Rural Health West administered Pre-Fellowship Program

The Australian Government’s Pre-Fellowship Program (PFP) was announced as part of the 2023-2024 Strengthening Medicare initiative, replacing the More Doctors for Rural Australia Program.

The PFP offers non-vocationally recognised (non-VR) doctors the opportunity to gain valuable general practice experience prior to joining a general practitioner College-led Fellowship pathway. The program will improve access to health care for Australians where it is most needed and Rural Health West will administer the program in Western Australia.

The PFP is open to international medical graduates and other non-VR doctors who are Australian citizens and permanent or temporary residents. Doctors can have general, provisional, or limited registration. Eligible doctors can work in general practices and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services in Modified Monash (MM) 2-7 locations, as well as MM 1 locations with Distribution Priority Area classification.

Refer to the DHAC website for detailed program objectives and eligibility criteria for both doctors and participating practices/health services or contact the Rural Health West PFP team at for more information.