GPRA is calling on the next Federal Government to urgently increase funding for primary health care and address inadequate employment conditions for GP registrars.
GPs in training excluded from paid parental leave, leaving the next generation of young doctors to think twice about a career in general practice
GPRA fears that for many young doctors in training a lack of paid parental leave is a major disincentive for choosing a career as a general practitioner.
This week, GPRA staff and board welcomed newly appointed CEO Ms Jo-anne Chapman, who commenced with the organisation on Monday, January 17th.
GPRA Board Chair Mr Scott Williams today announced the resignation of GPRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Andrew Gosbell.
New data published shows that one in three medical students are more likely to consider general practice as a career after joining the GPSN.
New data from GPRA’s GP Trainee Benchmarking Report highlights continuing dissatisfaction with general practice training and employment with a worrying gap between what GP trainees’ rate as important in their training and employment arrangements, and what they are able to receive.
MEDIA RELEASE General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) is calling on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to respond quickly and compassionately to all Western Australia (WA) exam candidates unable to sit the written exams due to the current COVID-19 lockdown in metropolitan Perth and the Peel and South West regions. GPRA is aware…
GPSN launched their national ‘Thank you GPs’ campaign this week, inviting everyone to express a message of gratitude to their GP.
In a watershed moment, GP trainee representatives from across Australia joined to discuss long-standing problems with general practice trainee employment and began to explore potential solutions at a Round Table discussion hosted by GPRA.
GPRA calls on the RACGP to extend leniency to enable the affected exam candidates to undertake the clinical exam without the usual prerequisite pass in the written exam. Additionally, the RACGP must commit to an investigation which is open, independent, and informed by the trainee experience.
GPRA is calling on the RACGP to respond quickly, decisively and with upmost compassion to all affected trainees.
GPRA is very disappointed to learn that the RACGP KFP and AKT exams were cancelled due to a technical outage at their external exam provider.
GPRA welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to extend the temporary telehealth arrangements under Medicare for another six months.
“We insist that the voice of GP registrars be heard; GP registrars must be kept central in discussion about their employment arrangements and consideration of any new employment models. We must strive to have modern, equitable and flexible employment arrangements which considers the circumstances of GP trainees,” said Dr Balasubramanian.
General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) President Dr Sama Balasubramanian has today highlighted findings from GPRA’s recent GP trainee survey which show the worrying impacts of COVID-19 on GP training.
“We urge everyone to download and use COVIDSafe; the success of the app is dependent on a high uptake in the general population; low participation rates will reduce the app’s efficacy,” Dr Balasubramanian said.
“GPRA has received a number of reports from GP trainees having to wait for more than three days to receive their COVID-19 test result. GP trainees have quite limited paid sick leave to cover this time out of practice. If their COVID-19 test is found to be negative they must be supported in their return to work when deemed safe, according to our evolving public health criteria”.
“GPRA has received a number of enquiries from worried GP trainees who are reporting that their GP practices are considering, or have already implemented, steps to ration the use of PPE amongst their GPs and GP registrars.”
IGPRN and GPRA welcome Minister Wyatt as Minister for Indigenous Australians Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN) and General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) today congratulate the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM on his appointment as Minister for Indigenous Australians. “It is a historic moment in Australian history to welcome the first Indigenous person to hold the position…
“GP registrars should not have to provide clinical consultation services or provide medical care to practice staff or others who they work with, or the immediate family of these professional colleagues,” said GPRA President Dr Sama Balasubramanian.
The executive of both organisations agreed that, in the spirit of goodwill and co-operation and with the best interests of the training program at heart, there is a need for an addendum to the current NTCER.
“I am delighted to announce that Dr Sama Balasubramanian has been unanimously ratified as the next President of GPRA,” said Mr Williams.
GPRA is seeking a better way of understanding and modernising the arrangements under which GP registrars take their journey toward independent general practice.
GPRA withdrew from the current negotiations for the NTCER in order to begin a process of change.
“GPRA notes with concern that technical issues with the AKT and KPF exams have caused distress for a number of registrars,” said Dr Smith.
Base rates of pay for registrars in their first term in general practice are now lower than base salaries for hospital-based junior medical officers (PGY2)
10% of registrars are dissatisfied with the amount of in-practice supervision and almost 1 in 5 were dissatisfied with both the amount and quality of…
GPRA President Dr Melanie Smith advised that recent national research shows most training practices are fair and reasonable when paying registrars their percentage of Medicare billings.
GPRA CEO, DR Andrew Gosbell said that, initially, he will seek to discuss with the Commonwealth Government the best ways of further investigating this range of issues.
GPRA President said that the Federal Budget 2018 has critically important preventive health initiatives.