EV in partnership with Latrobe Regional Hospital has successfully filled all 15 GP non-core rotations for Gippsland Rural Intern Trainees (GRIT) and 4 rotations for junior doctors in the second postgraduate year (PGY2) for 2021. This program is part of the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation initiative funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health. Read the full Media Release here.
Thank you to everyone in the EV community for your support and hard work this year. Continuing to deliver GP training in 2020 would not have been possible without your commitment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at EV. Watch the Christmas Message from our CEO, Dr Mark Rowe on our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/L56ETaglru8
EV are saddened at the news of the passing of Dr Peter Lindstedt, an EV GP supervisor at Paynesville Medical Centre. We are so grateful to Dr Lindstedt for his support of registrars in the practice, and for his tireless commitment to Paynesville and the East Gippsland medical community over many years. We send our deepest condolences to Peter’s wife Jenny and to his children Ken, Leon and Sophie, a current EV registrar.
We recently met with the new National Rural Health Commissioner, A/Prof Ruth Stewart and discussed approaching solutions to the issues of rural GP recruitment and retention, with particular focus on pre-vocational opportunities for junior doctors. The rural pipeline has complex ‘bottlenecks’ and we are excited to work with A/Prof Stewart and other relevant agencies in creating innovative solutions and structural reform
We have been monitoring the difficulties of the RACGP KFP examination undertaken today. We note the frustration for all concerned particularly the distress people are feeling in an environment magnified with COVID-19, family disruptions, exam preparation and the like. EVGPT is here to support our registrars through this difficult time including presentation to the RACGP on your behalf to ensure that no disadvantage is present and that individual circumstances are considered. We will work with RACGP to ensure our registrars are sensitively and justly considered in these circumstances. Should you have any issues please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org If your concerns are of an immediate nature, please call my mobile on 0428 961 529 We will continue to converse with RACGP and inform you should any further decisions or actions which will be made that will affect you. Dr. Mark Rowe Professor Neil Spike Chief Executive Officer Director of Medical Education & Training
This week we met with the Jane Anderson and Alastair Edgar to discuss the Access to Services Action Plan which the Latrobe Health Advocate is overseeing. Some key issues touched on included distribution of workforce issues, supervision, research and importantly understanding community needs. We are excited to be working with Jane and the other organisations including Gippsland PHN, Latrobe City Council, Monash Rural Health involved in supporting this initiative #ruralgeneralpractice #communityhealth #GPpipeline
EV has achieved an excellent application rate for entry into GP training for 2021 across both rural and general pathways. EV’s rural training pathway attracted 52 applications for 39 places with the general training pathway receiving 145 applications for 80 places. “Eastern Victoria GP Training is an experienced and well regarded training organisation. We pride ourselves on our quality program, diverse delivery methods and our registrar satisfaction. While this year has had many challenges for our industry and for junior doctors due to Covid-19, we believe that general practice has proven to be an important pillar in primary health care delivery. GPs are at the front-line and are critical in caring for our communities,” says Dr Mark Rowe, CEO. Read the Media Release here Photo: Vermont Health Care, EV Accredited Training Practice
The process of having Rural Generalist Medicine recognised as a specialist field within the speciality of general practice has taken a significant step forward. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have submitted a joint application to the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) to formalise national recognition of the distinct work and skill set of Rural Generalists. RACGP Vice President and Chair of the Rural Council Associate Professor Ayman Shenouda and ACRRM President Dr Ewen McPhee agree that this is a critical step toward achieving a thriving Rural Generalist workforce which will meet the healthcare needs of people living outside urban areas. “Formal national recognition will create a clear career path for aspiring Rural Generalists. It will also address the many system barriers that trainees and practitioners currently face in gaining their qualifications and providing their skilled services in rural and remote areas,” Dr McPhee said. “A strong Rural Generalist workforce is a critical component in addressing the well-documented inequities in access to healthcare for rural and remote communities,”…