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FOR THE ATTENTION OF GP REGISTRARS AND PRACTICE MANAGERS/TRAINERS
The "Application for Recognition as a General Practitioner" form has been renamed and updated by GPET this week and GP Registrars and Practices should note that anyone starting a new application from Monday 1 June 2009 is required to use the new form which is available on the CSQTC website, Forms and Documents page, under the heading Medicare Paperwork http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=11607.
Please dispose of any old forms that you may have kept or stored, and please only use the newly updated form.
The new form is entitled "Application for General Practice Registrar Placement". The other changes made to the form include the unit type terminology and the shortening of the Registrar Declaration section.
For those of you out there who have already started the process of completing your Medicare paperwork (eg. GP Registrars who may have completed a form and already sent it to the Practice awaiting your Trainer's signature), we will still accept the old form. We are allowed an overlap for a short period of time, but there will be a point where we will not accept applications submitted on the old form. GP Registrars and Practices participating in the upcoming MAP for 2010, will be expected to use the new application form once placements have been accepted and confirmed.
GP Registrars and Practices are reminded that paperwork for Medicare access for general practice placements should be submitted 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the placement.
For further information on the steps involved in GP Registrars obtaining Medicare Access, please visit our website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=11476&pid=7198. Please note that we are still in the process of updating our webpages to change the name of the new form in the content, but all links to the Application Form should lead to the new form.
For GP Registrars undertaking their first year of experience in a general practice setting during 2010 (either GP Terms – GPT 1 or GPT 2, or primary rural and remote training) and for Category 1 Practices, MAP 2010 will open Monday 1 June 2009.
From this date GP Registrars will be able to have interviews and sign Employment Agreements with any Category 1 Training Practice shown as AVAILABLE for MAP 2010 on the CSQTC Training Practice List.
GP Registrars who have submitted their Application for GP Terms to CSQTC by this Friday 29 May 2009 will also receive their MAP Registration Number at this time. This number must be quoted when applying for a placement and noted on your "Agreement to Negotiate" form and "Confirmation of Employment Agreement" form. Without this number a GP Registrar will not be able to gain a Practice placement within MAP.
Any GP Registrars who wish to participate in MAP 2010 and have not yet submitted an Application for GP Terms, should do so immediately. The application form can be accessed at http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=14910&pid=11366 – then choose "Application for GP Terms" under Quick Links at the right of the screen.
Further information about MAP is available on the CSQTC website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=14910&pid=11366 – this web page will be updated on Monday 1 June 2009. Any questions, please contact Jo Morris on 07 35528112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in the MAP Preparation Workshop held last Saturday at our Alderley office. More than 20 GP Registrars were in attendance, and we have received fantastic feedback not only on the Workshop itself, but the MAP process as well.
The workshop covered some of the more important topics and changes facing GP Registrars who will be undertaking GP Terms in 2010, such as implications of the recent RRMA/RA geographical classification changes introduced in the Federal Budget 2009-10 which are due to take effect in July 2010, as well as addressing the more common questions that arise before MAP commences.
Special thanks to Dr John Buckley, Director Medical Education and our two GP Registrar speakers, Dr Georga Cooke and Dr Wendy Price. As always Dr Buckley's presentation provided wisdom and insight into the matching and allocation process and dispelled many of the myths of MAP in an informative and entertaining way. Dr Georga Cooke shared her experience of participating in MAP 2009 and provided fantastic tips on applying to and negotiating terms with Practices while Dr Wendy Price's openness and witty presentation on the benefits of looking rural to complete your GP Training provided some thought provoking moments for the group.
Any GP Registrars, planning to participate in MAP and who were unable to attend the workshop should have received a DVD and information pack of the day's events. Please be sure to contact CSQTC staff if you would like to clarify any of the information.
All in all, a great morning was had by all, and the feedback we received has affirmed the value of this Workshop as an integral part of the MAP preparation process and has provided insightful and creative ideas on ways in which we can make this process easier and more effective for future MAPs. Congratulations on a job well done!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the three MAP 2010 Category 1 Training Practice Teleconferences which took place this week, chaired by Dr John Buckley. The turnout was fantastic with representatives of approximately 45 Category 1 Practices participating and we hope that they were of assistance to everyone.
The hot topics of discussion included the upcoming changes to geographical classifications which commence from July 2010 and the introduction of a MAP Registration Number which GP Registrars must quote when applying to Practices.
A MAP 2010 Practice Teleconference Summary document has been emailed to all principle Trainers and Practice Managers, along with the link to the recording of the first Teleconference. All Trainers and Practice staff involved in MAP are encouraged to read the summary document and listen to the recording, prior to MAP 2010 opening on Monday 1 June 2009. CSQTC staff will be in touch with all Category 1 Practices who were unable to participate in a teleconference, over the coming week to answer any questions.
