Eastern Victoria GP Training (EV) welcomes the recent announcement made by the Hon. Greg Hunt, Minister for Health and Sport, that the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) will take responsibility for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program from 2022. A transition period will take place between 2019-2022.
EV looks forward to working closely with both RACGP and ACRRM to continue to deliver first-class training for general practice. Although delivery arrangements for GP training from 2022 have not been determined, the colleges have provided Regional Training Organisations (RTOs) with the following information:
- The RACGP’s General Manager Education Services, Dr Mark Rowe has advised: “The RACGP model is focussed on retaining RTOs as the delivery organisations as is currently undertaken. We have explained to the Department of Health (DoH) and the Minister’s office that a current high quality and developed RTO network is integral to the model that has been proposed by the RACGP.”
- ACRRM’s CEO, Marita Cowie has advised: “We expect this change will bring an important opportunity for ACRRM to work even more closely and meaningfully with RTOs to achieve a thriving rural GP and rural generalist workforce across Australia. We do not anticipate any sweeping changes or revolution in our engagement with RTOs as our prime partners in delivering our training program.”
At the heart of the AGPT program training model are the GP Supervisors and training practices. EV and other RTOs will have a key role to play in ensuring seamless training delivery and ongoing support for registrars, supervisors and other local stakeholders throughout the transition period. EV GP Supervisors, training practices, medical educators and the registrars themselves will continue to be placed at the centre of our training decisions.
Looking to the future, EV will continue to work closely with all stakeholders. We look forward to a continued and strengthened partnership in the shared journey.
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