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1 Put your career in focus
General Practice Explore the possibilities in GP Training

2 Today’s session Agenda: ME/Supervisor Talk about their career
General Practice as a Career Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Overview Applications for 2013 GP Registrar Perspective Agenda: ME/Supervisor Talk about their career ME/Supervisor AGPT Overview + Applications for 2013 GP registrar Talk about their experience in the program

3 Why General Practice Lifestyle Flexibility – training and career
Diversity of medicine Portability of career Presenter to talk about the benefits of a GP career. If a GP, share their own GP career journey

4 Role of a GP First contact Diagnostic methodology
Early diagnosis of life-threatening and serious disease Continuity and availability of care Preventative medicine Holistic approach Talk about the benefits of a GP career

5 How do I become a GP? As an Australian graduate your pathway for general practice is the AGPT which is delivered by 17 RTPs throughout Australia. In Victoria there are 4 RTPs. Unlike other specialities, in General Practice the GP colleges do not deliver the training. The training is managed nationally by General Practice Education and Training (GPET) and the training is delivered by 17 RTPs. Name the 4 RTPs and then go to the map on the next slide. AGPT – Australian General Practice Training RTP – Regional Training Provider

6 Victorian RTPs

7 The GP Training Program Fast Facts
3-4 years (depending on fellowship choice) Training time may be reduced via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) – Hospital training time only. Part-time training options and leave options available Funded by Australian Government Can apply as early as Intern year

8 The GP Training Program Eligibility
Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident General Registration For information on Eligibility visit

9 The GP Training Program GP Colleges
For information on the GP curriculum Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine There are two GP colleges operating in Australia. The choice is up to each doctor. Contact the colleges or visit their websites to gain an understanding of their curriculum and program. You do not have to select a college until you have commenced in the AGPT program.

10 The GP Training Program At a Glance
Objective of this slide is to show the Main thing to point out is The blue column is ACRRM The red column is RACGP Either a 3 year program with RACGP Or 4 year program with ACRRM or RACGP via FARGP This is in the seminar pack.

11 The GP Training Program Required Hospital Rotations
Prior to commencing GP Terms, doctors must have completed * General Medicine General Surgery Emergency Paediatrics (or equivalent) 3 optional rotations relevant to General Practice Recognition of Prior Learning may apply * Rotations must be weeks duration Any questions regarding rotations should be directed to RTP staff before undertaking the rotation.

12 The GP Training Program Training Pathways
General Pathway There is flexibility and options available as to how GP Terms are undertaken. Elect one of the following options 12 months training In outer metropolitan location or In rural location (RA 2-5) or In non-capital city classified as RA1 More flexibility exists in the General Pathway, there are lots of options to fulfill the return of service obligation. 2 x 6 months training 6mths training outer Metropolitan 6 mths training rural location (RA 2-5) 6 mths training non-capital city (RA1) 6 mths training Indigenous health in AMS

13 The GP Training Program Training Pathways
Rural Pathway Minimum 18 months GP term training in rural location (RA 2-5) Doctors affected by the rural moratorium can only train in this pathway Generous financial incentives for rural pathways

14 Doctor Connect Website
To find out about RA and Outer metro classifications Financial Incentives linked to RA Helpful site to understand locations RA and the incentives offered in each location.

15 Special Interest? Sub-specialise!
Special Skills Terms 6 months term where you can focus on one particular area/specialty Possible terms include, and are not limited to: Paediatrics Emergency Medicine Procedural Posts Surgery Obstetrics & Gynaecology Anaesthetics Aboriginal Health Dermatology Academic Research And many, many, many more... When a GPR enters the program, the develop an Individual learning plan (ILP) with the RTP. You need to advise the RTP of your special interests. Talk with your chosen RTP to find out more

16 Financial Incentives A range of generous financial incentives exist for both rural pathway and general pathway registrars including GPRIP and Outer Metropolitan Registrar Program A HELP/HECS reimbursement scheme also operates for rural registrars. Each RTP have their own support packages – contact your local RTP for more information Each RTP will have different policies about these options. Applicants are encouraged to contact the RTP before applying.

