Welcoming future doctors to rural Australia
The Bonded Support Program (BSP) is a support network for participants involved in the Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme and the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship (MRBS) Scheme. Both Schemes are funded by the Federal Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) and managed by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Your Bonded Support Program services
As a BMP or MRBS holder, you are provided with extra educational support through online virtual seminars, e-Mentoring, Networking Events, Conference Support, Newsletters, RRMEO, and On the Spot!
The University Networking events are aimed at the student body and available for all Bonded participants, providing the opportunity to meet other participants and representatives from Rural Health Clubs. There are also guest speakers and opportunities to gather information to help participants with their training decisions.
"The BSP networking evening was a wonderful experience. It was very well organised and the venue was conviently close to the university."- Megan Lee, University of Notre Dame Sydney
Virtual Seminar sessions are online live tutorials set on a decided topic hosted by doctors or medical professionals. Participants are able to interact with the presenter and each other in this unique virtual classroom atmosphere. See what some people are saying about the classrooms:
“Absolutely stimulating and inspiring it will definitely make me a better clinician”
“This is the second virtual classroom I have done and I have found them to be a fantastic way of learning. I am keen to participate in more as they become available.”
“Was very interactive and easy to access”
Conference support is offered through an online application process with the objective of assisting participants with future career decisions. Successful student applicants will be fully funded and graduates partially funded as conference delegates. The conference program opens twice a year, for two rounds of applications. View previous conference reports here.
RRMEO (Rural and Remote Medical Education Online) is an online tutorial forum unique to ACRRM. Educational support is available which includes virtual seminars and e-Mentoring sessions, learning planners, telemedicine, educational inventory and ACRRM clinical guidelines available for download to a PDA or smart phone. There are 90 modules within RRMEO which you can enrol in and content includes modules on Radiology, Antenatal Care, Population Health, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander mental health care and Retrieval Medicine.
Participants receive a regular BSP Newsletter which highlights current BSP activities including conferences, networking events, virtual seminars, e-mentoring and spotlight on community. There is also a FAQs section whereby students may ask questions and we will endeavour to answer them on the next newsletter issue.
What's On? Is your monthly e-bulletin informing you of upcoming events and classrooms each month? Bulletins include links to register for virtual classrooms, or to RSVP for a networking event and information on conferences of significance for the doctors and students.On the spot!
On the Spot articles highlight specific remote and rural communities across Australia focusing on local attractions, medical services provided and other information that can be of use for students moving to rural and remote locations.
We update our frequently asked questions page regularily. Many questions answer your queries about your return of service obligations and the time commitments of your BMP or MRBS contract.The BSP team is always on hand to assist with any queries.
Contacting the Bonded Support Program team: bondedsupportacrrm [dot] org [dot] au or
phone 1800 231 231. You can connect with us via ACRRMs Twitter or Facebook page.
Any questions relating specifically to Departmental contracts please contact the relevant Scheme using the following contact details.
|Medical Rural Bonded Scholarships (MRBS)||Bonded Medical Place (BMP)|
|Freecall: 1800 248 720||Freecall: 1800 987 104|
|Switch: 02 6289 1555||Switch: 02 6289 1555|
|Fax: 02 6289 8600 (att: MRB Scheme)||Fax: 02 6289 8600 (att: BMP Scheme)|
|mrbscholarshipshealth [dot] gov [dot] au||bmpschemehealth [dot] gov [dot] au|