The following short films were produced to promote STP funded training positions located in regional and rural areas. These productions were funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health’s Specialist Training Program (STP).
The College acknowledges the support of trainees, intensive care consultants, all media personnel and members of the College involved in the production of these films and appreciate them sharing their experiences with us to promote rural training in intensive care medicine.
Why Intensive Care Medicine? Why rural?
With over 1200 Fellows across the world to support you, take a look at what The College can offer. If you want 'a very unique case mix' with indigenous communities, more one-on-one with Supervisors and access to a 'breadth of procedures not available in the metro zone' then consider rural options. You may stay longer like many other trainees.
The STP Operational Framework applies to the entire Specialist Training Program funded under the Health Workforce Program fund.
Performance reports are due from units on following dates:
For more information on how rural loading and PICS funding can be used and find out more about college payment process, please view the College Rural Support Loading Guidelines document and PICS Management Guidelines document.
Upcoming events and courses
A 2-day course will be held at the College.If you are a CICM STP trainee between 2022-2025, you are eligible to secure a spot.
2024 Course dates: 29-30 August 2024
Time : 0830 – 1700 (both days)
Registration : TBC
CICM STP trainee and SOT inclusions for the course:
(Please note accommodation will be organised by the College depending on your course travel itinerary)
For More information and to save a spot, please contact STP Coordinator
Message from the Convenor
We are excited to invite you to be part of the rural conference in Alice Springs June 19th to 21st. The beautiful Mc Donnell ranges are the backdrop for the conference.
Provision of healthcare in rural and remote areas has its own special challenges. We want to explore these challenges with you. We will share the innovations that have helped advance critical care provision and ask in what ways can we walk together to make further advancements.
We will look at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, inequities that exist, how these are reflected in the Intensive care admissions and, most importantly, discuss steps to address these. We will be showcasing Aboriginal knowledge, exploring how history has affected health and wellbeing and listen to the insights of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients. We examine First Nation Health challenges at the present and how climate change may increase the challenges.
We are lucky to have passionate and interesting speakers who are inspired by challenges and have turned them into learning opportunities.
The conference will end with a Q and A. An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel hosted by Stan Grant will answer our questions on how Health care needs to change to improve outcomes for our First Nation people.
Stay a little longer after the conference to enjoy the National Parks of Central Australia or go to the Beanie festival. See what makes Alice Springs special. The country, the people, the art, and the community events.
Convenor Penny Stewart
2024 CICM Regional and Rural Critical Care Conference Program and Speakers
View Program and Speakers
Registrations are now open
CICM STP trainees and SOTs inclusions:
Expression of interest (EOI) / Sponsorship to attend the 2024 CICM STP Regional and Rural Critical Care Conference
The College is pleased to offer sponsorship opportunity to two AIDA members to attend the conference. Sponsorship will include:
The applicant must be: -Indigenous medical doctor with AIDA membership
Please contact STP Coordinator
Applications for the Integrated Rural training Pipeline-Specialist Training Program (IRTP-STP) funding will open from 9am (AEDT) Monday 4 March 2024, for a 5-week period and closes at 5pm (AEDT) Friday 4 April 2024.
Training posts located within MM2-7 with ability to meet IRTP-STP funding objectives are invited to participate in this application round.
Please note, being successful in the application process does not guarantee funding, applications deemed suitable will be placed in the CICM Reserve list and funding will be offered based on priority if any training posts in the funded post list becomes available.
Please refer STP eligibility criteria under STP Operational Framework to find out whether your facility is eligible for funding. To find out eligibility criteria for STP funding, see: FAQ eligibility criteria
If you wish to apply for IRTP-STP funding, please visit Department of Health Website – Applying for a new training post under the STP
If you have any questions, please contact Sumithra Abeygunasekera on (03) 9514 2826.
For a training post to be eligible for STP funding the post must be based in either:
STP is an Australian Government initiative funded under the Health Workforce Program fund. The College play a vital role by administering and managing intensive care medicine funding allocation under the program.
The Department of Health is responsible for the STP program policy and management of applications through the Expression of Interest (EOI) process for funding. An EOI lodged by a training setting may be determined by the Department as suitable for inclusion on the Reserve List following an assessment by the relevant jurisdiction, and assessment and recommendation by the College.
In order for a EOI to be rated suitable and form part of a college reserve list it must be supported by both the jurisdiction and college. There is no appeal process for the EOI.
The Department conducts EOI rounds at least every two years or as required, to identify additional training posts to add to the college’s STP reserve list. Any such round would be governed by principles and relevant processes outlined in the STP Operational Framework.
STP funding is paid to the training sites twice per year, at the end of each semester:
No - If the training site failed to recruit and place a suitable trainee (CICM trainee) for the funded post, the unit will not receive STP funding allocation (salary support / RSL / PICS) for the period.
The training site must notify the College immediately if a STP funded training post is going to be vacant for 3 months or beyond, so the College can re-allocate STP funding to a training site on the STP Reserve List.