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Queensland Health Rural Generalist Program Integration
Congratulations to the 2009 RACGP Award Winners
Peter Harrison, CEO
Following the May 2009 Australian Government Budget announcements, a set of FAQs have been developed to clarify changes to the 2010 AGPT program training year known, as at 23 September 2009. These changes include the simplified rules regarding general pathway Registrars’ outer metropolitan and rural training requirements; the new remoteness classification system underpinning these new pathway requirements; and the new incentives scheme (GPRIP) that will replace the current RRIPS. Some of these changes will come into effect on 1 January 2010 and others 1 July 2010. Please visit the AGPT website to read the document entitled "2010 Training Year Changes FAQs Sept 2009" http://www.agpt.com.au/Registrars/GeneralInformation/.
CSQTC is currently 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 very soon!
Applications have now closed for the 2nd Intake into AGPT for 2010 entry. CSQTC has recently completed interviews for the 2nd Round of the 1st Intake. As from 16 October 2009, we will know whether CSQTC has any available Rural Pathway positions to offer for the 2nd Intake.
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, 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:
UP TO DATE
RACGP Exam Fees
* Both of these can be used on Registrar membership if people will not become a Fellow in the time frame, which is up to and including the 2011/12 renewal.
The RACGP is extending this to all doctors who sit the exams, ie. IMGs outside of the GP training program, and so this will equate to around $900,000 in lost possible revenue for the RACGP.
You can read the RACGP media release regarding this issue on the RACGP website http://www.racgp.org.au/media2009/34569 "GPRA & RACGP respond to registrar concerns" 9 October 2009.
If you have any comments or queries, please contact me on email@example.com.
Dr Danika Fietz, Registrar Liaison Officer
We are in the process of seeking final clarification from the RACGP regarding the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Requirement under the RACGP Requirements for Fellowship 2005, as to which cohort of GP Registrars the 2005 Requirements will apply and how the new (2005) ALS requirement is to be implemented.
In the meantime, whilst we are awaiting clarification from the RACGP, they have advised that the criteria set in place for the RACGP Requirements for Fellowship 2001 will be accepted as a minimum standard for the ALS requirement.
Are you a GP Registrar who is completing training time soon? CSQTC has started reviewing training profiles for those GP Registrars who are due to complete their AGPT time requirements between now and January 2010 and according to our records there are some Registrars whose certificates indicate that their ALS skills have expired. For Completion of Training (COT) for Registrars proceeding towards the FRACGP, their ALS skills certification must be current as at their completion in order for the College Censor to sign off. ALS currency is determined by having completed an approved ALS course within 3 years of COT. If you are due to complete your training time soon and you are aware that your ALS skills certification has expired, you may be interested to know that the STEMI ACLS 3A course, which has been deemed to meet the RACGP Requirements for Fellowship 2001, is being held at the CSQTC office in Alderley on Saturday 14 November 2009. For further information about this course and to reserve your place, please visit the STEMI website http://www.stemi.com.au/pane.php?id=10 or email ACLS@stemi.com.au. You may also be eligible for course fee reimbursement from CSQTC, for an approved ALS course (providing you have not already claimed reimbursement). If you have any questions about this, please contact Anthony Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 35528148.
Are you due to complete your training and time requirements at the end of 2009/early 2010? If so, it will be of benefit to you to read the CSQTC web pages on Completion of Training. Please also review the Completion of Training FAQs.
CSQTC will forward individual letters and printouts of training units and activities to each GP Registrar who is due to complete time at the end of 2009/early 2010.
Continuing Medicare Access whilst awaiting Fellowship:
The RACGP requires GP Registrars to submit applications for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) during their first year of training. ACRRM does not stipulate a timeframe for RPL application submission, however, ALL GP Registrars are encouraged to submit RPL applications during their first year of training.
An email reminder was sent last month to those Registrars who had previously advised us that they intended to apply for RPL. We haven't heard from about 25 of you, and we are hoping that you can respond to us soon!
It is advisable to submit applications well before December, because our experience has shown that it can be very difficult to obtain documentation from hospitals during the lead up to Christmas. We need sufficient time to check the application, advise Registrars of any documentation still needed in order to forward the application to the appropriate Censor for adjudication within the timeframe stipulated by the College. (NB: If you wish to sit the 2010.1 RACGP Exam, it is particularly important that your RPL application is submitted as soon as possible or there is no guarantee it will have been considered by the Censor in time for you to meet the Exam enrolment deadline).
We strongly encourage 2009 Cohort Registrars to submit RPL applications by 30 October 2009. If you are having any challenges in submitting your paperwork, we'd love to hear from you! To update CSQTC on the status of your application or to ask any questions in order to finalise your application, please contact Susan Garside email@example.com or 07 3552 8100.
To obtain further information about RPL and to download the application forms, please go to the CSQTC website: http://www.csqtc.qld.edu.au/index.php?action=view&view=7514&pid=7198.
GP Registrars who have recently accepted a place with CSQTC for the 2010 Cohort, who wish to apply for RPL, do not need to submit their applications until next year. However, if you are commencing general practice terms in January 2010 and do not intend to return to the hospital system, it is advisable to ensure that you obtain copies of your duty statements and assessment forms when you leave the hospital in January next year.
Comments from CSQTC's Dr Graham Emblen and Dr John Buckley feature in a recent Australian Doctor article entitled "Tell it like it is - Registrars want more feedback from supervisors, but it should be handled with care". The article is worth a read and reminds GP Trainers/Supervisors of the importance of regular, constructive and well-timed feedback being provided to their GP Registrars. Methods such as sitting in for direct observation or video-taping Registrar consultations are a vital part of the feedback process. John encourages Supervisors to be careful of the timing of feedback they provide to their Registrars and Graham speaks of the the value of Supervisors seeking feedback from their Registrars on their own consultations and teaching strategies. To read more, visit the Australian Doctor website http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/articles/34/0c064134.asp? (you may need to register for an individual username and password).
Dr Pat Byrnes features in this week's Medical Observer as a guest blogger, writing on the subject of nurse practitioners. Read what Pat has to say at http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/Blog/18/99/Default.aspx.
Congratulations to the following CSQTC Registrars who have recently received their FRACGP Award: Kaverjit Gujral, Shamima Akhter, Abhilash Varshney, Tireshni Prasad.
The latest edition of GPET's Registrar Update is now available on the AGPT website http://www.agpt.com.au/Registrars/RegistrarUpdates/. This month you will read about the 2010 Training Year changes; the Indigenous GP Registrars Network Meeting; the Rural Pathway Registrar "Future Practice Intentions" survey; and recent and upcoming events.
The latest edition of the GPET Update is now available on the AGPT website http://www.agpt.com.au/NewEvents/Updates/. This edition provides updates on RTP collaboration plans and contracting with GPET for 2010-12; the Minister's Statement of Expectations; PGPPP transitional arrangements; Indigenous health training; RTP review and accreditation; and the latest FAQ release regarding 2010 Training Year changes.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 35528134.
Rural Health Education Foundation (RHEF)
Avant GP Registrar Teleconference Series
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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