Nodes (Local Training Areas) - FAQsWhy does CSQTC have training nodes (local training areas) within its region?
CSQTC covers a large geographic area. During its establishment CSQTC realised that GP Registrars and Practices needed a sense of local contact and presence. Therefore, the region was divided geographically into sub-regions, called “training nodes” in order to create a local identity and support closer to the GP Registrars and Training Practices.
What are the nodes?
CSQTC’s nodes are:
- Central Queensland
- Greater Brisbane and Valley
- Logan/Gold Coast
- South West Queensland/St George
- Sunshine Coast
- Toowoomba and Surrounds
- Wide Bay/Bundaberg
How does a node work?
- Each node has a part-time Medical Educator who lives and works within the node. This provides an excellent base for support and contact for Training Practices and GP Registrars. The local Node Medical Educator coordinates local education activities for GP Registrars and GP Trainers as well as organising External Clinical Teaching Visits.
- Training Practices are also organised into node groups. The CSQTC Training Practice database lists Practices by node grouping.
- Node Medical Educators are local GPs within a node who give part of their week to the education and support needs of GP Registrars and Training Practices.
- Node Medical Educators also provide a local presence and connection for CSQTC across our region.
- Details of current Node Medical Educators can be found on our website: in each Node section or in the Contact Us - Educators section.
- Each node has an education program for GP Registrars in their first 12 months of general practice.
- Each node’s program is different because of local issues of relevance and the geographical possibilities of GP Registrars getting together.
- The education activities for each Training Node can be found on CSQTC’s website Calendars.
All the Educators with CSQTC meet twice per year. Part of their discussions is planning education content so that
a) there is little overlap when GP Registrars move between Training Nodes; and
b) there is good quality, similar content coverage for all GP Registrars, no matter where they are.