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Dec 13

Hasn’t the year flown! Hard to believe we started with a new organisation with a changed training region and … lots of unknowns. How then did we deliver quality GP education and training? The answer lies in the combination of our dedicated staff and the GP supervisors, practice managers and staff of our training practices. Without each we simply don’t have a quality education and training model. It was vital from the outset to retain experienced people from previous years. Thankfully this happened and the contributed knowledge and wisdom of this year has allowed us to build the integrated education model we will deliver over the next two. Just as importantly our training practices have continued to bring registrars into their fold – to supervise, teach and train in a quality setting. Sounds obvious but represents the very heart of what we do. Many newly accredited training practices have also come on board. Without your willingness to train registrars, many would be without a placement next year. So on behalf of EV thank you for your time, support and commitment….

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Aug 03

New supervisor research project Belinda Garth is leading a Department of Health funded research project to understand the experience of becoming a new supervisor. The seven participants have been very generous in their willingness to provide a view into their experience of becoming a supervisor. The data collection is near complete. It is clear that the project will be a rich informant for developing and improving the ways in which we support new supervisors. We will be sharing selected insights at the national GP training and education conference in late August. Gippsland Integrated Training Pathways A scoping and feasibility study of ways to better integrate rural medical training in Gippsland has recently been completed and has important recommendations including building the training opportunities for graduates pursuing a career in GP. Clearly EV is a major stakeholder in this space. Under Julie Rogalsky’s leadership, EV has contributed significantly to this report. We will continue to work with other organisations to build and support the rural pipeline.

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Aug 03

Practice Match > Metro Round 1 of the Practice Match for metro registrars and practices closes on Friday 5 August. Please ensure all preferences are submitted by close of business Friday using the online preference form. All outcomes of the match will be communicated via email by Friday19 August. Please contact David Riddell if you have questions. > Gippsland Round one of the practice match for GPT3/4 registrars has now closed. Round two of the practice match for registrars commencing GPT1/PRR1 Supervisor Regional Meetings The regional groups in the metropolitan region will again be meeting in August. The topic of the workshops will be “Expose Your Teaching”. All supervisor are encouraged to bring a short recording of a teaching session they have done recently to discuss with their colleagues. Recording yourself can be challenging but we know it is a powerful learning tool everyone is encouraged to be involved and take part. Patrick has already provided a recording of a session to get the ball rolling. We will also have an update about what is happening in EV. Supervisor Liaison Officer…

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Aug 03

“The world as we have created it, is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” Albert Einstein The EV education team are continuing their tremendous efforts to review the existing components of the Gippsland and metropolitan programs to determine where integration across the region will be both effective and efficient. The Senior Educator Leadership Team (SELT) continue their monthly meetings with guidance from the portfolio coordinators and lively, productive discussions on future plans. In addition to these monthly meetings, an all-day planning meeting will be scheduled for September. The broader education team met in Churchill on 22 July for a professional development day coordinated by Patrick Kinsella. Such days are vital, not simply to improve the skills of the EV MEs, but also as an important communication opportunity to improve our understanding of the differing contexts across the EV footprint. The next ME meeting will be held in conjunction with the GP Supervisor residential in October. EV MEs will be presenting a range of papers and workshops at the General Practice Training and Education…

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Aug 03

Semester 2 commenced on 1 August. It is hard to believe we are already into the second half of the GP training year. Planning is well advanced for our second Supervisor residential for the year, to be held at Yarra Valley Lodge in October. Those who attended the event at this venue last year will know it is an enjoyable two days of collegiate, peer learning activity. ACRRM recently undertook a review of their training standards. We have appreciated the level of engagement by ACRRM with the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs), including EV. The process should result in a well-informed set of updated standards for next year. Training capacity continues to raise concern. Our practice coordinators and program support staff have been engaging with existing practices and following up expressions of interest for the accreditation of suitable additional training practices. We recognise the challenges inherent in delivering an equilibrium of training supply and demand during a period of record year-on-year registrar numbers. With the election now behind us it is hoped policy direction in primary care including GP training, will…

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Aug 03

Recording of Teaching and Consultation Time – Tips for Registrars Some helpful tips when filling out your teaching and consultation time. > Metro > Gippsland Exam Dates The key dates for enrolment in exams are outlined below.  Please ensure that your portfolio is up to date and that all requirements for your stage of training is satisfactorily completed to enable EV to confirm your enrolment otherwise you will be unable to sit the exams. Registrars must advise EV’s program staff of their intention to enrol in any exam segment. > RACGP Enrolment period Segment Enrolment dates Fee (AUD) Assessment dates Results date S2.2016 OSCE 15/3/2016-9/9/2016 $3980 30/10/2016 8/12/2016 S1.2017 AKT 19/9/2016-2/12/2016 $2120 4/2/2017 16/3/2017 S1.2017 KFP 19/9/2016-2/12/2016 $2120 4/2/2017 29/3/2017 For more information, visit RACGP\exam enrolments > ACRRM Enrolments for semester 2.2016 have now closed (except for certain AST projects).  Registrars are encouraged to refer to the ‘Dates and Enrolments’ page of the ACRRM website and the Fellowship Assessment Handbook for more information. Registrar Handbook Semester 2.2016 The Registrar Handbook has been updated for semester 2, 2016 and is now…

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Aug 03

EV has now been operational for six months and it is pleasing to report that we are in a sound financial position. All Board Committees have been established and have met on at least one occasion with the Terms of Reference for each committees reviewed and updated. We are in the process of setting the first date of the Regional Interests Advisory Committee (RIAG) which acts as an advisory group to the Board. The Board is in the process of developing a program of guest speakers and professional development which aligns with our Strategic Directions. During August the Board will work with management, staff and stakeholders as we prepare a Reconciliation Action Plan for EV. This is an important piece of work that demonstrates our commitment to Closing the Gap, respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and reconciliation in Australia. The Board noted the re-election of the Turnbull Government and the re-appointment of Ms Sussan Ley as the Minister for Health, we look forward to working with them on enhancing general practice training in Eastern Victoria. As the Chair of…

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May 23

EV welcomes the following staff to the organisation: Pauline Gunn, Data Quality and Training Records Administrator – General Pathway Jenny Lamb, Data Quality and Training Records Administrator – Rural Pathway (maternity relief for Alice Winning) Julieanne McLuckie, Program Manager – Gippsland Medical Workforce Planning Dr Brad Martin, ACRRM Support (filling in for Dr Elise Ly while she is on leave) Auntie Nellie Flagg, Cultural Advisor New ME coordinators have been appointed: Dr Heather McGarry, Group Education Coordinator Dr Caroline Johnson, Registrar Support and Progress Coordinator (General Pathway)

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May 23

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better. I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” – Elon Musk Quality Assurance Things have been busy over Research & Quality Assurance. As you will already know, bringing together two high quality training programs and merging them into one cohesive program is quite a task! From a QA perspective, it has been critical to establish a foundation for ensuring we meet our training obligations. As such, our QA framework and Approaches to program planning, implementation and evaluation are essentially complete. These documents provide a process for us to ensure our education and training programs, including in-practice and out-of-practice training activities and resources, meet their learning objectives and align with EV’s strategic objectives, priorities and KPIs, and RACGP and ACRRM training standards. Together with James Brown and Andrew Roberts, we have also led the charge to generate EV Principles of Operation….

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