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Practice News (June 2017)

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2018 Practice Match

Round 1 of the 2018 Practice Match will open on Monday 19 June and close on Sunday 23 July for both rural and general pathways. EV will be using an online matching tool which aims to match the most possible number of registrars.Specific guidelines on the matching tool will be communicated to all registrars and practices closer to the date of the Practice Match opening.

Registrar Leave Entitlements

Practice Managers and Supervisors are invited to read the article under “Registrar Program News” which outlines registrar leave entitlements.

Accreditation and Practice Support

The year is progressing well with plenty of activity taking place. We have introduced accreditation training for EV staff from both the Hawthorn and Churchill offices. We have also recruited additional Medical Educators (ME’s) to undertake visits for the Churchill area. Currently we are contacting practices for the next round of re-accreditation visits across metropolitan and rural locations and working our way through an enormous number of expression of interests from those practices wanting to become training practices. A lot of time has also been spent reviewing and trialing new accreditation processes. Finally, we have a meeting scheduled on 22nd June to discuss the format and content of the Pre-accreditation workshops for 2018. So my first months with EV have been very busy but enjoyable and I look forward to catching up with you all on practice visits or at workshops, residentials or one the phone!

Dr. Heather Grusauskas
Accreditation and Practice Support Coordinator

Supervisor PD

minister-greg-hunt-with-ev-personnel_5may2017Our first Supervisor residential workshop this year at San Remo was notable for the attendance of the relatively new Federal Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt. I think it’s fair to say that most supervisors were impressed with his speech of about 20 minutes with minimal notes. He seemed to have a good grasp of issues in his portfolio and also he had a relaxed style and openness to answering questions from the floor and there were a few challenging ones. Thanks to our CEO David Glasson in setting this opportunity up. Of course San Remo is in the Minister’s electorate so it was a good opportunity for him to wave the flag.


EV staff are photographed here with the Minister, L to R:  David Glasson, Federal Member for Flinders, Minister for Health and Sport, the Honourable Greg Hunt, Professor Neil Spike, Aunty Nellie Flagg, Dr Fred Edwards, Dr Nola Maxfield, Professor James Brown.


The workshop itself featured a wide mix of concurrent sessions, one of which was called ‘Hobby Horses’. This session provided the opportunity for Supervisors to get on their Hobby Horses and talk about something they were passionate about. We had quite a number of supervisors express interest in this so we limited the presentations to those with an Educational focus. Among the topics covered were “Use of metaphor in General Practice” from Shaun Zhail and “Teaching the business of GP” with Carolyn Royse. Peter Stevens talked about the process and benefits of “Parallel Consulting”. We also has an entertaining and very insightful presentation of a series of Medical and Supervisors Aphorisms from David Ringelblum in a ‘thought for the day’ session on Friday.

The conference dinner on the Friday featured some of our supervisors providing varying types of entertainment. Thanks to Ian Broom for his Lancastrian monologue about Noah and the great flood and Michal Conos for a late addition to the program with some songs. Also to Stuart Anderson and one of our visiting educators Simon Morgan for providing some great dance music which managed to get a whole lot of people onto the dance floor. On the Saturday we had a keynote address from Dr Kali Heywood an indigenous doctor. Rather sadly she revealed that more Aboriginal children are being taken away from their families now that during the stolen generation. The causes are multi faceted but transgenerational grief from the stolen generation is a factor. Although many supervisors said they did not look after many Aboriginal patients, all those I spoke to found the presentation valuable.

We are continuing our program of regional Supervisor workshops as well as running ‘Core’ Workshops aimed mainly but certainly not exclusively at newer supervisors. We find that having experienced supervisors at these workshops adds value to them.

We are trying to get a system in place where some of our very experienced supervisors would be prepared to act as mentors for new supervisors. We are still working out the details of this and would value input from anyone with opinions.

Our second residential workshop is scheduled in October in the Yarra Valley and we are again looking for volunteers to present in the Hobby Horse session and also others who may be interested in providing some entertainment at the conference dinner.

Please feel free to contact me about any of the above or any other issues related to Supervisor PD. The social media workshops we ran earlier in the year seem to have hit a chord. Are there other topics you’d like to see addressed at Supervisor meetings? I’d love to hear from you: patrick.kinsella@evgptraining.com.au

Patrick Kinsella,
PD Coordinator – Supervisors and Medical Educators

Supervisor Liaison Officer Reports

Gippsland – Fred Edwards
The annual supervisors professional training weekend was held 4-5 May at the very pleasant Silverwaters resort near San Remo. This proved to be a most interesting program and was attended by over 120 supervisors and associated staff. One of the highlights of the meeting was a drop-in visit by the Federal Minister of Health the right Honourable Greg Hunt who provided most interesting presentation on government thinking. He also dropped some broad but ultimately accurate hints about what was forthcoming in the budget. The presentation was well received by all supervisors. Apart from the extremely professional presentations principally organised through Dr Patrick Kinsella, the primary health network also gave a further demonstration of their Polar Tool. In summary the weekend received excellent feedback from the supervisors and the presenters are looking forward to repeating this weekend for Metropolitan Supervisors in the Yarra Valley in October.

On a personal note, I attended the Australian Institute of Company Director’s 5 day training course which has helped me to understand governance and its implications for Board work in a far broader sense. I trust this will enable me to serve on the Eastern Victoria GP Training Board giving better representation for supervisors interests. I am grateful for the support provided by EV at the training course.

Finally, I am looking forward to attending the GPTEC 2017 convention in Sydney on 15-16 August. This 2-day annual conference showcases up-to-date thinking in GP training together with superb opportunities for networking. Preceding GPTEC is a General Practice Supervisors Australia one-day meeting focusing on National supervisors issues.

Metro – Gerard Connors
Fred has discussed the Supervisor residential. I was unable to attend as I was doing the Institute of Company Directors course to enhance my role as Deputy Chair of GPSA (GP Supervisors of Australia). I hope you and your practice managers are all members, as we are representing you.

Some of you will be aware that Judith Culliver has moved to the RACGP as a Medical Educator. Her accreditation role is now being done by Heather Grusauskas who comes with great experience in Medical Accreditation.

The Regional Interest Advisory Group (comprising David Glasson, Neil Spike, the 2 SLOs, Practice Managers, RLOs and 4 experienced Supervisors) met in May.

Discussion included:

  • Current draft policy on “Management of Critical Incidents and Notifiable Conduct Policy.
  • Practice Payments – EV is intending to review the level of practice payments with reference to other training that occurs within the training practice environment.
  • RIAG also discussed the two stage practice match. The GPT1 cohort are not selected until the end of September each year. Therefore it is not possible to place the majority of GPT1s until October or later. It may not be possible to obtain provider numbers for all registrars if they were matched at the same time.

GPSA recently met with all 3 Health Ministers (Hunt, Wyatt & Gillespie). The take home message to each Minister was that GP Supervisors remain the most efficient part of the GP Training environment and although we are at the front line busily getting on with training, long term sustainability needs to be nurtured.

Remember for industrial matters please contact GPSA.