JFPP for students

The John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) is a truly unique opportunity. It offers the chance to experience the challenge and diversity of rural and remote Australia on your own terms. You will learn through real experience in a placement community for a total of eight weeks over three to four years whilst completing your degree. 

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This life-changing program provides an opportunity for you to:

  • spend time learning from a dedicated local mentor
    • get involved and experience life in a rural community
    • gain insights into quality patient care, and
    • build confidence, skills and professional networks.

    If you are selected, you will receive paid travel and accommodation, and a stipend to cover living expenses such as food, utilities and incidental transport while on placement, of $500 per week. Check to see if you are eligible for this unique program.

    About being a JFPP student

    Every student’s experience of the John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) is unique, but there are a few key things we put in place to make sure you get the most out of it. You will experience one-on-one mentoring with a rural doctor in a wide variety of health settings, for example:

    • Royal Flying Doctors Service
    • general practice
    • hospital
    • Aboriginal Medical Service, or
    • any other medical facility providing primary health care.

    You will be encouraged to fully experience your rural or remote community by interacting with local people and developing friendships. We arrange your mentor, a community contact and in most cases a community host. Their role will be to ensure you get the most out of your placement, both professionally and personally.

    To build connections, we aim to place you in the same community for a minimum of two weeks per year over three to four consecutive years. This approach results in a combination of a clinical and social experience that students, mentors and communities thoroughly enjoy. We are proud that many students return to their community post-program to work in their placement region.