General practice training must be college-led, says UGPA

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30 July 2014 

In response to changes to general practice training, United General Practice Australia (UGPA) has called for a college-governed and managed general practice training environment.

Under the changes announced in May, the government plans to dismantle General Practice Education and Training (GPET), and consolidate its functions into the Department of Health (DoH).

At today’s meeting in Canberra, UGPA unanimously supported the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in proposing a model to the Government that would see both colleges continue professional leadership.

This leadership is consistent with the Australian model of college-led medical specialist training.

UGPA acknowledges the expertise of the colleges as best placed in delivering GPs who are trained to the highest standards ensuring patients have access to safe and quality healthcare services.

UGPA will work alongside the RACGP and ACRRM in ensuring a strong and stable primary healthcare future for the general practice profession and the health of all Australians.

Further information

RACGP: Dr Liz Marles 0400 901 992

ACRRM: A/Prof Lucie Walters 0409 692 359

AMA: John Flannery 0419 494 761

AGPN: Dr Nicholas Demediuk 0418 550 827

AGPN: Dr Rod Pearce AM 0417 864 774

GPRA: Dr David Chessor 0406 214 076

GPSA: Dr Trish Baker 0414 869 674

RDAA: Dr Ian Kamerman 0427 241 900