The John Flynn Placement Program (formerly the John Flynn Scholarship Scheme) was established in 1997 as part of the Australian Government's long term strategy to attract more doctors to practice in rural and remote Australia and improve the quality of health care in these areas.
Each year 300 rural placements are available to medical students from 21 Australian universities, including the Australian National University. After registering and completing an application, successful students are matched with a doctor in a rural location.
Whilst undertaking their tertiary studies, students spend two weeks each year over three or four years working alongside a rural doctor, experiencing the diversity of rural practice and expanding their hands-on skills. During their rural placement, most students reside with a community host or are provided a community contact that gives them an exclusive insight into the social and cultural life of rural Australia.
Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited medical program at one of the 21 participating universities, including the Australian National University. JFPP Scholars are required to complete eight cumulative weeks of placements in the same community within a four year period and must be able to complete these placements during university breaks. Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply.