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Following the Second Round of interviews for the AGPT 2010 Intake, CSQTC made offers to fill all remaining Rural Pathway vacancies. Subsequent to these offers being made there has been a late withdrawal and so this vacancy will be made available to applicants for Round 3 which includes existing applicants and new applicants from the 2nd Intake. We expect that AGPT will be advising applicants of this information.
CSQTC is pleased to welcome our new Registrars accepting places in the Second Round and we encourage you to read Dr John Buckley's Chatter article of 11 September 2009, bidding 'A Hundred Thousand Welcomes' to you http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/content/Document/CSQTCNews_11Sep2009.html#one.
This is the first of CSQTC's weekly newsletters 'Consortium Chatter' that our new GP Registrars will receive. CSQTC's preferred method of communication is via email and we disseminate important information and updates via our weekly newsletter and website. As a new GP Registrar, you are urged to ensure that CSQTC has your current email address at all times and to check your email account at least on a weekly basis. Chatter is normally published and emailed on a Friday each week, but occasionally it may be issued on a different day. In addition to being emailed each week, each edition of 'Consortium Chatter' is published on the website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=41396&pid=11522. We encourage you to take the time to read Chatter each week...it will only take 5 minutes. We value your feedback and suggestions and invite you to provide feedback about our newsletter and website. Please direct your feedback to Julie Ball, Executive Officer - Communication & Policy firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 35528134.
For some further information about what CSQTC wants to you know at this stage, please read on....
A big congratulations to Dr Pat Byrnes on receiving the Research Paper Prize 2009 for the most outstanding research paper at the RACGP Queensland Faculty's 52nd Gold Coast Clinical Update Conference. The award was presented at the 2009 RACGP Queensland Faculty Fellowship and Awards Ceremony on 29 August 2009. You can read more about the awards and see photos from the event in the RACGP Qld Faculty's Spring Edition Newsletter.
Dr Byrnes is CSQTC's Node Medical Educator for the Wide Bay/Bundaberg Node and is also the Principal Trainer at the Alexandra Park Medical Centre.
Following GPET's release of the latest set of FAQs which have been developed to clarify changes to the 2010 AGPT program training year, we have received a few queries from our GP Registrars. CSQTC is working on a document which aims to interpret and simplify these changes, relative to CSQTC Registrars and Training Locations/Practices. We anticipate having this document available early next week. As soon as it is finalised, the information will be published on CSQTC's website, so keep an eye out for it. Next week's Chatter will contain an announcement and link to where the information can be located.
The next enrolment intake period for the RACGP Examination will commence on Monday 26 October 2009 and close on Friday 11 December 2009. The RACGP has acknowledged that some GP Registrars won't complete the required 6 (six) or 8 (eight) active units by the closing date for enrolments but will complete these units prior to the commencement of the Exam. Therefore, Registrars who will have completed the required 6 (six) or 8 (eight) active units by 8 February 2010 may still be eligible to enrol.
Registrars who intend to enrol in the 2010.1 RACGP Exam are urged to notify CSQTC (email Anthony Dunn email@example.com), and the following actions will occur:
Upon receiving notification from you that you intend to apply for enrolment in the 2010.1 Exam, CSQTC will forward you a resource pack.
For further information about the Exam please visit the RACGP website:
The CSQTC Clinical Exam Support Workshop will be held on the evening of Wednesday 10 March 2010 and invitations will be forwarded closer to the time. The date for the Queensland Faculty RACGP Exam Preparation Workshop is yet to be advised. You can read more about how CSQTC can assist Registrars with exam preparation, by visiting the following website pages:
A friendly reminder to part-time Registrars in subsequent GP Terms that they are eligible to apply for acceleration of their training time by submitting 2 log diaries 3 months apart during their subsequent GP Terms. Please refer to the CSQTC website page http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=8043 for further information about acceleration of part-time training.
Dr Danika Fietz, Registrar Liaison Officer
CSQTC and General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) have recently finalised a formal agreement for CSQTC to administer the GPET funded GPRA GP Compass initiative for some Queensland hospitals within CSQTC’s training region. GP Compass will function as a general practice interest group, seeking to promote the benefits of a life and career in general practice to prevocational doctors within the hospital system. CSQTC will be piloting the GP Compass initiative by having GP Ambassadors within some selected hospitals who will act as 'go to' person for any prevocational doctors who are interested in pursuing a career in general practice.
We are pleased to announce that two of our GP Registrars have very enthusiastically taken on the roles of GP Ambassador within their hospitals. Dr Aletia Johnson is our GP Ambassador at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Dr Dora Lee is Queen Elizabeth II Hospital's GP Ambassador. We are extremely thankful to Dora and Aletia for taking on these voluntary roles, and both have provided tremendous input already as to how we might increase our profile and that of general practice amongst prevocational hospital doctors.
