From the CEOs Desk (August 2016)

By August 3, 2016No Comments

Semester 2 commenced on 1 August. It is hard to believe we are already into the second half of the GP training year.

Planning is well advanced for our second Supervisor residential for the year, to be held at Yarra Valley Lodge in October. Those who attended the event at this venue last year will know it is an enjoyable two days of collegiate, peer learning activity.

ACRRM recently undertook a review of their training standards. We have appreciated the level of engagement by ACRRM with the Regional Training Organisations (RTOs), including EV. The process should result in a well-informed set of updated standards for next year.

Training capacity continues to raise concern. Our practice coordinators and program support staff have been engaging with existing practices and following up expressions of interest for the accreditation of suitable additional training practices. We recognise the challenges inherent in delivering an equilibrium of training supply and demand during a period of record year-on-year registrar numbers.

With the election now behind us it is hoped policy direction in primary care including GP training, will be actively debated. Such debate must include the need to maintain a sustainable, accessible and well-trained GP workforce into the future. EV will be informing the conversation on policy direction in GP training and we believe the following topics would be a good start:

  • Number of future registrars needing to be trained
  • Geographic location of their training
  • Training content
  • Level of financial support provided to those delivering the GP supervision/training
  • Evolution of program policy in a manner designed to achieve optimum outcomes for GP training and future primary health care delivery.

Commonwealth support for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program achieved significant outcomes over the last fifteen years. It will be important for decisions regarding future registrar numbers, registrar allocations and program policy direction to be based on well-informed, on-the-ground engagement with those who have contributed to the program’s success. Many of our people – medical education staff, GP supervisors and practice managers – have been delivering GP training for the entirety of the AGPT program, and longer! They know what works and are involved in developing new ideas, at the local level.  EV is well-positioned to contribute to and influence policy debate on the future direction of GP training in this region.

Finally, thank you to all those who participated in the National Assessment Centre interviewing of some 450 AGPT applicants over the weekend of 16-17 July. From our Program Support Staff to the Supervisors and Medical Educators who interviewed and assessed each applicant through the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process, the weekend was a success due to the contribution of those involved.