Policy development notice: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP in Training Fellowship Exam Support Policy – 20 September 2021


20 September 2021

Notice of RACGP policy development

This notice is to advise that the RACGP has developed a policy relating to the support provided by the National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Censor to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs in training (GPiT) for the RACGP Fellowship Exams

The new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP in Training Fellowship Exam Support Policy will come into effect on Monday 20th September 2021

Rationale for the policy

Improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of Australia’s highest health priorities. The RACGP is committed to raising awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by developing and supporting a culturally safe and reflective GP workforce that can work effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and communities.

The RACGP is committed to address the chronic shortage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian health workforce, and actively supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors in achieving GP Fellowship.

This policy underpins the Closing the Gap Strategy and Recommendations for Reset across the key under-represented areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, education and employment. In particular, this policy supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vocational doctors to pursue employment and professional careers within the primary health care workforce, essential to the delivery of care within the community.

Implications of the policy

This policy publishes the support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fellowship exam candidates are able to access. This ongoing support aims to provide candidates, who may be faced with exam related challenges, with advice on issues such as:

  • exam performance anxiety,
  • effective study preparation and techniques,
  • limited clinical case exposure and scope of practice,
  • workplace remoteness,
  • access to clinical and exam resources, and
  • unsuccessful exam attempts.

The National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health provides this support to assist in the successful completion of all exam components during an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPiT’s pathway to Fellowship.

When will the policy come into effect?

The policy will come into effect on 20th September 2021

Where can I view the documents?

The new policy can be accessed can be accessed via the Fellowship Pathways Policy Framework.

What if I have questions?

If you have any enquiries relating to the updated policy, please contact educationpolicy@racgp.org.au.

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