Policy update notice: General Practice Experience Pathway Policies – 2 Jul 2020


2 July 2020

Notice of RACGP policy update

This notice is to advise that the RACGP has updated General Practice Experience (GPE) Pathway policies, to add clarity around the entry, exam eligibility and Fellowship requirements for candidates on, and prospective applications to the GPE Pathway to Fellowship. The various pathway requirements currently detailed in the General Practice Experience (Practice Eligible) Handbook have been reviewed and updated, and separated into three new policies: the General Practice Experience Pathway – Entry Policy, the General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy, and the General Practice Experience Pathway – Requirements for Fellowship Policy.

These new policies immediately supersede the GPE Handbook as of today, 2 July 2020.

Transitional arrangements are in place to facilitate the eventual full implementation of the new GPE Pathway policies by 1 January 2021.

What has changed?

Transformation of the GPE Handbook into three new policies

What has changed?

Where is this change referenced?

When does the change come into effect?

What does this mean?

The pathway entry principles detailed in clause 2 of the GPE Handbook have been reviewed, expanded, and put into the new General Practice Experience Pathway – Entry Policy.

General Practice Experience Pathway – Entry Policy

Today, 2 July 2020

Apart from those seeking entry into the Practice Experience Program (PEP) Standard Stream, all other candidates seeking entry into the GPE Pathway must meet the requirements detailed in the new General Practice Experience Pathway – Entry Policy before being able to enter the pathway. Candidates seeking entry into the PEP Standard Stream must comply with the requirements detailed in the Practice Experience Program – Standard Stream Entry Policy.

From 1 January 2022, it will be compulsory for all candidates seeking Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (FRACGP) to first complete an RACGP-approved program. From this time, all GPE Pathway candidates must undertake the PEP Standard Stream and meet the same entry requirements. The policy framework will be reviewed before 1 January 2022.

NB: Applicants will also be required to comply with the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy.

Updated comparability rating definitions, and added guidance around re-assessments and top-up applications.

Clauses 5.2, and 5.3.3 and 5.3.4 of the Assessment of General Practice Experience Policy

Today, 2 July 2020

These updates have been made for increased clarity, but there are no substantive changes to how GPE assessments are made or how certain general practice posts are rated.

The pathway exam eligibility principles detailed in clauses 2 and 3 of the GPE Handbook have been reviewed, expanded, and put into the new General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy.

General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy

Today, 2 July 2020

All GPE Pathway candidates, including those participating in the PEP Standard Stream, must comply with the requirements contained in the new General Practice Experience Pathway – Exam Eligibility Policy.

The pathway completion principles detailed in clauses 4 and 5 of the GPE Handbook have been reviewed, expanded, and put into the new General Practice Experience Pathway – Entry Policy.

General Practice Experience Pathway – Requirements for Fellowship Policy

Today, 2 July 2020

All GPE Pathway candidates, including those participating in the PEP Standard Stream, must comply with the requirements contained in the new General Practice Experience Pathway – Requirements for Fellowship Policy.


Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) requirements

All GPE Pathway candidates must complete a BLS course within the 12 months prior to applying for Fellowship, and an ALS course within the four years prior to applying for Fellowship.

Where is this change referenced?

When does the change come into effect?

What does this mean?

Clause 5 of the General Practice Experience Pathway – Requirements for Fellowship Policy

1 January 2021

GPE Pathway candidates who apply for Fellowship from 1 January 2021 will be required to complete a BLS course within the 12 months prior to applying for Fellowship, and an ALS course within the four years prior to applying for Fellowship.

GPE Pathway candidates who apply for Fellowship until and including 31 December 2020 will not be required to satisfy these requirements.

When do the changes take place?

With the exception of the ALS and BLS requirements which come into effect from 1 January 2021, all requirements contained in the new policies take effect as of today, 2 July 2020.

Where can I view the documents? 

All policies can be accessed via the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework.

What if I have questions?

If you have any questions, please contact julieanne.pho@racgp.org.au.

Advertising

Advertising