How to prepare for training

General practice training preparation

Experienced registrars have put together this checklist of the paperwork, equipment and resources that you will need to organise up to three months before starting your first general practice term.

When do I start my training term?

Full-time general practice terms are 6 months in length and they usually begin in mid-January and mid-July. Check carefully, as term dates vary between states and differ from resident medical officers (RMO) hospital starting dates.

What forms do I need?

It is important to get organised early as the paperwork can take a significant amount of time. We suggest starting three months before your term. You will need to apply for the following before you begin your general practice training:

Medicare provider number for the practice and, if applicable, the local hospital if a visiting medical officer (VMO) position is attached. Allow at least eight weeks for this to be processed.

Recognition as a general practitioner (AGPT) in an accredited training placement.

You must have your own indemnity to cover general practice work. Indemnity for hospital work is different, but it is a good idea to get indemnity as a GP registrar – procedural. That way you are covered for a wider scope of practice. If in doubt, speak to your own medical indemnity provider.

Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) previously known as state or territory medical board.

Find out if you need a Working with Children check.

Employment contract and confirmation of employment agreement.

Note: Your employment contract is a legally binding contract about your working hours and pay. Refer to the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars for guidance.

Learning plans

One of your first tasks, when you begin your general practice training, will be to design a learning plan. Your plan should state your learning needs and goals, and the activities you plan to do in order to achieve those goals. This is defined as self-directed learning, as opposed to the teaching you receive via your RTP at workshops and tutorials. Most RTPs have a web tool designed to document learning plans, but you should find a format that suits you best. Some registrars prefer to think ‘outside the box’ and be creative with their learning plans.

Who can help me design a learning plan?

You will receive information and guidance about your learning plan from your RTO. But if you feel stuck, your medical educator or training advisor is the best person to speak to. Your supervisor and registrar liaison officer (RLO) will also be able to help you with your training preparation.

Why is a learning plan necessary?

  • To be in control of your own learning
  • It is a requirement of your general practice training
  • It provides a structure for your self-directed learning
  • It assists your supervisors and medical educators to help you meet your learning needs
  • A learning plan keeps you motivated. A learning plan keeps you focused.


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