Advocacy update

Advocacy update, February 2019

GPRA is the voice of GP Registrars. This is what we have been doing recently as your advocate.

Did you know that providing an independent and impartial representation of GP registrar interests is a key role for GPRA?

GPRA is the only independent advocate for general practice registrar interests in the GP training sector. Your President and CEO are actively involved in representing GP registrars interests and ensuring that registrar perspectives and concerns are brought to the attention of key stakeholders and addressed at sector meetings, forums and consultations.

In particular, the GPRA President is a member of the General Practice Training Advisory Council (GPTAC), which is a key forum for providing advice and feedback to the Minister and Department of Health on GP registrar issues.

Most recently, on behalf of GP registrars GPRA has:

  • following on from the 2018 NTCER negotiations, been liaising with a range of sector stakeholders on registrar employment arrangements.
  • Provided a submission to the Department of Health’s public consultation on the Medicare Benefits Shared Debt Recovery Scheme, calling on the Department to ensure that this Scheme has equitable outcomes for registrars in the shared recovery of any debts due to incorrect MBS claims.
  • Made a detailed submission to Rural Health Commissioner on Draft Advice Paper on the National Rural Generalist Pathway, with a range of recommendations to ensure the quality of training, supervision and employment for registrars on this pathway.
  • Provided advice, feedback and new content to the Department of Health for the 2019 AGPT Handbook to improve the information available to applicants seeking a place on the AGPT program in 2020 and beyond.

GPRA’s Advisory Council is an important avenue for advice and feedback on the submissions and other advocacy activities that GPRA is undertaking. Your Registrar Liaison Officers are actively involved in the Advisory Council.

As the Advisory Council is a key means for GPRA to identify concerns and issues that are impacting on GP registrars and their training, please contact your RLO, or you are welcome to get in touch with GPRA, to raise concerns or issues that could inform our advocacy efforts and improve training for all GP registrars.

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The NTCER covers the terms and conditions of GP Registrars' employment.