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.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries at any time.
John Oldfield | CEO
In 2020, GP Synergy will be implementing a composite pathway to bolster training in Western NSW and other rural areas of medical service need. This involves a portion of 2020 general pathway cohort registrars in the Sydney region rotating to the Western NSW training region for part of their community based training within their first year. We aim to expand the program into other areas where there may be a projected deficit of health workforce.
Regional registrar education update
Registrars across NSW and ACT continue to come together throughout their training terms for regional education delivered by local medical education teams in Armidale, Canberra, Ballina/Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, and Wagga Wagga.
Supervisor professional development in action
We are well into the first half of the year's supervisor professional development program, with events held so far in Bateman's Bay, Bega, Sylvania Waters, Dubbo, Newcastle, Penrith, Port Macquarie, Sydney, Wagga Wagga and Wollongong.
Practice and Supervisor Quality Framework
GP Synergy has implemented a new Practice and Supervisor Quality Framework that applies to all practices and supervisors. The framework is in response to stakeholder feedback and internal review to ensure that registrars are exposed to holistic care and emulate behaviours and attributes that are markers of a good doctor. Where appropriate to do so, our vision is to remediate performance gaps, thereby elevating overall quality of the training environment which may translate to better health outcomes for the wider community.
It’s a busy time for GP Synergy’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education Unit (ACEU) with implementation of the new 2019- 2021 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategic Health Plan.
National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week are culturally significant events that GP Synergy recognises every year.
The Chippendale office has moved to Alexandria!
GP Synergy's Chippendale office has relocated to Building 2, 75 O'Riordan St, Alexandria. The move was due to the end of the Chippendale lease. We look forward to welcoming you to our new office.
One of the difficulties in addressing the mental health of doctors is that a stigma still exists. There is the erroneous belief that it shows weakness to admit they are struggling.
Burn out is common. Depression and anxiety in doctors is common.
GP Synergy has collated a number of resources on our website that you, your colleagues and trainees may find helpful. These resources include practical support resources, self-assessment resources, support organisations, lists of GPs happy to see doctors in training, and information on demystifying mandatory reporting requirements.