CEO Update

Since my last update, some six months ago, the transition of Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program from the stewardship of the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) to the professional GP Colleges has continued albeit with a lack of significant progression. Unfortunately, as of June 21 2022 there remains no contract agreement between the two Colleges and the Department of Health (DoH). As a result, decisions relating to 2023 program development and delivery, staff recruitment, configuration and implementation of IT platforms and records management, acquisition of AGPT administration expertise, practice placements and agreements, asset transfer and the like remain unresolved. To say that we are at a critical juncture in transition is an understatement. With seven months until RTOs formally exit AGPT we, along with other stakeholders, hold grave concerns that the above complexities will not be resolved and, as a consequence, the substantial gains of the past will be impacted.

Despite this turmoil the EV community continues to deliver excellent outcomes. Round one intake for 2023 AGPT entry remains extremely strong with impressive application numbers for both our rural and general pathways, our fellowship examination pass rates are excellent, specific initiatives in improving rural participation, the refinement of educational delivery continue, pilot activities supporting improved practice teaching and learning and pioneering work in Aboriginal Health training are all yielding exceptional outcomes and adding to an already impressive program. In other programs external to the AGPT pathway (i.e. the Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation program and the Practice Experience Program) we continue to support our junior doctors and those doctors working towards fellowship. The commitment by our staff to these two programs in particular has been exceptional, particularly in a resource restricted environment.

Internally, the EV Board are focused on ensuring that our staff remain well supported in their various roles until the expiration of our contract. As a result it is pleasing to note that at this point staff turnover has been minimal, a sizeable achievement recognising not only the challenges of transition but continuing to operate in an environment heavily impacted by COVID-19.

In addition to AGPT and other program delivery, many of our staff have been supporting the transfer of policies, procedures, curriculum, resources, IT platforms, records management and the like. In fact, it is difficult to discern any part of our current operations that has not been shared through meetings and in excess of four hundred documents that has been made available to DoH for use by the Colleges. My deep admiration and respect for all our staff who continue to provide outstanding support within and external to our organisation.

EV continues to press upon all parties the urgency of the transition process, the need to act quickly and decisively and to communicate regularly with all stakeholders. We continue to offer support to all parties within our available resource base which remains limited due to our primary focus upon our current contract obligations and commitments to our registrars, supervisors, practices and communities. This load must now be shouldered by the DoH and both Colleges if we are to deliver commensurate future quality outcomes.

The next seven months will be a very difficult time in GP training as we move to a new and largely unknown system. You can however rest assured that EV has committed to transition and will do all that we can to support a successful change in management and delivery of the AGPT program.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Dr Mark Rowe

AGPT Semester 2 – Program Delivery

As communicated on 31 May 2022, from the beginning of Semester 2 2022, EV will incorporate face-to-face workshops in its current virtual delivery program. The hybrid workshop approach that EV will undertake (a mixture of virtual and face-to-face), as from Semester 2 2022, is informed by our last two years of operation and acknowledges what we have learnt re the advantages of virtual delivery.

Our approach will be to develop a program which meets the requirements and is appropriate for the content being delivered for individual groups. EV will be in contact with specific details during the first week of July.

In-practice contacts including observations
For activities such as External Clinical Teaching Visits/MiniCEX, Training Advisor Visits, and practice accreditation visits, EV is also planning for the option of these occurring in-person in Semester 2.

EV’s Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation strengthens the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, and is at the heart of many of the issues, including the Uluru statement and strategies such as Close the Gap and Sorry Day.

EV’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is a formal commitment to the process of encouraging and assisting all staff to understand, value and respect First Nations peoples and their histories and cultures.

EV’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) period formally ends in July 2022, with many of the RAP deliverables already achieved, or well on the way to being achieved within the official timeframe. We have recently held a National Reconciliation Week celebration for staff, we are progressing the cultural competency framework, and including these documents as part of our education program across the curriculum – these are just a few examples of how we continue to endorse and enshrine the RAP’s values into EV’s ongoing ethos and commitments. Big shout out to all of you who have made this possible and continue to support the work of the Aboriginal Health Team!

2022 EV Awards – Nominations Open 4 July!

The annual EV Awards recognise the knowledge, capabilities, and commitment of GP Training Practices, Supervisors and Registrars across Eastern Victoria.

2022 EV Award Categories:
Training Practice of the Year – Rural
Training Practice of the Year – Metropolitan
Supervisor of the Year – Rural
Supervisor of the Year – Metropolitan
Registrar of the Year – Rural Pathway
Registrar of the Year – General Pathway
Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Health

As this is the final year we encourage you to get behind the awards and shine the light on a colleague or your own practice.

You will be sent more information about the 2022 EV Awards and how to nominate soon. In the meantime, you can visit the EV Awards for full details.

EV eNews June 2022 Reports