Developing Skills in General Practice:
Workshop for Regional GP Registrars in Victoria.
All Seasons Resort, Bendigo
Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June 2023

This workshop is open to IMGs and general practice registrars who work in rural and regional Victoria (MMM 2 – 7).

Participants may be eligible for a subsidy under RWAVs Medical Professional Development (MPD) program to fully or partly cover workshop, travel and accommodation costs.

GPRA has partnered with Rural Workforce Agency Victoria (RWAV) to bring together general practice registrars who work in rural and regional Victoria (MMM 2 – 7) to offer a weekend of skills development for registrars across areas such as clinical skills, case review, consultation/patient management to understanding the foundations of general practice.

This 2-day workshop will cover a range of key aspects required to support you as a registrar practising in rural Victoria. The workshop will help develop your skills as a general practitioner.

Join us for a unique opportunity to network with your peers and experienced doctors, while sharing information and perspectives on general practice.

Only 50 places are available.


Workshop for regional/rural based GP Registrars in Victoria
In-person event


All Seasons Resort, Bendigo
171/183 McIvor Hwy, Strathdale VIC 3550


Friday 16th June – Sunday 18th June 2023
Check-in from 2pm on Friday 16th June.
Registration from 5-6pm

Who is eligible to attend?

General Practice Registrars (including IMGs) working in rural and regional Victoria (MMM 2 – 7)


The cost for the 2.5 day workshop is $850
$75 to register your Expression of Interest to save your place!

Financial support to assist with costs

You may be eligible for a subsidy under Victoria’s Medical Professional Development (MPD) program to fully or partly cover workshop costs.
Once you register your expression of interest, RWAV will assess your eligibility for a subsidy under the Medical Professional Development program to help cover your workshop costs. You will then be contacted by RWAV and advised of subsidy options and offered a place at the workshop.

The program

The 2 day program will include GP guest speakers and workshops, breakout sessions and group work covering topics such as:
Clinical Competence in GP Practice
Practice cases, feedback and communication
Consultation structure
Refining skills of registrars for maintaining safe clinical practice
The Medicare system – consultations and billings
Consultations and billings, compliance, record keeping
Workplace wellbeing – part of your professional development practice
Building connections with your peers/team/members/community
GP Health and Wellbeing
Develop strategies to thrive (not just survive)  
Understanding the business of General Practice
Employment structures, tax, leave, insurance

Presenters at this workshop include:

Dr Kate McCabe Simon

Dr Kate works as a Medical Educator for RACGP and coordinates the General Practice Registrar program for first-term registrars in the Metro East area of Victoria. She is interested in preventative health, women’s health, sexual health and paediatrics, and has spent some time locuming and holidaying with her family in regional Victoria. An elected director of the board of GPRA, Kate is passionate about supporting registrars to have a positive and equitable experience in their GP training. 

Adjunct Professor Karen Price

A GP of 30 years including practice ownership and sub-contracting roles, Karen has been an educator, innovator, and contributor in many different ways. She has had a long-standing involvement with the RACGP, firstly as a Family Medicine Program (FMP) GP trainee and attending GP-led learning at RACGP headquarters in the evenings of her first GP term. Karen was actively engaged in the Women in GP committee and was one of the founding members, she also served as deputy chair of the Victorian Faculty of the RACGP. Karen was elected president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2020-2022.

Professor Steve Trumble

Steve has just finished as the Chair of Australia’s General Practice Training Advisory Committee, a Committee which advises the Federal Health Minister on all matters relating to GPs in training. Steve was the inaugural Head of the Department of Medical Education (2015 – 2022), a role that included coordinating the Melbourne Medical School’s Doctor of Medicine program. A general practitioner by training, Steve began his academic career developing teaching, research and clinical services in the field of developmental disability medicine before taking leadership roles in vocational training and now entry-to-practice medical education.

Dr Cameron Loy

Dr Cameron Loy is a specialist General Practitioner who is a Fellow of the RACGP. He has an active interest in teaching and training in general practice as a supervisor, examiner and in other assessment roles in the profession. Cameron has undertaken further training in general practice in child health, women’s health, rural general practice and research. He enjoys being often the first point of contact for health problems and getting to know people and their health needs over their lives.

Dr Louise Manning

Dr Louise Manning is a rural GP Obstetrician practising in central Victoria where she delivers general practice, obstetric and sexual health services. Growing up in a small town she has lived experience of the difficulties accessing healthcare in rural and regional areas, and is dedicated to advocating for equitable health outcomes regardless of geography. Louise is also a Board Director of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Victoria.

Dr Sunny Krishna

Dr Sunny is a GP registrar medical educator with the RACGP and is a tutor for medical students at the University of Melbourne. He also has a Diploma in Child Health and holds a degree in Physiotherapy from his past life. Sunny loves all things to do with cricket, his new coffee machine and spending time with his loved ones. 

Dr  Hirru Manivasagan

Hirru is a fellow of RACGP currently based in Melbourne. She splits her time between clinical practice and working as a medical educator for RACGP. She has a strong passion towards medical education and empowering registrars and fellow GPs to practice self-care in order to prevent burnout and promote career longevity. Having grown up in rural Queensland, Hirru is appreciative of the challenges GPs and registrars face practicing in regional Australia.

Dr Abdul Qadeer QJ Malhi

Dr Abdul is a medical educator and supervisor for RACGP and RVTS. He has been extensively involved in medical education for more than a decade in Australia. Dr Abdul has been delivering workshops and webinars on general practice through GPRA and has a special interest in remediation work. He has lots of tips and tricks on “Knowledge Application” in routine clinical practice to share.

Further information

What is the Medical Professional Development (MPD) initiative?

The MPD program supports the ongoing professional development and medical education of medical practitioners in rural and regional Victoria. Administered by RWAV in Victoria, the MPD program is funded by the Victorian Government.

How will I know if I am eligible for a subsidy?

If you are a registrar in MMM 2-7 you are likely to be eligible!
RWAV will assess your eligibility when you Register your Expression of Interest.

If I am not eligible or decide not to attend will my $75 Expression of Interest booking fee be reimbursed along with workshop costs?


Registrations close June 9, and refunds are available up to 7 days before the workshop commences.  This will ensure registrars on the waiting list have an opportunity to attend if you decide to cancel your place at the workshop.

Can registrars employed in MMM 1 in Victoria also attend?

Yes, registrars can self-fund their attendance at the workshop. All registrars are welcome.

Register your Expression of Interest Now

Please register your expression of interest early.


Register your Expression of Interest to begin.

Bookings close 5:00pm Friday, June 9.

Limited places available.