A guide to re-entry to general practice

Introduction

Last revised: 19 May 2020

General practitioners (GPs) may take time away from practice for various reasons including personal and family issues, illness, injury, extended periods of travel, study leave, career change or disciplinary action by the Medical Board of Australia (the Board). The time away might be planned or unplanned and the length of absence can be highly variable. GPs re-entering practice may face challenges such as updating their knowledge and skills, becoming familiar with changes in practice (such as adopting new technologies, management guidelines and therapies), making adjustments with respect to any personal impairments that may have been sustained, and complying with any restrictions imposed by the Board. Depending on individual circumstances, there may also be a degree of apprehension about returning to work.

This guide outlines The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ (RACGP’s) recommendations for GPs who have been absent or are intending to be absent from general practice for a period of time and whose intent is to re-enter practice.