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Jun 20

EV Management and Staff congratulate Dr Dan Epstein on being acknowledged for excellence in the 2018 RACGP State Awards. Dan is delighted to be the RACGP Victorian Registrar of the Year. Dan is currently working in the capacity of an academic registrar where he is researching payment models of general practice health economics to increase access of quality care to vulnerable populations. This position also has a teaching role in the Department of General Practice at Monash University and a clinical role at The Hills Medical in Olinda. Outside of medicine Dan has many interests and working in general practice has enabled him to balance work and other pursuits. He is the founder of Vaxcards, a collectable card game for children to be incentivised and rewarded for vaccination featured in The Lancet last year. He was the runner up of the Rhode Scholarship in 2015 and has represented Australia in two different sports. Hoping to finish training early next year, he also hopes to continue to pursue research, teaching and clinical work. To see all the award winners visit the RACGP…

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Jun 04

Dr Carolyn O’Shea has been appointed Deputy Director of Training with EV. Her role begins on 4 June 2018 until the end of December 2018. We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Carolyn’s skills and broad program understanding to fill this temporary position.   Professor Neil Spike will continue as the Director of Training and liaise with Carolyn to continue to support the AGPT program for the remainder of the 2016-2018 contract period. This supporting position will allow Neil dedicated time on a weekly basis during this period to position EV for the implementation of the Practice Experience Program (PEP) pilot in January 2019.  

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Apr 23

The Annual General Meeting for EV was held at Berwick on Tuesday 17 April, 2018. The AGM saw a change to the composition of the EV board, as follows: New Directors: Sharon Muir (Eligible Registrar Rural) Andrew Rawlin (Eligible Registrar Metro) Tilak Dissanayake (Elected Supervisor) Continuing Directors: Letitia Clarke was reappointed as an elected Supervisor Director. Lea Pope was re-appointed as an independent Director. We farewell Grant Connolley, Mitch Kraan and Anthony Hadj who have completed their terms with the Board. These three Directors have each made valuable contributions to the governance and strategic direction of EV. The EV Board also acknowledged Grant Connolley’s outstanding contribution as a Foundation Director of EV.  

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Apr 13

Pictured:  Dr Jason Lam with Prof Ken Trinh (One of the originators of the Multiple Mini Interview system beloved of the Med schools) Dr Jason Lam, EV Medical Educator, has been working at the Commonwealth Games as a Medical Volunteer at Oxenford studios next to Movie World, home to boxing, squash and table tennis. He reports here from the Gold Coast on his experience. “I was lucky enough to be assigned to the Boxing at the Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018 which was pretty much the pick of medical placements in that we actually got to do things, saw exciting sport and was in air conditioned comfort (Table Tennis Doctors were very underutilised and the roving teams had huge backpacks in the sun and heat). The other plum gig was mountain biking – I’ll remember that for next time! Polyclinic at the Athlete Village was hectic and also had a supply room dedicated to condoms. In boxing there is a field of play doctor and one to two in the back room managing the post bout checks, suturing and concussion assessment. I…

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Dec 04

EV proudly launched its Innovate RAP at a function attended by about 50 personnel and guests on Friday, 1 December, 2017. Board Directors, Executive and staff from all cohort groups at EV, guided by our Cultural Advisors, contributed to the content and development of the RAP. The Aboriginal Health Training Advisory Group, which also performs the role of the RAP Working Group, had oversight of the development of the RAP over the past 12 months. The Advisory Group and EV was pleased to work with Karen Milward of Karen Milward Consultancy Services who guided us through the development and review process and liaised with Reconciliation Australia. EV congratulates all those involved in finalising the publication and for the RAP activities achieved to date. Copies of the RAP will be made available to all EV stakeholders and is also available on our website. A summary report of achievements will soon be available.

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Nov 15

EV is delighted to announce that Dr Cassie Rickard has been named ‘Rural Registrar of the Year’ at the RACGP GP17 Conference in Sydney.  Cassie is based at Gladstone Street Practice, Warragul and is an EV Registrar Medical Educator. Cassie has shown a genuine commitment to rural general practice during her relatively short time in the profession, and the RACGP’s 2017 Rural Registrar of the Year has made herself a valuable part of the local workforce in Victoria’s Gippsland region. Cassie’scommitment to rural healthcare has been evident from her time as a medical student, seeking out remote placements in East Gippsland, and the Northern Territory via the John Flynn Placement Program. She was also involved in the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme, receiving mentoring from a rural GP Anaesthetist. Her formative experience working in general practice through the now-defended PGPPP program as an intern at Trafalgar Medical Centre solidified her interest in the specialty. She was impressed by the scope of practice offered by rural GPs, and satisfaction of working within a small community. Through her early medical years…

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Nov 13

Eastern Victoria GP Training (EV) welcomes the recent announcement made by the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Sport, that the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) will take responsibility for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program from 2022. A transition period will take place between 2019-2022. EV looks forward to working closely with both RACGP and ACRRM to continue to deliver first-class training for general practice. Although delivery arrangements for GP training from 2022 have not been determined, the colleges have provided  Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) with the following information: The RACGP’s General Manager Education Services, Dr Mark Rowe has advised: “The RACGP model is focussed on retaining RTOs as the delivery organisations as is currently undertaken. We have explained to the Department of Health (DoH) and the Minister’s office that a current high quality and developed RTO network is integral to the model that has been proposed by the RACGP.” ACRRM’s CEO, Marita Cowie has advised: “We expect this change will bring an important opportunity…

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Oct 18

The Regional Training Organisation Network (RTON) consists of the 9 organisations in Australia, of which Eastern Victoria GP Training is one. RTON meet regularly to discuss current, ongoing and future issues relating to GP training. Read their latest media release here.

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