An Innovative Approach to Building Training Capacity

WAGPET is undertaking an innovative study to help build training capacity in the Goldfields region of WA.

The study was born out of feedback from our regions about the need for support to increase training capacity in rural, remote and Aboriginal health training settings. As WAGPET programs attract more doctors in training, targeted, sustained placements become even more of an imperative. While a solely market driven approach could provide sufficient high quality posts to accommodate these increased numbers, WAGPET is committed to ensuring that communities most in need of doctors should receive additional support to increase their training capacity.  

Developing a framework to deliver this support depends on asking those who are best placed to tell us what is needed - the local community. The project has adopted a community development approach to ensure local ownership and sustainability of the project outcomes. 

The Goldfields has been identified as the region currently in greatest need of this support and one where WAGPET’s track record lags that of other regions. By learning from the success of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) model and identifying common processes in establishing capacity and attractiveness in the Goldfields, WAGPET intends to assist other regions to develop similar capacity. 

The study will initially be undertaken over 12 months to ascertain what the region says it needs, and will support, around training and supervision capacity, support mechanisms,  infrastructure and cultural training and mentorship, particularly in areas where WAGPET does not have a significant presence. The study will also identify procedural opportunities in the region and potential composite placement models to enable registrars to undertake all of their training in the region.  

In addition, the project is being carried out “on the ground” by Dr Michael Wilson, former CEO of Northern Territory General Practice Education. Michael has substantial experience in community development approaches and a strong track record in Aboriginal health and research and is based in Kalgoorlie for the duration of the project.   

The project team also comprises Dr Kaye Atkinson, Dr Simon Towler, Maryanne Coombs and Laura Spring. 

The development of an integrated training framework for the region, by the region, is an exciting piece of work that will help improve the provision of quality, safe patient care for the local community. It is expected that a small number of registrars and/or prevocational doctors will be selected to trial the new opportunities in the Goldfields in late 2013 to 2014. 

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