John Flynn Placement Program

John Flynn Placement Program

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Introducing rural lifestyle and medicine to medical students.

The John Flynn Placement Program provides 300 undergraduate medical students the opportunity to experience clinical practice and lifestyle in rural and remote locations across Australia.

The John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and is designed to attract the future medical workforce into a remote and rural career through lifestyle and work experience in rural locations.

Successful JFPP scholars spend eight weeks over three to four years in a remote or rural community with a one-to-one professional mentor, community host and contact. 


Seeking GP Mentors, Community Hosts and Contacts

JFPP scholars are paired with a mentor from the community to expand their clinical knowledge. Doctors who choose to become a mentor will have the opportunity to pass on skills and life lessons to medical students, and discuss the benefits of practising in a rural location. 

It is equally important for JFPP scholars to engage in a rural community and fully experience life in a rural location. Scholars are placed with a host and reside at the host’s home for the duration of their placement. Both a host and community contact (not required to be a health professional) are the key link between the scholar and the community – making introductions to other residents, organising social activities and providing opportunities to experience the rural culture.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, community contact or host for a JFPP scholar visit the JFPP website or email

Being a community contact for the John Flynn Placement Program is very rewarding, positive and beneficial to the whole community of Lorne. I would highly recommend and it has be a privilege to participate.

Michelle Wallis – Community Contact

We have hosted several students over the last three years. We are retirees and have lived in Sale all of our lives and we are very proud of where we live and all it has to offer. We really enjoy the company of the young people and love showing them around Sale and district.

All of the students that we have had stay with us have become good friends, and always tell us they have had a great experience here. We recommend this program to anyone that has the time.

Brenda and Doug – Community Hosts

Working in a small rural health service, I see first-hand what kind of impact a ‘doctor shortage’ can have on a community. So when the John Flynn Placement Program was mentioned to me, I saw this as an opportunity to assist my local medical clinic and an opportunity to promote the rural lifestyle of my community.

Helen Cramer, Cohuna District Hospital – Community Host

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