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Jun 12

EV are involved across multiple GP training activities. We manage fifteen intern rotations into Gippsland training practices annually under the Commonwealth Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund program. We want to see this increase. EV also coordinates the placement of registrars into rural generalist, rural extended and advanced procedural skills and consolidation of skills posts across Gippsland Health Services under Victorian health funded model. However, there is uncertainty over recently announced changes and greater clarity is needed regarding access to these posts in the future. EV are also supporting participants undertaking the Practice Experience Program (PEP) via the RACGP in Eastern Victoria. The PEP is a recently implemented program going through a ‘settling in’ phase. Our core activity remains with two hundred training practices, the supervisors and practice managers and four hundred registrars currently training under the Australian General Practice Training Program. The EV 2018 Annual Report was presented at our AGM. The report outlined our achievements during 2018. View the snapshot below. For the past few months, we have been busy preparing the program structure and content for the…

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Jun 12

Research 2019 EV Research Unit Updates The EV Research Unit has had a busy and productive first half of the year. As our 2018-19 RACGP Education Research Grant (ERG) projects draw to a close, we are reflecting on what we have learned from our research, and how these learnings can best be used to inform our training program and educational practice. We are also looking forward to preparing several research proposals for the RACGP and ACRRM 2020 ERG rounds that open next month. Supervisors, medical educators, practice managers, registrars and program staff are central to the research and quality improvement activities undertaken at EV. We greatly appreciate the time and input that each of you contribute to our programs of research. We also encourage you to become involved in future research projects. It is a great way to share your experience with others and provides valuable information to enhance the education, training and support that we provide to GP registrars. Through our collaborative research with other RTOs and university partners over the past six to twelve months, we have contributed…

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Dec 10

Welcome to our latest EV newsletter. Thank you to all who deliver GP training across Eastern Victoria. GP Supervisors and Practice Managers: the cornerstone of the program for the significant majority of a registrar’s journey through GP Training in Eastern Victoria. We value your contribution to building the right skill sets for our future GPs, and for guiding them through the GP program. Medical Educators: provide a quality blend of clinical experience and education know how. They are both experienced and passionate about what they do. We are grateful for their inspiring dedication to enhancing the knowledge and understanding of our registrars. Our Program management and conscientious team of support staff know the program believe in what we do and strive for ongoing improvement. Medical Educators plus Program staff, equals excellence. Each of you make a difference – to the why, what and how we do it. Without you there may still be a program but … Best wishes for the festive season. Christmas and the new year are upon us and perhaps we celebrate what is to come as…

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Dec 07

GPA & GPO Workshop – October 2018 A two day combined GPO & GPA workshop for Advanced Trainees was held in Wangaratta and convened by Dr Andrew Haughton and supported by Drs Antony Wong, Bill Fraser, Greg Coates, Judith Krones, Louise Sterling, Patrick Stark, Philippa Murray and Kylie Waller. We would like to acknowledge the support and fantastic assistance provided by the University Melbourne Staff, Jan Garvey and Trent Hyde and the midwives from the Wangaratta Hospital and PROMPT nurse from Mansfield Hospital. Day 1 consisted of a full day of combined simulation scenarios which included specialists and nursing staff in a multidisciplinary team environment. On Day 2 of the program separate sessions were held for each group. The comprehensive educational program over the two days provided an opportunity for trainees to upskill as well as participate in combined education. A total of 14 trainees attended both days (9 GPAs and 5 GPOs). The feedback once again proved how beneficial these Workshops are for trainee GPAs and GPOs.  The opportunity to ‘practice’ skills in a non-threatening environment is essential to…

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Dec 07

What’s happening next year? As a result of EV’s continued investment in quality assurance and in research that has impact in the GP training and education context, Belinda Garth and Cat Kirby will start 2019 with new roles. Belinda will take over the management of the quality assurance portfolio in the role of Manager Quality Assurance, and Cat will continue to build on EV’s research capacity, performance and reputation in the role of Research Manager. This is exciting for us and enables a stronger focus on both portfolios; both of which are strongly linked.   EV Research Unit It has been a busy and rewarding period for the EV Research Unit. In the second half of this year we have welcomed Dr Julie Willems, who has become a valued part of the research and supervisor CPD teams. We have recently commenced a large national RACGP-funded research project, The development of a Work Based Assessment (WBA) framework for GP training and education, in collaboration with a number of RTOs across Australia. We encourage EV registrars, MEs and supervisors to get involved…

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Dec 07

Registrars on placement in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services In 2018, four registrars took up part time placements in ACCHS who between them will deliver approximately 52 FTE weeks of GP services. There has been a slow but steady increase in service delivery in these settings since Eastern Victoria GP Training formed in 2016 – 32 FTE weeks in 2016 and almost 46 FTE weeks in 2017. Five registrars will take up part time placements in 2019 at Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative in Bairnsdale, Ramahyuck Morwell and Bunurong Health Services in Dandenong. EV is grateful to the ACCHS that commit to providing a rich training experience for our registrars and to the supervisors who provide supervision, education and pastoral support to these registrars under a remote supervision model.   Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019 In 2018, there were over 60 RAP activities scheduled for action with approximately 55 completed or partially completed. Some highlights for the year include: Staff undertaking a guided tour of the Bunjilaka Exhibition at the Melbourne Museum as part of our cultural education program. Metro…

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Dec 07
RLO’s Update Hey ladies and gentleman, We hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for a fun filled summer! This will be a brief summer edition. We will be...
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Dec 07

Supervisor PD There are a few keys pieces of information for supervisors for 2019. GPTEC 2019 Melbourne The 2019 GPTEC conference will be held in Melbourne and co-hosted by EV and MCCC. This is the national conference involving all the stakeholders interested in GP training, the Regional Training Organizations [RTO’s] and the Colleges [RACGP and ACRRM] among others. Because it is to be held in Melbourne, quite a number of EV GP Supervisors and Medical Educators will be invited to attend. Of course there are significant costs related to this and because of this EV has made a decision not to hold residential workshops in 2019. We realize the residential workshops are highly valued by our supervisors. In place of the residential meetings in 2019, EV will hold some one-day supervisor events. These will complement our normal sub regional meetings. Supervisor Questionnaire: Thanks to all those that completed the recent supervisor questionnaire. You will have received some feedback from this recently in the form of an infographic which summarizes the main findings. We wanted to know: Level of supervisor satisfaction…

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Dec 07

In addition to EV’s registrar training program (part of AGPT), EV will also be involved in the new Practice Experience Program (PEP) from mid-January 2019. PEP is an education support program where the Initial Consulting Skills Analysis (ICSA) is completed by RACGP medical educators and forwarded to the RTOs to develop learning plans for the participants in their geographic region. The medical educators will be mentors and/or assessors in the program and are required to meet the requirements of the RACGP for each participant. Whilst EV is still awaiting final numbers of participants, the RACGP has advised that there will be 45 participants at EV in the program for the beginning of 2019. Nationally the number of participants is 288. Melanie Khan is the PEP Admin Coordinator and commenced this month. New medical educators will begin late in December or early January in preparation for the program. The RACGP have been providing a series of workshops for both MEs and admin coordinators. The A-V equipment in simulation centre at Hawthorn is being updated to enable EV to meet the direct…

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