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Welcome to our 2009 training year. CSQTC staff have been off and running since 5 January to finalise preparation for this year's activities, which begin with our GP Term Introductory Workshop on 12 January 2009 for GP Registrars commencing general practice placements in Term 2009.1. We anticipate that 53 GP Registrars will be attending this workshop.
A special welcome to our 82 new GP Registrars who are commencing the AGPT program with us for 2009. Of these, 58 are undertaking the General Pathway and 24 are undertaking the Rural Pathway. Of our commencing GP Registrars, 44 will be undertaking GP Terms, 35 will be undertaking hospital-based terms, with 5 commencing their year on parental leave. We are keen to meet our new cohort of Registrars at a special welcome program that is being planned and will be separately advised.
CSQTC is looking forward to an exciting year with several developments occurring, including the planning and staged implementation of a web-based Learning Management System to help streamline education and administrative processes for our GP Registrars and GP Trainers. More information will be provided on this in due course.
There are a number of staff changes that have occurred this year with Dr Nam Tran taking up duty as our new Hospital Liaison Officer (HLO). Nam is following into this role which was excellently served by Dr Scott Preston, who is now a CSQTC Medical Educator. Nam is a past graduate of CSQTC's AGPT program.
We also have Ms Brenda Morgan starting with us next week, taking up the position of Executive Officer - Quality and Accreditation. Brenda will be responsible for co-ordinating the recruitment, selection and accreditation/re-accreditation of CSQTC's Training Practices and Trainers, and other quality development initiatives. You will find out a little more about Nam and Brenda in upcoming issues of Chatter.
CSQTC wishes to thank Mrs Bev McPhee for her co-ordination of CSQTC's Practice recruitment, selection and accreditation processes, which she has undertaken since 2005. Bev has now formally retired and we wish her and her family the very best in her future endeavours.
During Term 1 this year, CSQTC will be launching and co-ordinating our Practice Recruitment and Selection Process for Training Practices and Trainers who wish to provide GP training for our GP Registrars during the 2010-2012 triennium. This is a significant process and existing and future Practices and Trainers, registered with CSQTC, will be advised of the requirements for this process in February 2009.
On behalf of the CSQTC Board and Staff, I wish all who are associated with the AGPT program and CSQTC's other programs and services a very successful and fulfilling training year.
Peter Harrison, CEO
Today sees the last of our PGPPP Junior Doctors, Sarah Ledger and Isehardy Murni complete their placements at Southport Medical Centre and St George Medical Centre. Our Practices have not surprisingly delivered exceptionally high quality education and training and have been impressed with the calibre of Gold Coast Hospital Junior Doctors participating in the program, so our sincere thanks and congratulations to all parties involved with the program in 2008.
We wish all our PGPPP doctors the very best as they venture out of the hospital wards into the world of general practice, most particularly Emma Gardiner Smith who is heading out to St George for the first rotation and Nicolle Furlonger who is off to Southport Medical Centre.
The PGPPP offers Junior Doctors the opportunity to build confidence and enhance their understanding of the integration between primary and secondary health care. We look forward to hearing about their experience over the course of the next twelve months.
Veronica Wain, PGPPP Co-Ordinator
CSQTC is holding the first of its GP Term Introductory Workshops at the Bardon Conference Centre on Monday and Tuesday 12-13 January 2009. This workshop is for all GP Registrars commencing their first GP Terms between January and July this year.
Fifty-three GP Registrars will be joining us to hear from speakers about the first week in Practice, the Dirty Dozen, self maintenance, records and requests, Medicare Australia, Aboriginal Health, part-time training, and what's ahead for them in general practice terms. This is an opportunity for the GP Registrars to get to know each other and in particular to meet those GP Registrars who will be in the same Node. Various CSQTC staff members also take the opportunity to meet GP Registrars at this workshop. We wish our GP Registrars all the best as they embark on their general practice career.
A reminder to Practices and GP Registrars that the 2009 Minimum Terms & Conditions (NMT&C) for GP Term 1 and GP Term 2 Registrars (ie. for those Registrars in first year GP Terms) has been released. Registrars and Practices who have signed employment agreements for 2009 placements need to ensure that the appropriate amendments have been made to existing agreements.
Please refer to the Chatter article in the 23 December edition http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/content/Document/CSQTCNews_23Dec2008.html#five for further information.
The National Minimum Terms & Conditions (NMT&C) is only applicable to GP Term placements that are organised for GP Registrars in their first year of GP Terms.
As a guide, most Practices work on the principle that a GP Registrar in their later stages of training should be paid at least as much as a Registrar in GPT 2 (second six months GP Terms), and then negotiate from there. CSQTC advises GP Registrars to become employees of the Practice. However, it is possible for a GP Registrar to be a self-employed contractor (unlike in the first 12 months of GP terms). We advise GP Registrars considering this option to gain appropriate financial and legal advice and visit the ATO website www.ato.gov.au.