GP Registrars and Practices please take note that the Employment Agreement which is to be used to document agreements that have been negotiated for first year placements as per the National Minimum Terms and Conditions (NMT&C), has been updated to accommodate the changes as per the 2009 NMT&C. Please discard any unused copies of the old Employment Agreement proforma that you may have and ensure that any new agreements that are negotiated are documented on this new form.
The updated form can be accessed in the usual place - on the CSQTC website, Forms and Documents page, under the heading Organising GP Term Placements http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=11607.
Some points to note about the new Agreement Proforma:
In case you missed the Chatter - Special Edition last week, we published some further information to assist our GP Registrars, GP Trainers and Practice Staff understand the possible implications of the decisions made by the Australian Government in the Federal Budget 2009-10 which will impact on the AGPT program. If you have not yet had a chance to read Chatter, please do so in conjunction with GPET's Federal Budget 2009-10 - Frequently Asked Questions available at http://www.agpt.com.au/NewEvents/Update/article.shtml?article=943860171.
CSQTC will be holding its Practice Expo again this year as part of the CSQTC EXPOsed Workshop, which is a workshop for newly enrolling GP Registrars who will be embarking on their general practice placements in 2010. The CSQTC EXPOsed Workshop and Practice Expo will be held on Saturday 5 September 2009 at Bardon in Brisbane. This event is for Category 1 and 2+ Practices only. If your Practice wishes to participate in this Expo, please submit your expression of interest by Friday 26 June 2009, to Brenda Morgan at email@example.com or 07 35528123. We understand that many Practices may be waiting until they have found out if they are successful in obtaining a GP Registrar match in the MAP 2010 before responding, but if you can let us know of your interest as soon as possible, that is appreciated.
Applications for the AGPT 2010 Intake are now open. Those interested in undertaking GP training from January 2010 should visit the AGPT website http://www.agpt.com.au/ApplyforAGPT/NewApplicants/. Applications close Monday 22 June 2009. CSQTC has been allocated a total of 84 AGPT places for the 2010 Intake, consisting of 26 Rural Pathway places, and 58 General Pathway places.
Applicants should note that the Australian Government has made a number of decisions in the 2009/10 Federal Budget that will impact on AGPT. These decisions are not reflected in the AGPT Applicant Guide 2010. Therefore all applicants should read the Federal Budget 2009-10 - Frequently Asked Questions prior to submitting an application.
Just in time for the opening of the AGPT 2010 Intake, five CSQTC staff attended the annual Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital (RBWH) Vocational Expo on the evening of Friday 15 May 2009. This event is the biggest single promotional activity in which we are involved for the promotion of general practice and recruitment for the AGPT program in our region. We were extremely fortunate to have GP Registrar, Dr Georga Cooke, assist us at our booth. Along with our Hospital Liaison Officer, Dr Nam Tran, Georga did a fabulous job of inspiring, enthusing, and encouraging the doctors and medical students who attended, to consider general practice as a desirable, rewarding, challenging and fulfilling medical specialty. General practice, rural medicine and the associated training programs and providers were well represented at the Expo, with both Colleges being present and 4 Regional Training Providers attending, including CSQTC, RRQC, TMT (North Queensland) and NCGPT (Northern NSW). We had in excess of 80 doctors and students visit our booth, and between 30 to 50 attendees stop to talk with us about general practice. Nam and Georga talked themselves hoarse and as always, the feature of our booth each year is that we have a currently enrolled GP Registrar present to give a first hand account of the high quality training and support provided by AGPT. Special thanks to Alex and Veronica for beating the traffic to arrive ahead of the rest of us, and for setting up such a splendid display in record time. Thanks also to the organisers at the RBWH, particularly Jeni de Hayr and her band of helpers for another well planned and successful Expo.
Mater Adults Hospital was host to a small gathering for our AGPT Information Seminar on Tuesday 19 May 2009. Although we only had 8 doctors present, it was a lively presentation with a lot of questions and participation which kept us there for an hour and a half. They were 8 very interested doctors! Staff from RRQC joined CSQTC's Dr Nam Tran at this Seminar, and special thanks to GP Registrar, Dr Abhi Varshney for again taking time out of his busy schedule to represent the GP Registrar view to the interested doctors.
Dr Michael Donohue, Central Queensland Medical Educator based at Yeppoon, presented his first AGPT Information Seminar at Rockhampton Hospital on Wednesday 20 May 2009 to an audience of between 10-15 interns and JHOs. Feedback on the seminar indicated that the picture came across loud and clear that one of the strengths of the AGPT program is the support offered to GP Registrars throughout their training experience. The emphasis on general practice as an attractive career, offering lifestyle and challenging, holistic medicine was also a feature of the presentation. RRQC representatives joined Dr Donohue at Rockhampton Hospital and GP Registrar, Dr Ben Carew gave a balanced and genuine account of life as a GP Registrar.
