As Australia faces a looming GP shortage, medical students are stepping up to find out why there is a decline in interest in general practice training and identify solutions for our politicians and policy makers.
Thirty-five medical students have taken a glimpse of life as a rural GP in East Gippsland at an event called Farm Stay.
GPRA and GPSA, the two national peak bodies that represent GP registrars and the general practitioners who supervise them during their training placements, will lead the review of the NTCER.
The answer to solving the GP workforce crisis? Fix inequities in conditions and pay to attract junior doctors back to general practice
Attempts to solve Australia’s GP workforce crisis will fail unless inequitable employment and pay conditions for GPs in training are addressed, the president of General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA), Dr Antony Bolton, has warned.
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.
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…
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 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.
“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.
“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)
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.
Budget 2018: continuing commitment to supporting health peak and advisory bodies is important.
Several Key Causes of Stress for Early Career General Practitioners The President of General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA), Dr Melanie Smith today announced that results from recent national research quantify the major causes of stress for those embarking on a career in general practice. “Close to half of all GP registrars find coping with study…