Recruiting, retaining and supporting General Practitioners (GPs), Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in rural New South Wales, Australia

GP Registrars

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General Practice Training Program

As a GP Registrar you can have the opportunity for a wide range of experiences as you prepare for Fellowship, and to practice independently.

As a Rural GP Registrar, there is a diverse range of presentations to challenge you and opportunities to broaden your skills. Your training posts can be in a variety of communities, practices and environments. You can work in Indigenous health in remote areas or in rural and regional general practice, where interest and skills in areas like obstetrics and anaesthetics are an important part of the community’s healthcare resources.

For many, the patient relationship is the main difference between hospital work and general practice. Caring for patients means being part of a continuous process of helping them stay healthy, managing their health issues and getting specialist and allied healthcare when needed.

Lifestyle choices and community involvement feature in a Rural GP's life in a way that often isn’t possible in the other specialties. There are many challenges and rewards of life in a country practice and the nature of rural general practice engages a GP in community life and grassroots issues - offering a sense of belonging which is unique to country living.

Applicants to GP training can apply for either a general or rural pathway, the main difference being where the majority of training is completed.

The rural pathway is for Registrars wishing to undertake their training in rural New South Wales (NSW). In a rural pathway, Registrars are required to complete a minimum of 18 months of their GP term training in regional or rural locations (RA 2-5 areas) and are eligible for generous government financial incentives. Overseas trained doctors affected by the 10 year moratorium are only eligible to apply for rural pathways.

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NSW Regional Training Organisations

Following the Federal Government restructure of the Regional Training Provider (RTP) network and a competitive tendering process, in 2015 GP Synergy was appointed to deliver training in regional NSW.
Phone: 1300 477 963 |  Email  |  Website

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Rural Locum Relief Program

If you are Australian trained or have passed your Australian Medical Council (AMC) exams and are completing your second postgraduate year (PGY 2), you can try a rotation as a Rural GP (and be paid for it) by participating in the NSW Rural Doctors Network Rural Locum Relief Program (RLRP).

The RLRP can:

  • offer you a chance to try out general practice before you commit to a specialty
  • help you access a Provider Number to experience rural general practice
  • allow you to try locum positions and experience life as a GP in rural NSW
  • provide GP recognition - if it is used in conjuction with an alternative pathway
  • allow you to try out other practices while you are on GP training.

To enquire email RDN on 02 4924 8000.

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General Practice Rural Incentives Program

The General Practice Rural Incentives Program (GPRIP) is an Australian Government incentive with a GP Registrar component which aims to increase the number of registrars training in rural and remote areas through the provision of financial incentives.

To be eligible, registrars must undertake eligible training placements under either the rural or general pathways of the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) Program.

Incentive payments are scaled according to the location of training, length of time spent training in rural and remote locations, and Full Time Equivalence of training placements.

More information on GPRIP.

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Remote Vocational Training Scheme

The Remote Vocational Training Scheme (RVTS) is an alternative pathway to FRACGP / FARGP and FACRRM for GP registrars.

The RVTS provides distance GP training towards Fellowship for doctors already practising in rural areas. Registrars enjoy the same level of training and support as their big city counterparts, no matter how remote they are.

Founded in 2000, the RVTS is an independent Australian Government funded program with its own intake quota and selection process. There were 22 places available annually for 2011, 2012 and 2013. For more information, visit the RVTS website.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Registrars

The RACGP National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health has established the Indigenous Fellowship Excellence Program to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars perform to their full potential in the Fellowship exams while at the same time developing a network of peer support across the country.

Participation enables Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars to identify how to study effectively to perform well in the FRACGP exam, along with receiving dedicated mentoring support.

Involvement in the program is FREE.

For more information or to register, email the RACGP or call 1800 000 251.

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Membership of the NSW Rural Doctors Network

If you are a registrar in rural general practice, the NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is the organisation you should join!

Membership of RDN is open to registrars, is FREE (there is no annual subscription fee) and provides you with many benefits, including:

  • various professional and social opportunities to network with other like-minded medical professionals involved in rural health
  • subsidised attendance at RDN's excellent annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) conferences
  • weekly electronic bulletin updates on rural medical workforce issues and RDN activities
  • voting rights at the RDN Annual General Meeting.

Register online to become an RDN member now!

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USEFUL WEB LINKS

General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA)

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