GPSA welcomes the priorities announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Jeremy Rockliff for the Single Employer Model (SEM) trial in Tasmania. “While we remain cautious about any changes to rural GP training that may amplify the perceived urban-rural divide, the way this SEM trial has been explained today is actually quite encouraging."
Melbourne-born Mackay GP and practice owner Dr Nicole Higgins has today been announced the President-elect for RACGP.
According to GPSA’s national survey of its members, GP supervisors who feel well-supported in their workplace, avoid working when unwell, and are engaged in professional development and self-care have lower levels of burnout and are more likely to remain in GP training for the next 5 years.
The minimum pay and employment conditions that cover general practice registrars during training placements will be reviewed in 2022. GPRA and GPSA will lead the review of the AGPT Program National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER).
GPSA is pleased to announce the appointment of Carla Taylor as the new CEO of GP Supervisors Australia. Having worked with GPSA in education and research since 2020, Carla has stepped into the role of CEO with sound knowledge of the current GP training context and great enthusiasm for its future. Carla is a problem-solver, strategist and marketing professional with a strong administrative and networking background.
Recent research led by South Australia’s RTO GPEx, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide and GPSA, suggests that GP Training is largely paid for by general practice, well in excess of the Australian Government’s $220 million contribution. The cost of training study, which interviewed and surveyed practice managers and GP supervisors nationally, included a cost-revenue analysis. The analysis included income, expenditure and potential revenue foregone, informed by the lived experience of stakeholders involved in GP training.
GP Supervisors Australia and GP Registrars Australia met recently to discuss an appropriate path forward to support Training Practices and their registrars with certainty around baseline employment conditions in 2019 and beyond. 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 National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER).
You have have come across recent claims in the media of bullying and exploitation of GP registrars in training. The data referred to in these reports was collected by GPRA survey in 2017, who have chosen to selectively release the information almost six months after the survey closed, without context, to the media... just before NTCER re negotiations commence. GPSA has asked GPRA to provide details of the claims which largely contradict the Department of Health's own registrar satisfaction survey
GP Supervisors identify strongly with recognition and respect; both key ingredients being sought in the marriage equality debate. As those charged with the responsibility to mentor the next generation of young doctors it is incumbent upon us to call out intolerance when it occurs.