I have been fortunate over the past few months to have had a lot of contact with pre-vocational doctors and medical student groups to talk about the ins and outs of GP training in Gippsland. Each group I speak to I find myself feeling very proud of what a fantastic training program we provide. At a national level, getGP is often viewed as a leader in the field of education and innovation in GP Training, due largely to the ongoing dedication of its passionate staff.
The last few months have continued to be a time of change for Registrars nationwide; many of you have contacted me with questions and concerns about the Federal Governments changes to the Registrars Rural Incentive Payment Scheme (RRIPS) and I thank you for your input. While the effects of the changes to RRAMA classifications might equate to a fairer system for all rural GPs, it remains to be seen what effect it will have on attracting Registrars to what is often seen as the more remote parts of Gippsland. Any feedback or input from registrars (positive AND negative) about training in more remote areas of the RTP is welcome and will add to both the regional, and national understanding of how to address this ongoing challenge.
I'd really strongly encourage any Registrars who havent joined GPRA to do so. Membership is free and there are many benefits including access to online exam resources, free registration for some education seminars, regular newsletters, and the opportunity to get involved in various GPRA working groups. There is also a mentor scheme through which GP registrars are linked with medical students or junior doctors and can play a pivotal role by sharing experiences and ideas. I am currently mentoring three people from really different backgrounds and while it's early days yet, it's a highly satisfying experience.
There has been a push to get as many registrars as possible to sign up as GPRA members and its becoming very competitive between RTPs! Do getGP proud and sign up today at www.gpra.org.au