As you would be aware, in 2017, the Federal Government announced that it would be transitioning management of GP training to an approach led by the GP Colleges. This announcement has since signaled the onset of major change to GP vocational training delivery under the AGPT program. Set to commence in early 2023, the new college led approach is yet to be finalised and will not rely on the existing RTO model, which will be dismantled. The Commonwealth Department of Health is continuing to work with RACGP, ACRRM and major stakeholders to define the future model for GP Training.
While now is a necessary time to have voices heard by the decision-makers orchestrating the future of GP Training post-2022, it is also a time to pause and reflect on what is currently working well in Tasmania.
Recruitment of GPs can have its challenges, but Tasmania has performed well in the recruitment of GP registrars into the AGPT program and retention post Fellowship. Each year GPTT attracts a strong pool of applicants, with more than the available places. This reflects a now well-established, robust program leaving GPTT well placed further to improve GP registrar workforce distribution in our state.
We are proud of the training program developed here in Tasmania. Our stakeholder feedback is reflective of what many years of consolidated, high quality GP education and training expertise can bring. Annual survey results from the AGPT National Registrar Survey indicate GPTT registrars have high levels of satisfaction across GP training, education, supervision and support.
The GPSA survey also highlights a high percentage of Tasmanian GP Supervisors (89%) agree that the current GP training model, as used in Tasmania, should continue. You can read the full GPSA survey report here.
Disruption to the GP training landscape is inevitable as we move closer to the 2023 handover. I can assure you the GPTT team remains focused on our core business – delivering the highest quality GP training for our registrars and providing support to our supervisors and practices. We strive to make this transition period as smooth as possible for our registrars, supervisors, practices and Tasmanian communities. To this end, we will also endeavour to provide regular updates as the transition process unfolds and the college led operating models are determined.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and thank you to all who continue to contribute to excellence in GP training in Tasmania.