Protect the rural focus on GP training

THE Rural Doctors Association of Victoria (RDAV) Management Committee is disappointed that the Federal Government has announced its intention to close General Practice Education and Training (GPET) with transition of its functions to the Department of Health by the end of 2014; and to re-tender the 17 Rural Training programs provided nationally by regional and metropolitan training consortia which are currently contracted to deliver the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT).

While is it is expected that these changes will result in savings to government, RDAV is concerned that the desire to save money will compromise the safety and quality of general practice training, which will have a detrimental effect on rural health workforce recruitment and retention.

RDAV is especially concerned local governance and responsiveness will be lost and there will be a return to the pre-1996 situation of de-prioritising of regional and rural needs.

The RDAV management committee urges the government to retain a regionalised focus for general practice training. The Regional Clinical Schools and Regional Training Providers have demonstrated increasing success in enabling the rural pipeline.

To this end RDAV does not support a model where there is one GP training provider for Victoria. A centralised arrangement will negatively impact on the health and wellbeing of rural and regional communities.

Dr Nola Maxfield,

Vice President, Rural Doctors Association of Victoria

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