Program Design for the Rural Generalist Training Foundation Year

CLIENT: NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)

DATE: 2015

KBC was engaged to review the current progress of the NSW Rural Generalist Program in order to inform program improvements through the development of a structured foundation year program. The review involved an industry scan of national approaches and consultations across rural NSW.

Key Deliverables:

  • Industry scan of national approaches to foundation years in Rural Generalist programs
  • Development of the Review Framework
  • Discussion paper to inform consultations including background and issues requiring resolution
  • Consultations with Rural Generalists, specialist supervisors, HETI program managers, Local Health District managers and clinicians
  • Final report incorporating recommendations for foundation year including: selection process; assessment criteria and program components


  • Foundation Year has been implemented for new Rural Generalist Trainees.
  • KBC engaged to develop further aspects of the program including the support and supervision structures during the transition to general practice following completion of Advanced Skills Training.