Our Registrar Liaison Officer, Dr Danika Fietz, has written an informative article on the issue of Independent Contractor versus Employee http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/content/Document/CSQTCNews_21Nov2008.html#seven.
The CSQTC Information Sheet - GP Placements from months 13 onwards also provides useful advise on arrangement placements for this stage of training, and is available on the Forms and Documents Page under the sub-heading Organising GP Term Placements http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=11607#organising.
Who to contact if you have questions about negotiating second year placements?
There are still places available at the upcoming GP Trainers and Practice Managers Workshop on the weekend of 17-18 January 2009. The workshop, entitled "Working Together: Manager & Trainer Skills Development and CSQTC Update" is open to all Practice Managers and GP Trainers, from CSQTC registered Category 1, 2 and 2+ Training Practices, who have not already attended a 2 day CSQTC workshop this year. Please visit our website where you can download the form http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=40411. Forms should be submitted directly to YRD (our events organiser), as per the instructions on the form. The program for this workshop has not yet been finalised but if you have any questions please contact either Dr John Buckley or Dr Peter McKain at the CSQTC office on 07 35528100.
This workshop is not compulsory, however we encourage you to take advantage of this optional educational activity. We look forward to seeing you there!
Inala Primary Care has an opportunity for a GP Registrar to gain some experience in chronic disease. This position would be suitable for some extended skills training time, for a Registrar who has completed their first 12 months GP Terms, and is available from February 2009. The hours of work are Tuesday mornings 8.00am to 12.30pm. The GP Registrar would be working side by side with Specialist Endocrinologist Tony Russell, with full supervision. This position could be done concurrently with a GP placement at another Practice as it is only one morning per week. When done concurrently with another GP placement, the other placement must be at least 3 sessions per week.
GP Registrars interested in further information/details should contact Prof Claire Jackson at email@example.com. Alternatively they can call the practice manager, Cathy Brown at the practice on 07 32755444. GP Registrars who are interested in the position may be able to speak with the current GP Registrar in the placement - please email Julie Ball at CSQTC firstname.lastname@example.org for the Registrar's contact details.
CSQTC has been advised of a hospital-based position available from January 2009 in Palliative Care on the Sunshine Coast that may be suitable as an Extended Skills posts for a GP Registrar. This Palliative Care Registrar position would be based at Nambour Hospital and would also involve some time at Caloundra Hospital. It would include home visits and clinics. The Registrar would be supervised by two consultants - Dr Fabio Brecciaroli and Dr Louise Welch. At the end of the six month placement, the Registrar would qualify for a Diploma in Palliative Medicine. For further details about the position, please contact Dr Fabio Brecciaroli Fabio_Brecciaroli@health.qld.gov.au or Dr Louise Welch Louise_Welch@health.qld.gov.au. If you are interested in undertaking this position and wish to apply for it as an Extended Skills post towards your AGPT program, please contact either Dr Peter McKain, CSQTC Senior Medical Educator email@example.com or Amanda McCabe firstname.lastname@example.org. Although we indicate that this post may be suitable for Extended Skills, approval of the post for a GP Registrar's training program is given on a case by case basis, and is based on the individual Extended Skills application form submitted to CSQTC.
The dates for the RACGP Examination 2009 enrolment are:
Please see the RACGP website for further information http://www.racgp.org.au/exam.
Information regarding the 2010 intake, and on how to apply, will be progressively posted on the AGPT website over the next few weeks http://www.agpt.com.au/ApplyforAGPT/NewApplicants/. However, doctors interested in applying can take the first steps now by visiting the website to read about eligibility requirements and the application process.
STEMI's next ACLS Level 3A course at the CSQTC Alderley Office is on Saturday 17 January 2009. This ACLS Level 3A course meets the RACGP Advanced Life Support (ALS) requirement for all currently enrolled GP Registrars. We have been advised that places are still available so anyone interested is encouraged to contact STEMI immediately.
How to enrol in the ACLS 3A course? To apply for enrolment, please contact STEMI directly as soon as possible via email email@example.com. More information about STEMI courses can be found on their website http://www.stemi.com.au/.
ALS Requirement for GP Registrars. Further information about the ALS requirement for ALL GP Registrars has been published on the CSQTC website http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=7524&pid=7517. If you require any further information about this ACLS course relative to training in AGPT, please contact Julie Ball firstname.lastname@example.org /Ph: 07 35528134. Until we receive further clarification from the RACGP, all GP Registrars, including 2008 and 2009 GP Registrars, who complete this STEMI ACLS 3A course in January 2009 will have this recognised as meeting the ALS requirement.
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 35228134.
Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF)
Queensland Primary Health Care Research Evaluation and Development (PHCRED)
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
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