GP Synergy EGM adjourned - GP Synergy
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GP Synergy EGM adjourned

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On 1 December, the GP Synergy Board proposed a strategic partnership with the RACGP to ensure a smooth transition toward College-led training in NSW and the ACT. Under the proposed strategic partnership, the RACGP would become the sole member of GP Synergy. GP Synergy called an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for 22 December for GP Synergy members to vote on proposed constitutional changes that would give effect to the strategic partnership.

Following the formal opening of the EGM on 22 December, it was adjourned for a period of up to 30 days in accordance with the GP Synergy constitution. It will now be held on 20 January 2022.

Discussions with our members indicate the majority support the proposal and understand the importance it plays in minimising disruption for our registrars, supervisors and training facilities, and ensuring uninterrupted primary healthcare delivery in NSW and ACT.

The EGM was adjourned in response to requests from ACRRM and a small number of other members for more time to consider the proposal. Between now and the new EGM date, we will work closely with those members to provide them with the information they need to feel equipped to make an informed decision at the January meeting.

The risks to GP training in NSW and ACT of a failed or disruptive transition are significant. Each college plays a critical role in primary healthcare provision in NSW and ACT. It is in everyone’s best interests that transition to both ACRRM and RACGP College-led training succeeds.

We are currently less than 14 months from the commencement of College-led training and each college is approaching transition from a unique starting base. ACRRM is experienced in delivering GP training; they are currently successfully delivering the national Independent Pathway Program and the new Rural Generalist Training Program. Alternatively, the RACGP has not delivered GP fellowship training for over twenty years and unlike ACRRM, does not have in-house expertise and resources available to scale up right away. In NSW and ACT, 1,829 of 1,945 of GP Synergy registrars (94%) are pursuing the RACGP fellowship pathway, with 116 (6%) pursuing the ACRRM fellowship pathway.

We firmly believe that this proposal is the best option for the successful transition of the AGPT program to the colleges in NSW and ACT. We will keep our stakeholders informed of any changes as they occur.

More information about the proposal can be found here.