Nationally, over the past few years there has been a significant decline in applications to the AGPT program, in particular to the rural pathway. GP Synergy is one of several Regional Training Organisations who have been affected by this national decline.
The decrease in applications has come as a surprise to everyone who expected applications to increase after the initial transition year where selection transferred from the Department of Health to the RACGP and ACRRM in 2017.
Collectively as part of the national Regional GP Training Organisation Network, and individually on behalf of NSW and ACT, we are working closely with ACRRM, the RACGP, the Department of Health and other stakeholders, to better understand the issues behind the fall in applications and ways to increase applications to rural general practice amongst graduates from Australian universities.
As part of our commitment to achieving workforce distribution across areas of need, for the 2020 AGPT program we will be offering up to 20% of all general pathway training places in the Central, Eastern and South Western Sydney (CESWS) subregion and up to 20% of all general pathway training places in the Nepean, Western and Northern Sydney (NWNS) subregion as a ‘composite pathway’.
Registrars who accept a position in the composite pathway will be required to undertake a minimum six-month full-time equivalent rural GP term placement in the Western NSW or Murrumbidgee subregion. This placement will be required to be completed within their first two GP training terms (i.e. GPT1 or GPT2). The remainder of their GP training time can be undertaken within a grouping of their choice within their allocated subregion.
For further information, please contact your local Education Coordinator (EC) or Practice Liaison and Support Officer (PLSO).