A message from the CEO
To say that the last four months in Australian GP Training (AGPT) have been dramatic would be an understatement. Having a reasonably assured process of transition to College-led training, the Department of Health determined that seismic change was necessary and that all programs associated with primary health care reform would be reviewed beginning with AGPT. Whilst no plan has emanated during the last four months, the debate has been constant although not always factual. Nonetheless, we await the response from government as to the new order whilst continuing to provide quality provision to our registrars, supervisors, practices and or communities. In recognition of the upheaval the Health Minister has extended current RTO contracts until Term 1, 2023.
We remain committed to general practice training and in particular Eastern Victoria and will continue to innovate and improve. Majorly, our focus will be on engagement with our partners and stakeholders. We understand and support that improvements in primary health care are a collective responsibility between all parties. Now more than ever this needs to come to the fore.
Next year we start with a 100% intake for AGPT. Despite the difficulties of 2020, we have worked extremely hard to coordinate recruitment efforts and it is pleasing that results illustrate same. The first time in our short history that 100% fill has been achieved.
I would also direct you our website and specifically the section on “Our Contribution”. The EVGPT Briefing Paper (which we will continue to update) provides an outline of the work done from 2016-2020 to support our vision of excellence in GP Training to support our communities. I think you will find that the achievements are particularly compelling and a testament to all our commitment.
Finally, I wish you and your families all the very best over this Christmas break. We look forward to 2021 and continuing to deliver quality outcomes. You have been a central player in the success of EVGPT and we hope and trust that we continue to enjoy that support.
Dr Mark Rowe,
Chief Executive Officer
2020 EV Awards
Thank you to everyone who nominated a worthy recipient for this year’s awards.
The winners were announced in November, and in case you missed it, they are:
Supervisor of the Year – Rural: Dr Michael Fitzgerald, Foster Medical Centre
Supervisor of the Year – Metropolitan: Dr Peter Mitchell, Cheltenham Medical Centre
Registrar of the Year – Rural Pathway: Dr Damian Hannon
Registrar of the Year – General Pathway: Dr Cheten Mistry
Training Practice of the Year – Rural: Tanjil Place Medical, Moe
Training Practice of the Year – Metropolitan: Bluff Road Medical Centre, Sandringham
Congratulations once again to all our winners! Read about the winners here.
COVID-19 Update – Workshop Delivery in 2021.1
EV adapted its program delivery due to COVID-19 and our response is summarized in the infographic.
EV will continue to deliver registrar, supervisor and practice manager workshops online in 2021.1. The workshop delivery for 2021.2 will be decided early next year and will be communicated to all stakeholders as soon as a decision is made.
For more information including an FAQ, visit our COVID-19 Information page.
Reconciliation Action Plan
EV Board and staff were proud to launch our second Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan in September 2020.
Within the three core pillars of reconciliation – Relationships, Respect and Opportunities – EV has committed to achieve 12 actions and over 50 deliverables in the July 2020 to December 2021 period. EV has invested in the formation of a dedicated RAP Working Group to assist us to achieve this ambitious Plan.
We thank Ms Christine Dernee from Reconciliation Australia, who presented at the launch and all guests who joined with Board Directors and staff at this important event.
We invite you to view this short visual presentation of our current RAP
Christmas and New Year Office Closure
EV’s offices will close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 23 December 2020 and reopen on Monday, 4 January 2021.