WAGPET’s Submission to AGPT Salary Support Program Review

A submission to the Salary Support Program, which allows more GP registrars to train in Aboriginal health settings and develop the skills necessary to become culturally-safe practitioners.

The current Department of Health review of the Salary Support Program is in its final stages.

The Department has collected information from RTO’s, colleges, organisations, individuals, IGPRN, AIDA and  NACCHOs and many more stakeholders throughout this long-term.

WAGPET has actively engaged in all stages of the process. WAGPET’s latest submission to the Department, involved review of current practices, consultations with communities, Aboriginal Elders and community leaders and the state affiliates, AMS and the broader health sector.  The Salary Support Program allows more GP registrars to train in Aboriginal health settings and develop the skills necessary to become culturally-safe practitioners. The importance of a culturally-skilled medical workforce is instrumental to Closing the Gap in health outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

The submission clearly demonstrates WAGPET’s continued commitment  to advocate for the best outcomes for the state and GP registrar training in Aboriginal health settings. Key points raised include the need to continue:

  • supporting Aboriginal health services to maintain high quality GP registrar learning experiences
  • providing GP registrars who are committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health  and have the opportunities to develop their skill set over protracted training times
  • maximising learning and developmental opportunities for GP registrars, regarding Aboriginal health settings and outcomes.

You can read the full submission here.