One of 26 Regional Training Hubs will be based in Bendigo.
The hubs will create more opportunities for young doctors to stay, study, work and live in rural and regional Australia.
The North West Victoria hub will be based in Bendigo and led by Monash university in a collaboration with the Victorian Universities with Rural Clinical Schools.
Other Victorian hubs will be based in Gippsland, Western Victoria and the Goulburn Valley. They will be run by Monash, Deakin University and Melbourne University respectively.
Three new University Departments of Rural Health will also deliver more opportunities for undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health students to train in the regions.
The boost to Australia’s regional and rural health workforce was announced in April as the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.
Funds totalling $54.4 million have been allocated for the Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health.
Federal Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie said the regional hubs would create more than 140 full-time jobs.
“Both of these initiatives support high quality rural placements for health students from across Australia,” he said.
“(It will) help ensure rural communities have access to doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in the future.
“Supporting rural health training is an important way to address rural health workforce shortages.”
Regional training hubs will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for young doctors in the regions.
The UDRHs are gearing up to start providing rural training placements to nursing and allied health students, providing the opportunity to experience the benefits and challenges of becoming a rural health practitioner.
“Training facilities like University Departments of Rural Health are essential to the regional health workforce of the future,” Dr Gillespie said.
“These hubs will work with local health services to help move medical students through the pipeline.”