GP Synergy welcomes the recent announcement made by the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Sport, that negotiations are now underway with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for them to take responsibility for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program from 2022. A transition period will take place between 2019-2022.
This arrangement has been expected, and will bring many benefits for GP training into the future.
We welcome the significant lead time being provided for new arrangements to take effect. This provides surety for medium term arrangements as we prepare for the next contract period between 2019 – 2022.
Although delivery arrangements for GP training from 2022 have not been determined, the colleges have provided Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) with the following information:
- The RACGP’s General Manager Education Services, Dr Mark Rowe has advised: “The RACGP model is focussed on retaining RTOs as the delivery organisations as is currently undertaken. We have explained to the Department of Health (DoH) and the Minister’s office that a current high quality and developed RTO network is integral to the model that has been proposed by the RACGP.”
- ACRRM’s CEO, Marita Cowie has advised: “We expect this change will bring an important opportunity for ACRRM to work even more closely and meaningfully with RTOs to achieve a thriving rural GP and rural generalist workforce across Australia. We do not anticipate any sweeping changes or revolution in our engagement with RTOs as our prime partners in delivering our training program.”
“I have been part of numerous consolidation efforts over the past 15 years, and this announcement reflects the ongoing evolution of GP training,” said GP Synergy CEO, Mr John Oldfield.
“During each transition, of the highest importance has been maintaining support and minimising disruption to registrar’s training plans; and supporting and limiting impact on supervisors and training facilities.
“I have no doubt that this will remain at the forefront of decision making as plans for 2022 and beyond are determined.”
Moving forward we will continue our job of delivering high quality of training and education, and we will keep our stakeholders abreast of any new developments as they come to hand.
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