About the Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP)
How the program works
When you undertake a Prevocational General Practice Placement Program (PGPPP) placement you will rotate out of your hospital into a General Practice training post for one or more hospital rotations. At the end of your PGPPP term you will simply rotate back to your hospital. You will remain employed by your state government hospital and continue to be paid by the hospital, accrue leave entitlements, etc. Your medical indemnity also continues to be met by your hospital.
Participation in the PGPPP counts towards required hospital time should
you decide to apply for inclusion in the GP Training Program.
Most PGPPP rotations are of hospital length in duration, that is 10 or 11 weeks. Some composite posts are a minimum of two hospital length rotations such as GP/Obstetrics and GP/Paediatrics.
- You must be employed by a WA state funded hospital
- You must have full medical board registration
- On commencement of the PGPPP you must be at least Post Graduate Year 2
- Overseas Trained Doctors are eligible once full medical board registration has been granted
During the Placement
You wil have the opportunity to:
- consult with patients in a primary care setting and make autonomous decisions (prescribing medication, making referrals, ordering pathology and radiology services, etc) with the support of an experienced GP Supervisor in a high quality teaching environment
- enhance your clinical decision-making skills
- develop basic procedural skills
- make better-informed career decisions.
Quality education and supervision are central to the program and junior doctors are given the opportunity and support to develop their clinical skills, communication skills and medical professionalism in community settings as outlined in the WA Junior Doctor Curriculum.
Why should I do a PGPPP?
Participants who take advantage of our programs do so for a variety of reasons. Some want to ‘test the waters’ of General Practice as a possible career option. Some want to consolidate what is already a strong leaning towards specialising in General Practice. Other participants have said that, although they don’t want to become GPs, they recognise the importance of a General Practice experience in enhancing their understanding of any specialist area they may pursue.