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:

Level 1 is designed for the rural generalist training stage. 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:

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

Level 2 is designed for a rural generalist at the development stage. A health professional at this stage usually has more than 2 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 post graduate 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.

The Benefits

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

2020 Next Intake for Level 1 Rural Generalist Program - Applications Close 4th May 2020

Level 1 - Rural Generalist Program

Complete 12 modules in total from the following two domains.

Please read the module descriptions below as some modules require access to particular consumer populations, clinical supervisors and other requisites.

Rural Service Delivery Domain (Click to expand)

Complete 5 compulsory modules + Capstone module MO1007

*Participants need to select one from this group
**Participants must complete MO1001 Project Management Skills before enrolling in MO1007

Core modules

» [MO1001] Project Management Skills

» [MO1002] Rural and Remote Community Context*

» [MO1003] Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Context*

» [MO1004] Rural and Remote Organisational Context

» [MO1005] Strategies for Rural and Remote Service Delivery

» [MO1006] Quality Improvement


» [MO1007] Project Evaluation and Translating Outcomes**

Rural Generalist Practice Domain (Click to expand)

Complete 6 modules from a minimum of 3 focus areas 

***Participants must complete MO1005 and MO1025 before enrolling in MO1022

Focus areas

Ages and stages across the lifespan

» [MO1008] Child  Development

» [MO1009] Older Persons Health

» [MO1028] Child Health Conditions

Managing health conditions

» [MO1010] Diabetes and its' Sequelae

» [MO1011] Respiratory and Cardiovascular Conditions

» [MO1012] Neurological Conditions

» [MO1013] Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedic Subacute Conditions

» [MO1014] Community-based Cancer Care

» [MO1015] Psycho-social Well-being

» [MO1026] Drug and Alcohol Services

» [MO1031] Mental Health

Clinical skills

» [MO1016] Fast Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST)

» [MO1017] Quality Use of Medicines

» [MO1018] Care for High Risk Feet

» [MO1019] Oedema and Lymphoedema

» [MO1020] Orthoses for the Upper Limbs

» [MO1021] Food and Health

» [MO1027] Remote Medical Imaging

» [MO1030] Trauma and Crisis

Service-specific clinical skills

» [MO1022] Skill-sharing 1***

» [MO1024] Advanced and Extended Scope Exposure

» [MO1025] Education and Training

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Level 2 - Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice

Are you a more experienced rural generalist trainee or rural health professional? The Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice may be of interest to you.

Additional information for Level 1 - Rural Generalist Program

Admission Requirements (Click to expand)

Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline.

How to Apply (Click to expand)

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. Succesful applicants will receive an Offer Letter. The first step is to 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.

Are you interested in only completing 1 module, rather than the full program?

Our modules are also available for you to 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

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Support Requirements (Click to expand)

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-focussed 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 inservice 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 6 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.

Fees, Admission Dates & Scholarship Information (Click to expand)


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 2020 Calendar.



  • February - applications close 27 January 2020
  • May - applications close 4 May 2020
  • June - applications close 22 June 2020
  • August -  applications close 10 August 2020


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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