We are currently working on organising a social dinner where we hope to have a small number of our GP Registrars who are working in general practice, to join our GP Ambassadors and some CSQTC medical staff, and share dinner and their experiences in GP with a group of hospital doctors. Any CSQTC GP Registrars currently working in general practice who can spare an evening and who would like an opportunity to influence the future general practice workforce by sharing their story are encouraged to get in touch with us now to flag your interest. The proposed date is the evening of Friday 20 November 2009, however, the date and funding are yet to be confirmed. We would love to hear from you though, so if you're interested, please contact Julie Ball on 07 35528134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking forward to the publication of the GP Compass magazine which will be launched at the GPRA Future Series Workshop in Sydney on Friday 6 November. This magazine will be a useful resource to be distributed in hospitals to promote the benefits of a career in general practice to prevocational doctors.
CSQTC is delighted to be working in partnership with GPRA, our GP Ambassadors Dora and Aletia, and the participating hospitals to facilitate the GP Compass initiative.
Dr Nam Tran, our Hospital Liaison Officer, returns to Redland Hospital to present his 'Sexually transmitted infections and their presentations in the Emergency' Clinical Education Seminar at lunchtime on Tuesday 20 October 2009. Any GP Registrars working at Redland Hospital are encouraged to attend Nam's seminar and spread the word among your peers to go along! Feedback we have received from RBWH RMO's who attended this session in September was extremely positive, citing the interactive format of the seminar, and Nam's clear, informative and entertaining style to be highlights. The majority of hospital doctors who have attended Nam's seminars have found the content very relevant to their clinical practice as a resident.
A CSQTC contingent will be heading to the Gold Coast on Wednesday next week to participate in the Griffith University Medicine Society (GUMS) Futures Evening. The 2009 GUMS Futures Evening is a new event being run for the first time this year, primarily targeted to final year medical students at Griffith University but is open to all medical students from Griffith University, Bond University and the University of Queensland. The aim of the evening is to provide information to these students that is relevant to them in the years immediately following their graduation and subsequent entry into the medical workforce. CSQTC will have a trade stall as well as two speakers who will present during a 15 minute time slot.
GPET is looking for the next Registrar Research and Development Officer (RRADO) - a part-time, 12 month, paid position starting in early 2010. The RRADO will assist in the professional development of fellow GP Registrars; represent GPET on national research committees; assist in developing Registrar research policies; assist in organising academic and research workshops; and attend, present or facilitate educational sessions relating to research at education meetings and national conferences among other things. The successful applicant will be based with their regional training provider in the successful applicant’s region, with a requirement to work from GPET’s Canberra office for periods of time at regular intervals, eg. two days on a monthly basis, as negotiated. The position may be classed as an accredited AGPT special/extended skills post if appropriate. An information package for the role of the RRADO, including details of duties and responsibilities, selection criteria, conditions of employment and remuneration can be found on the AGPT website http://www.agpt.com.au/GPETtheCompany/Employment/. The closing date for applications is Friday 6 November 2009.
The October edition of the GPRA Newsletter is now available and will have been sent to those who have subscribed to the newsletter. In this edition you will read about RACGP Examination fees; Dr Abhi Varshney's RACGP GP Registrar of the Year award; information about Dr Rachel Lee, the new Registrar rep on the GPET Board; Medicare Australia's online education services helping new health professionals get practice ready; and more...to keep up to date with what's going on at GPRA, visit their website http://www.gpra.org.au/enews.php.
GP Registrars, GP Trainers and Practice Staff may find a wealth of information in the College newsletters. The RACGP publishes departmental and Faculty newsletters, and these can be found online at http://www.racgp.org.au/newsletters. Of specific relevance to Queenslanders are the RACGP Qld Faculty Newsletters http://www.racgp.org.au/qld/newsletter. ACRRM publishes several newsletters which are also available on its website. See the ACRRM homepage http://www.acrrm.org.au/ - in the bottom right corner you will see links to its publications, which includes Country Watch Newsletter and the FACRRM Fundamentals newsletter.
The latest edition of GPET's Training Provider Update is now available on the AGPT website http://www.agpt.com.au/TrainingProviders/RTPUpdates/. This month you will read about the new GPET Board Appointments; Draft AGPT Policies now available on the AGPT website for comment; the 2010 Registrar Research and Development Officer (RRADO) position availability; and upcoming events.
In this section, we will include details of upcoming educational opportunities, such as teleconferences, courses, workshop, conferences etc, run by organisations other than CSQTC. CSQTC provides this as a service to GP Registrars and stakeholder organisations. If organisations would like upcoming events relevant to GP Registrars listed here, please contact Julie Ball email@example.com or 07 35528134.
GPRA Future Series Workshop
Watch this space for upcoming FAQs. If you have a question, the answer to which you believe would be helpful to others, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. FAQs can be accessed via the CSQTC website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=7663&pid=5440
All CSQTC Calendars may be accessed via the link http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=11615
For the dates of GP Registrar Educational Activities for each training Node, visit the Node Calendar pages on the CSQTC website:
If you need to get in touch with individual staff members at CSQTC, please refer to our website for a full listing of staff within areas of interest http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=7731&pid=5408
Please advise CSQTC of any changes to address or contact details immediately on email@example.com. This includes changes to: Telephone/fax numbers; Email address; Street/postal address; Surname (eg. for Registrars who become married); Practice Name; Practice Staff (Trainers and Practice Managers).
PO Box 83
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