Vocational training in general practice offers the opportunity to undertake salaried training for a period of 12 months part-time, in an academic term as an extended skills post or as optional extra training.
The purpose of the term is to enable registrars to develop skills in research, teaching, project work and critical evaluation of research relevant to the discipline of general practice that will be of use throughout their careers and that will contribute to knowledge exchange and development.
The term must provide an experience relevant to general practice and/or primary care. Registrars are expected to develop understandings of research and teaching environments and the processes and benefits of cross-disciplinary research.
Academic Post Application Process
Expressions of Interest open each year around June for the following year. Dates will be placed on this website when they are released.
Registrars interested in completing an Academic Post must complete an Expression of Interest for the Department of Health.
2018 Academic Posts
Expressions of interest for the 2018 registrar academic posts will open on Monday 17 April 2017.
The academic posts are a great opportunity if you are interested in developing you research and/or teaching skills, or are considering an academic career pathway in the future.
The academic posts are a 12 month training term that includes a part-time (0.5FTE) academic component with a university and a part-time (0.5FTE) clinical component.
The posts aim to provide exposure to research and the academic environment and encourage registrars to incorporate academic work into their careers. By the end of the placement, registrars can expect to have undertaken a research project and submitted a paper for publication. This is an excellent opportunity to experience academic general practice and it may be the beginning of a career in academic medicine.
For information about this program, visit the RACGP website
If you are considering submitting an expression of interest or would like to discuss your options further, please contact:
Dr Cat Kirby, Research and Quality Assurance Advisor at Catherine.Kirby@evgptraining.com.au or
Dr James Brown, Director of Education Quality Improvement at James.Brown@evgptraining.com.au
Registrar Research Workshop
The Department of Health hold a Registrar Research Workshop (RRW) in Canberra during June for registrars who are considering undertaking an Academic Post the following year.
This workshop is designed to:
- inform prospective academic registrars about Academic Post training terms
- teach basic research skills which registrars can apply to their Academic Post application
- provide prospective academic registrars the opportunity to listen to the current academic registrars’ research presentations
- provide networking opportunities with both current registrars and academics.
Whilst it is encouraged that registrars attend the workshop it is not a compulsory activity when applying for an Academic Post.
The Department of Health will full fund up to 2 registrars per training region to attend the two day workshop. This includes flights, accommodation, meals and transfers. Flights and meals (outside venue catering) will be paid to RTOs on a reimbursement basis after the workshop.
Interested registrars should email firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to attend.
It is vital that registrars considering applying for an academic registrar position discuss their proposed research with the academic staff of Departments of General Practice from their preferred University AND the Director of Training.
The Gippsland region of EV offers training in Academic General Practice with positions attached to Monash University’s East Gippsland Regional Clinical School, Sale and Bairnsdale and the Gippsland Medical School, Churchill.
These are half time posts for 12 months and are usually undertaken alongside a general practice placement. These academic posts offer support in undertaking a research project and the opportunity to be involved in teaching and in program development. The posts are supported by the Department of Health with funding and research skills development.
By the end of the placement, registrars can expect to have undertaken a research project and submitted a paper for publication. This is an excellent opportunity to experience academic general practice and it may be the beginning of a career in academic medicine.
East Gippsland Regional Clinical School (Bairnsdale) – 12 months
Regional Clinical School (Gippsland) – 12 months
Academic Post Contact at EV GP Training
Cat Kirby, Research and Quality Assurance Advisor, email@example.com