Tasmanian trainee GPs tested

Experienced doctors training to specialise and become GPs will be put to the test with a range of simulated emergency scenarios at GPTT’s Approach to Medical Emergencies workshop held on March 28.

The workshop saw 20 trainee GPs rehearse their medical skills on talented actors using their performance skills to make the scenarios as realistic as possible.

GPTT Deputy Director of Education, Dr Rachael Boland, said the workshop provides invaluable experience for the next generation of Tasmanian GPs.

“General practice is a speciality field of medicine, requiring doctors to complete extensive training to be able to respond to wide range of presentations,” Dr Boland said.

“The Approach to Medical Emergencies workshop provides these doctors with opportunities to practise managing a variety of emergency scenarios in the GP clinic or community setting, which even for very experienced emergency doctors can be challenging.

“The types of emergencies we are covering are not seen very often, but can have devastating consequences which is why it is so important to have opportunities to rehearse these skills.

“We are fortunate to have a group of fabulous Tasmanian actors to make these scenarios as realistic as possible, and working in small groups with a Specialist GP enables plenty of feedback and learning opportunities.

“We are teaching skills that can be applied to any emergency these doctors encounter for the rest of their careers.”

“We are very fortunate in Tasmania that our training program continues to attract quality applicants, and importantly the majority of these doctors remain in Tasmania upon completion of their specialty GP training.  80 % of GPTT’s trainees who have achieved Fellowship in the past 5 years continue to live and work in Tasmania.

Applications for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program are now open and close on 19 April.  Anyone interested in applying for this program or finding out more information can visit