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 upcoming General Practice Training and Education Conference – GPTEC 2019.
EV are co-hosts for this event, to be held in Melbourne from the 3 – 5 September. One hundred and twenty GP Supervisors from across Eastern Victoria have already confirmed their attendance and I am confident we can build on this number. It would be great to see as many GP Supervisors there as possible. It is likely Eastern Victoria will have the greatest representation of Supervisors and we are working hard to deliver relevant and interesting subject matter for all delegates.
Our EV medical educators are also well-represented across the conference program. Presenters will deliver a variety of content designed to test thinking and expand knowledge. I am very proud that EV has built the financial capacity to support attendance by a big number of our medical educator staff. Considering GPTEC is a ‘headline event’ on the GP training and education calendar, I strongly encourage you to be a part of it.
Each of the above provided a labyrinthine network of programs, pathways and models, training the next generation of Australia’s quality primary care workforce. All of us are working within a shifting policy framework, whilst transitioning to two College led GP training, the finer details of which remain uncertain. Your valuable contribution allows this network to continue delivering, might I say ‘despite the challenges’. It helps that EV has amazing staff who believe in what we do. Thank you. I Hope you find our newsletter engaging.