of community and connection
  • Potential for two to three year contracts

We have three major Health Services in which you can undertake the majority of your first three year of training.  Bendigo Health, Echuca Health and Mildura Base.  We also have rotations out to Swan Hill. 

We have the opportunity to undertake general practice placements in your intern year and are looking to expand these placements out to the RG year 2. We have a strong program that provides the below RG 3rd year opportunities:

  • Emergency
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Anesthetics
  • Paediatrics
  • Mental Health
  • Aged Care

Hear from our trainees

Dr Kane Treble- GPT1 Registrar- Rural Generalist - Mildura

What have the benefits been of having an RCIT and then RG pathway available to you with support?

Being part of an RCIT internship program has enabled me to get a realistic feel about what a career as a rural generalist can be like, particularly with the inclusion of a General Practice rotation. I have the opportunity to work alongside seniors who are in similar roles to the career path I want to take, so this has allowed me to draw on their experience and have a mentor. Having RG pathways has also alleviated some of the stress and confusion surrounding training programs and has allowed  me to map out my career pathway of where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.

I have the opportunity to work alongside seniors who are in similar roles to the career path I want to take.

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