17 What about the pay? GPT1 and GPT2 have standard contracts based on 2012 National Minimum Terms and Conditions (Refer to GPRA) GPT 3 and GPT4 – negotiable with your practice GPs – varies enormously however the more you work the more you can earn It is not possible to give exact salary ranges for GPs. There are too many variables. However, GPRA has an “online earnings calculator” on their website which you can refer doctors to if they want more information.

18 The 2013 AGPT Application and Selection Process
Application and eligibility check Applicants submit an online application, supporting documentation, referee details and four preferences for the RTPs they would like to train with. GPET confirms each applicants eligibility. National assessment Eligible applicants attend a National Assessmnet Centre between 16 June and 1 July 2012, where they will undertake a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and Multiple Mini Inrterviews (MMIs). Both assessments determine each applicants score. Applicants will be informed of their score and given the option to modify their RTP preferences. Depending on an applicant’s score and RTP preferences it is established if the applicant can be shortlisted with an RTP. Applications are earlier than previous years – one month early. New national assessment and selection process. Regional training provider selection and placement offers The matched RTP examines the application. They may ask for additional information, or an interview.

19 Online Application Three steps to the application
Applications open 16 April 2012 Applications close 18 May 2012 Three steps to the application Complete online application Send hardcopy application with supporting documentation Submit 2 referee contact names Advised to start process as soon as possible Time required to collect required documentation Time required to collect referee reports Questions about applying? Call AGPT or local RTP Please note: This information is subject to change – always visit the AGPT website before applying. 2013 Applications are one month earlier than in previous years.

20 Selection Process - 1 National Assessment Centres 16 June – 1 July
Melbourne dates to be advised Applicants will sit a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). Completion of this stage does not guarantee a training place The final stage of selection may require an interview Applicants can choose an Assessment Centre anywhere in Australia. Applicants choose a centre when they submit their application. Each centre will have a maximum capacity, once that is filled, latecomers may have to book a centre in another state to the state of origin, so need to get in early with booking.

21 Selection Process - 2 Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
An SJT is a written test of 50 questions. Applicants have two hours to complete the test. There are 2 types of questions, requiring the applicant to either Rank five options Choose three responses An SJT is used in assessing Clinical knowledge Analytical/problem solving skills Professional/ethical attributes

22 Selection Process - 3 Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
An MMI is a series of 10-minute interview stations, with at least one interview station for each required assessment criteria. Each applicant has two minutes to read the question and has 8 minutes to answer to the interviewer. MMI’s are used to examine Communication/interpersonal skills Organisation/management skills Personal attributes An applicants sense of vocation/motivation for general practice.

23 Still undecided about GP?
Consider doing a GP placement as a HMO – “try before you buy” The Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP) is available throughout rural, regional, urban and outer-metropolitan locations. Over 40 posts in Victoria. Interested doctors should contact their Medical Workforce Unit Manager If undecided about GP, then consider a PGPPP post. Full Victorian post listing in brochure in seminar pack. The benefits of a PGPPP are ■ Real life experience in general practice over and above that of undergraduate training ■ Ongoing and personal mentoring by experienced and dedicated GPs. ■ Direct patient contact with responsibility for your own patients. ■ Enhanced understanding of the Australian primary health care system. ■ Great networking opportunities. ■ Increased confidence and independence to take into future training and work environments.

24 What next? Complete a Registration of Interest Form
Read the Victorian RTP literature Find out about GP Career Events in Victoria Contact Pauline Ingham for specific queriies Join the Going Places Network Encourage attendees to register interest, collect the forms and then send them to Pauline to add to the Victorian database. They will receive a newsletter and invitations to events. Contact Pauline Ingham at for more information

25 Is general practice the specialty you have been looking for?
If an ambassador is present – they can talk to this slide. If not: draw attention to the membership form in the seminar information pack., or they can join online and advise attendees the name of the current GP Ambassador for future reference. encourage doctors to look into becoming an Ambassador, send them to the website for more information

26 Explore the possibilities in GP Training
Questions? General Practice Explore the possibilities in GP Training

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