From the CEO

By January 28, 2016No Comments

From the CEOWelcome to the first newsletter for EV GP Training (EV). As a new organisation there are a range of important matters we are diligently working on so that GP training in our region can be delivered in the most effective, high quality manner.

Recruitment for EV is all but complete. We were delighted with the take up of acceptances by existing supervisors, medical educators and program support staff to continue their involvement through EV GP Training. As we know, the last year was full of uncertainty. To have people on board who know what it means to deliver a quality GP training program in Eastern Victoria, is both gratifying and augurs well for our current and future cohorts.

EV will have approximately 400 registrars training throughout Eastern Victoria this year. This includes the 122 commencing with the 2016 intake. Some 150 training practices will participate in the training and supervision of our registrars this year including over 40 training practices across Gippsland. The Training Practices, Supervisors and support staff, and our Medical Educators are the backbone of EV without which there is no program.

I want to acknowledge the effort and commitment of our staff over the transition from former RTPs to EV. It has been tremendous. Of particular note, all practice-ready registrars have been successful in obtaining a placement for Semester 1 2016. While we may think of this as a given, the practice match process for 2016 was impacted by the combination of record registrar numbers, new training regions and the changeover from former RTPs to new RTOs. The Hawthorn office was responsible for matching all general pathway registrars across both Eastern and Western Victoria and their effort in delivering a successful outcome is to be applauded. Our Churchill office likewise ensured a seamless practice match for all concerned and the existing knowledge and experience of our Gippsland people is comforting to those involved.

Limiting change across 2016 remains important for EV as we prepare for commencement of the new training year. However some change will be unavoidable. For example, attention is currently focused on EV training policy and associated framework documents to ensure alignment with revised AGPT program requirements. It is vital we have up to date program policy and procedures for the Eastern Victorian region available to registrars and training practices, reflecting any and all changes to both training standards and AGPT policy. Similarly in the second quarter of calendar 2016 we will undertake a review of payment and funding arrangements for practices and registrars from a whole of region perspective with any resulting changes commencing 2017. It is important we do this to reflect how best to allocate our resources across the Eastern Victoria region within available resources. Key to getting this right will be engagement with and feedback from those who deliver and participate in training across the region.

Both supervisors and medical educators are gearing up for in-practice and workshop commencement while our program support teams are busy. EV expects to hold its first Supervisor residential over 6-7 May at San Remo. This will be a great opportunity for Supervisors from across Eastern Victoria to gather, share ideas and learn in a collegiate environment. Further information will be available on our first Supervisor residential in the near future.