Dr Nam Tran delivered the Caboolture Hospital Seminar on Thursday 28 May 2209 to a very interested group of 20 doctors. The majority of the audience was extremely interested in GP training and so there were plenty of questions and interaction. This was also the last of the Seminars attended and co-presented by Dr Abhi Varshney, and Abhi reported that he was enthused by the level of interest shown at Caboolture - a good way to end his run of Seminars!
As always, thanks to the Medical Education Officers and their very helpful administration staff at the hospitals we have visited. We are also appreciative of the co-operation of RRQC in co-presenting the Seminars with us and delighted that we have had such an enthusiastic response from the GP Registrars we have asked to present at these Seminars.
June sees the last of our Information Seminars being presented for this year: Toowoomba Hospital will get a visit from our Node Co-ordinator, Dr Trish Rathie on Tuesday 2 June 2009, whilst Gladstone Hospital will host Dr Michael Donohue on Friday 5 June 2009.
Our Hospital Liaison Officer, Dr Nam Tran, will be delivering some more lunchtime clinical education sessions during June 2009. The QEII Hospital seminar will be held on Friday 12 June 2009 and the topic is "General Practice – Critical Medicine at the Coalface". The Mater Hospital Seminar is taking place on Tuesday 23 June 2009 and is entitled "Emergency Presentations and Sexually Transmitted Diseases". CSQTC GP Registrars who are working at these hospitals are encouraged to attend these sessions and this would be a great opportunity to catch up with Nam. Feedback from his previous seminars has been enormously positive and his use of the interactive approach has been extremely well received. Lunch will be provided at these Seminars. Please check with your Medical Education Office regarding times and room location.
Ms Mary Martin, who provides CSCQTC's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Segments has advised that there is an informative Sunday Lecture on the Kilcoy Massacre which took place in 1841 where 50-60 Aboriginals were killed. This 1.5 hour lecture is being provided by Historian and former university professor James Lergessner and is occurring on Sunday 31 May 2009, from 11.00am to 12.30pm at the Policy Museum which is located on the ground floor of Police Headquarters, 200 Roma Street, Brisbane.
The Inala Chronic Disease Management Service has been successfully rebranded to the Brisbane South Complex Diabetes Service from 1 July 2009. GPs and Practice staff are invited to the launch of the new service, which is taking place on Wednesday 17 June 2009, 6.00pm - 8.00pm at the Jindalee Hotel, Sinnamon Road, Jindalee. If you wish to attend the launch, please RSVP to Mal on 0410630316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CSQTC is one of the Partner Organisations for this project.
Nominations for the 2009 GPET Awards are now open. These awards are designed to honour significant contributions from individuals and organisations involved in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program, including Registrars, Supervisors, Educators, RTP staff, RTPs, and organisations working closely with RTPs and that contribute to the AGPT program. This year GPET will also be presenting the inaugural Environmental Encouragement Award, recognising organisations’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. The awards will be presented at the GPET Convention on Wednesday 2 September 2009, at the Hilton Adelaide.
There are seven award categories, including GP Registrar of the Year and GP Supervisor of the Year. For more information on the award categories and how to nominate, go to the GPET Awards page on the AGPT website http://www.agpt.com.au/NewEvents/Awards/. Nominations close Friday 10 July 2009.
Enrolments for the next RACGP Examination close 5pm Friday 3 July 2009. For further information please visit the RACGP website http://www.racgp.org.au/assessment.
GP Registrars are reminded that CSQTC provides on its website a link to organisations and other providers of professional development opportunities and resources that may be of interest to GP Registrars, GP Trainers and Practice Managers. You can access this information at http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=45563&pid=5412.
For GP Registrars. CSQTC understands that the website http://www.gpregistrar.com.au/ provides information about a forthcoming professional development activity that may be of interest to GP Registrars. If you wish to find out more about this activity, you can register on the forum via the website (registering is easy and free through www.gpregistrar.com.au using the discussion board link). You can also seek further information by emailing email@example.com.
One of your female GP Registrar colleagues is looking for one other (non-smoking) person to share a 2 bed 2 bath unit less than $450/week, from July 2009, in or around Brisbane centre, or in the inner Northern suburbs (eg. New Farm, Hamilton, Clayfield/Nundah). She has all supplies to stock a kitchen + laundry + own bedroom +/- outdoor area. If you think you might fit the bill and would like to be put in touch, please contact your RLO, Dr Danika Fietz on firstname.lastname@example.org so that your details can be passed on.
GPET's latest Registrar Update is now available on the AGPT Website http://www.agpt.com.au/Registrars/RegistrarUpdates/. This month's edition contains notifications about the opening of applications for the AGPT 2010 Intake; the GPET 2009 Convention Program being online; nominations for GPET Awards 2009; and information about the Federal Budget 2009/10 - Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
GPpartners: Conference "ABC for GPs. Navigating Antenatal, Baby and Child health services in Brisbane North"
Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) - PEPA Education Evening
ACRRM and RDAA Conference - Rural Medicine Australia 2009
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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