Allied Health Rural Generalist Program

This important professional development program is presented by JCU's internationally-recognised Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The program has been developed in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology and the Department of Health, Queensland. This is practical, work-integrated development for early career professionals designed to meet the needs of rural and remote health services.

This pathway has two stages:

A health professional at this stage is in their early career (0-3 years) and is usually co-located with a profession specific supervisor. A health professional at this stage should undertake the rural generalist program. This consists of 12 modules, five of which are compulsory non-clinically based modules, a capstone module and 6 clinically-based modules across three focus areas.

Modules run for six weeks and require approximately 22 hours of work to complete the workplace focused tasks.

This program is for you if you are working in a rural or remote health setting:

  • Nutritionist/Dietitian
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiographer
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Worker

A health professional at this stage usually has more than two years clinical experiences and has greater independence in complex decision making as well as clinical leadership. A health professional at this stage should complete the Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice. This postgraduate course consists of two core subjects on advance practice in the rural and remote context and principles of education, two research and/or management subjects, three clinical subjects and one elective. Subjects run for between 7 and 13 weeks and require approximately 130 hours of work per subject.

For Rural Health Managers

  • Targeted professional development that enhances practice effectiveness and service outcomes
  • Participants will contribute to service development and quality improvement activities in the workplace as part of their training
  • Improves your ability to meet rural health needs
  • Helps you attract and retain staff
  • Meets your workforce development goals.

For Rural Health Professionals

  • Learn the skills to develop your rural generalist service
  • Enhance your job satisfaction
  • Upskill and extend your rural generalist knowledge and capabilities
  • Increase your career options
  • Work integrated development - practical on-the-job projects
  • Online modules


Madelon Pringle"After completing my Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice Degree and graduating from La Trobe University, I was actively seeking a new graduate physiotherapist position in a public hospital. The Allied Health Rural Generalist Training Position was advertised by my current workplace for a new graduate physiotherapist to complete. I was very interested in expanding my existing knowledge and skills and was open to the idea of online learning, so I did not hesitate to apply for the position.

The course was beneficial for my professional development. I expanded my professional contacts with other physiotherapists and allied health professionals from all over the state. I was able to work alongside my colleagues to develop and complete an innovative state-wide amputee project, which was an invaluable learning experience as a new graduate. This course has given me the opportunity to advance my knowledge and further my success in the early stages of my career, which contributed to myself obtaining a permanent position at my current workplace.

The lectures/tutors provide great support when learning online through JCU, with online discussion boards and question forums to help guide you at each stage of the course."

Madelon Pringle
Allied Health Rural Generalist Program

Level 1 Allied Health Rural Generalist Program information

Complete 5 compulsory modules + Capstone module MO1007

Participants must complete MO1001 Project Management Skills before enrolling in MO1007. Participants can choose to complete either MO1002 or MO1003.

Core modules

For more information on each of the Rural Service Delivery Domain modules, click here to watch introductory videos about each module.

Application steps

1. Select Apply now link on this webpage.

  • Complete all the questions
  • Attach academic transcript
  • You may save your application to return to at any time
  • Click “submit” to lodge your application.

2. Successful applicants will receive an Offer Letter. Accept your offer and then activate your JCU logins, password and email account.

3. A JCU staff member will then contact you to discuss which module/s you would like to enrol in.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission participants must have completed at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline.

Are you interested in only completing one module, rather than the full program?

You can choose to complete an individual module instead of the full program. Please click here to register for individual modules. If you have any questions, contact

Local work integrated learning support

An experienced health professional of the same profession as the participant will be co-located or highly accessible (onsite and available >50% work hours). The health professional should have or be developing skills in training and education. The role is anticipated to require 60-90 mins per week of learning-focused engagement with the participant including:

  • advising on module selection to match the development plan to organisational requirements.
  • guiding contextualisation of learning activities to the local context e.g. identifying relevant organisational policy documents or clinical pathways of relevance to module topics.
  • reviewing and providing supportive feedback to the participant on specific  learning activities.
  • demonstration or supervised practice of clinical or professional skills that are in development.
  • support to identify and access local or organisational training resources that may assist general development goals or work on modules e.g. local in-service program, online training available to employees, method of accessing organisation library resources.

Allocated work time

The Rural Generalist Program is a work integrated learning program. Some activities will require access to resources and systems, discussions or meetings with colleagues, and other activities will need to be done in work time. Modules involve 22 hours of time commitment (3-4 hours per week) and are six weeks in duration. The majority of study time will need to be undertaken in the workplace. Access to a computer, organisation intranet (where relevant) and Internet in the work unit will also be assumed.


Rural Generalist Program 12 modules in total - $9600

Individual Modules  -  $800 per module

Fees can be paid by credit card and are due as per the Payment Due Date in the 2021 Calendar.

Admission dates


  • February -  applications close 25 January 2021
  • March - applications close 15 March 2021
  • May - applications close 3 May 2021
  • June - applications close 21 June 2021
  • August - applications close 9 August 2021
  • October - applications close 27 September 2021

Health Workforce Scholarship Program

If you’re an allied health professional undertaking the Rural Generalist Program, Health Workforce Queensland’s Scholarship Program may be able to provide financial assistance for you to undertake this post-graduate study.  The Scholarship Program aims to improve the skills and expand the scope of practice for remote, rural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander allied health professionals.

Scholarships will be provided to allied health professionals in remote and rural Queensland communities where up-skilling will be a direct benefit to the community and address the community’s health workforce needs. The Scholarship Program is available to allied health professionals, not solely employed by the Queensland Government, who are providing services to MMM 3-7 locations in Queensland.

For the full eligibility criteria, more information and to apply, visit the Health Workforce Queensland website.

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