11 October 2018

Increased training opportunities to attract and retain GPs

GPs will be better supported towards receiving the highest level of training thanks to new funding announced today by Minister for Health, Greg Hunt at GP18.

President-elect of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Dr Harry Nespolon has welcomed this funding as another step to making sure patients are properly looked after, no matter their postcode.

“This new funding will provide new opportunities to medical professionals in Australia who want to develop their skills and become GPs in areas outside of our major cities,” Dr Nespolon said.

 “Training and development for all general practitioners is vital to make sure that we keep Australia healthy and out of hospital services.

The $29.5 million will further support the RACGP’s new Practice Experience Program (PEP), which is a self-directed education program designed to support non vocationally registered (non-VR) doctors on their pathway to RACGP Fellowship. The PEP will commence in January 2019, delivered in partnership with Regional Training Organisations. 

 “We know that recruiting and retaining general practitioners, particularly in regional areas can be challenging, it’s great to see some positive steps be taken by the Australian Government to make sure accessibility is not a barrier for patients.”

Further information about the training and funding will be released in due course.

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