Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence

About RACE

The Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network (RMCLHN) has established RACE – the Riverland Academy of Clinical Excellence.

The newly formed Academy aims to boost clinical training and employment across the Riverland Mallee Coorong region and will create exciting new opportunities for research and innovation.  RACE will also enable RMCLHN to further develop its culture of quality improvement and deliver on its commitment to excellence in clinical care.

RACE is a multidisciplinary division within RMCLHN, that has been created to deliver on our commitment to take responsibility for training our own clinical workforce, creating and improving relevant evidence bases for our clinical practice, and bringing the benefits of integrated teaching, research and clinical care to the communities in our region.

RACE articulates RMCLHN’s ambition to be a centre of excellence in rural health and highlights our commitment to medical education in our region and counteracting medical workforce shortages in line with the South Australian (SA) Rural Health Workforce Strategy, SA Rural Medical Workforce Plan the National Rural Generalist Pathway.

Our vision for RACE is that RMCLHN is a highly sought-after training region for medical graduates. Our projected outcome is that Trainee Medical Officer (TMO) positions are consistently filled with high quality graduates who progress to Fellowship training, through to consultant positions in RMCLHNRACE has two functions – Research and Education.


Through the research function, RMCLHN via RACE will collaborate with various universities, medical research institutes and organisations.

RACE research programs will enable Riverland residents to benefit earlier from the latest treatments as they are being developed. it will attract investment into our region and assist us in recruiting the very best clinician scientists to our hospitals and practices.

Research will be funded through various grants and organisations, such as through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).

Education and Training

The medical education program offered by RACE is called The Academy Pathway. The Academy Pathway will enable medical graduates to undertake all the required postgraduate training to achieve a Rural Generalist Fellowship based in RMCLHN.

Rural Generalism is a sub-speciality of General Practice that provides comprehensive general practice, emergency care and additional care that would ordinarily be referred to another specialist in the city, for example, obstetrics and emergency care.

Rural Generalists are recognised by a Fellowship of either the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).

To gain this Fellowship, a person must complete:

  • A university medical degree (4-6 years)
  • Employment and training as a junior doctor (2 years)
  • Training as a Registrar, including successful completion of a national examinations (4+ years)

Additional education programs, including programs for nursing, allied health and others professional groups will be added over time.

Find out more and apply

  • To find out more about training positions in RMCLHN, Rural Generalist Program South Australia website.
  • Apply through SA MET for intern and PGY2 positions for 2022.
  • For further information about collaborating on research and training with RACE, contact our Executive Director of Clinical Innovation, Professor Paul Worley.