The Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN) creates a forum for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander registrars to provide professional and cultural support to one another. The network comes together to undertake exam preparation, professional development and peer support via two face-to-face workshops each year, and other support between workshops include an online discussion/study forum, study resources, as well as individual advocacy and advice. IGPRN was founded in 2008 by Indigenous GP Registrars who sought to address issues of cultural isolation and safety, discrimination, and other unique challenges on their pathway to Fellowship. From a single Indigenous Registrar Liaison Officer, IGPRN has become a funded national peer network, with an Indigenous Chair elected by the members. IGPRN is an independent network supported and auspiced by General Practice Registrars Australia.
IGPRN and the RACGP working together
The National Faculty of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GPs as part of its commitment to Close the Gap in health outcomes.
The Faculty also offers the Indigenous Fellowship Excellence Program which aims to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP registrars in preparing for their RACGP Fellowship exams.
One of the principles of the Indigenous Fellowship Excellence Program is that it should not duplicate what is already being offered elsewhere. As a result, the program outline has been restructured to focus on the GP training and Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), Key Feature Problems (KFP) exam preparation. Topics covered in the program now include: who does what in GP training, how to tackle the AKTs and KFPs, combining study, life and work, managing stress and tips and advice from recent successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP Fellows.
RACGP and IGPRN work together to complement each other through the IFEP program. Through regular contact with IGPRN, both organisations provide advice and support to help recruit suitable educators for their programs. Dates are coordinated and set to ensure they do not conflict to allow registrars the best chance of attending both workshops. The RACGP and IGPRN will continue to look for opportunities to enhance the way support is provided to GP registrars and is tailored to the needs of registrars.