At the time of writing this report the RACGP has announced its plans to establish a dedicated 'division' of its operation, with equal standing, for the ongoing management of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. With respect to RTOs they state:
“The RACGP Board is excited at the opportunity to work with Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) to train general practice registrars and ensure a strong, committed, passionate and skilled future GP workforce.”
The full announcement can be found here: https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/racgp/new-portfolio-for-the-racgp
This is welcome news that reiterates the RACGP's strong and enduring commitment to working with the RTO network for the future delivery of AGPT and beyond the current contract period to 2021. The recently added Practice Experience Pathway (PEP) program, the pending Rural Generalist program, and a host of research projects has sharpened our resolve to ensure our structures, processes and culture are adaptable and capable of meeting these demands.
Whilst both the colleges and the Department of Health (DoH) have indicated that the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) will be retained to deliver AGPT into the future, it is reasonable to expect some changes and improvement over time. In that vein ACRRM is currently undertaking a review of its program structure and delivery arrangements beyond 2021. GP Synergy intends to work closely with ACRRM to ensure our program adapts to meet their intended objectives into the future.
A Transition Working Group consisting of key stakeholders, including RTO representatives has previously been established to focus on a communication strategy and key milestones in the transition of AGPT from the Department to the colleges. Given the pending federal election and the governments ‘caretaker’ provision to deal with ordinary matters of administration only limiting its capacity for any major changes, the next meeting will likely be held in July 2019. We will continue to keep you updated as the transition period progresses.
2020 AGPT selection change
Further to our previous correspondence, GP Synergy has reached agreement with the Department to establish a composite pathway to bolster training in Western NSW and other rural areas of medical service need. 2020 general pathway cohort registrars in the Sydney region will be provided offers to rotate to the Western NSW training region specifically, to conduct a portion of their community based training within their first year. This program will come into effect in 2020 in Western NSW. We aim to expand the program into other areas where there may be a projected deficit of health workforce.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries in relation to the above.
John Oldfield | CEO
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