To support home grown rural doctors wanting to train to become GPs in the New England/Northwest NSW area, local general practice training provider, GP Synergy, is implementing a selection preferencing process for the 2015 Australian General Practice Training program intake.
Eligible doctors can apply for a limited number of positions which will ensure they are shortlisted to GP Synergy for consideration of a training offer in the 2015 program, regardless of the overall assessment score they received in the national Australian General Practice Training program assessments.
“A home grown doctor could be defined as someone who is currently residing in the New England/Northwest region NSW, grew up in the region, has family in the region, or has trained or worked in the region,” explained GP Synergy Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Oldfield.
“In addition to demonstrating their ties with the region, these doctors must also demonstrate how they plan to contribute to the primary health care provision in the New England/Northwest region in the longer term,” Mr Oldfield added.
Although the preferencing system does not guarantee the applicant will be made a training offer, Mr Oldfield says it does ensure these applicants have a greater opportunity to be considered for a training placement in the region and pursue their rural general practice aspirations.
“It is critical to encourage and foster interest amongst home grown doctors to become rural GPs and support a pathway for their training to ensure a sustainable primary care workforce in the region,” he said.