EV delivers the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. The program is 3- 4 years of which at least 18 months are spent in community general practice placements. Practices must be accredited to the RACGP and/or ACRRM Training Standards in order to participate as a training post.
What is a Training Post?
A training post is a general practice that has an established capacity and commitment to support the training of GP registrars. Regional Training Organisations, such as EV, accredit training practices based upon the requirements of the RACGP and/or ACRRM. The college(s) examine all aspects of a practice’s clinical and educational environment in addition to their ability to support the training needs of registrars. When a practice becomes accredited they make an ongoing commitment to maintain and enhance the quality of their training environment. They do this by developing and engaging in learning plans with registrars, by ensuring that supervisors participate in educational professional development opportunities, and importantly, ensuring that registrars are well supervised in their delivery of safe and effective health care.
Current Training Posts
Training posts must comply with the policies of the AGPT, RACGP, ACRRM and EV. These relate to accreditation of the practice, employment of the registrar and the teaching and supervision that is provided to the registrar while they are working in the practice. Supervisors are also required to complete professional development relevant to their role as a supervisor.
All registrars need to be employees under the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) while in a training practice. The NTCER applies to all registrars except those in community controlled health and ADF workplaces, and registrars on remediation. It is negotiated every two years in its entirety (2016, 2018, etc.) by GPRA and GPSA (General Practice Supervisors Australia). Once negotiations are complete, the finalised NTCER acts as a contractual instrument for GP registrar salaries and employment conditions. The wages within the NTCER are indexed via the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS).
Become a Training Post
There are many benefits for practices and supervisors involved in the AGPT program:
- Contributing to the development of the general practice workforce
- Personal satisfaction in assisting registrars reach their fellowship
- Financial benefits
- Support with patient loads
- Opportunities to get involved with new programs and initiatives
- Participation in supervisor and practice manager professional development activities
- Peer interaction and collegiate environment