What work will the registrar be doing?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of general practice is continuity of care, as exemplified by the description of general practice as “cradle to the grave” medicine. The provision of maternity care is an excellent example of this. It is rewarding to be involved with a woman prior to, during and after her pregnancy. Being there at the birth is a very special privilege. As well as being enjoyable, there is also a real need for general practitioners (GPs) to be involved in maternity care, especially in rural areas where specialist obstetricians are not always readily accessible.

For this reason, as part of their general practice training with EV registrars are encouraged to develop their obstetric skills. The qualifications available for maternity care include the Diploma and Advanced Diploma from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Adv). To obtain the Diploma, a registrar must undertake a hospital-based obstetric term and pass a written and clinical examination. A registrar must complete a six month term to acquire DRANZCOG, while a 12 month term is required to obtain a DRANZCOG Advanced Diploma. The 12 month DRANZCOG Advanced Diploma includes training to perform caesarean sections, whereas this training is not included in the DRANZCOG.


Skills to be gained within the post:

EV has developed a comprehensive training program for registrars who wish to pursue their interests in maternity care. Once a registrar has completed their hospital training they can undertake community-based obstetric training while also completing their routine general practice terms. During the Community Obstetric Composite Posts, registrars will undertake additional skills training in areas such as ultrasound and obstetric emergencies. They will also attend conferences and receive support from experienced GP obstetricians and consultants.

The purpose of the Community Obstetric Composite Posts is to assist the registrar in the transition from hospital-based registrar to independent, competent and confident GP obstetrician.

Obstetric training can contribute towards the awarding of the Fellowship in Advanced Rural General Practice (FARGP) or Fellowship of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM).

Existing Posts:


Central Gippsland Health Service (Gippsland) – 6 months

Latrobe Regional Hospital (Gippsland) – 6 months

West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Gippsland) – 6 months


Latrobe Regional Hospital (Gippsland) – 6 months

West Gippsland Healthcare Group (Gippsland) – 12 months

Central Gippsland Health Service (Gippsland) – 12 months

Obstetrics Composite Posts in Gippsland

12 months (0.5 in practice, 0.5 in hospital) available in Bairnsdale, Foster, Drouin, Leongatha, Orbost, Trafalgar, Warragul, Wonthaggi and Yarragon.

These posts can be developed anywhere in Gippsland where there is a general practice with GP obstetricians providing maternity services in a local hospital.