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 the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) 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 either: Fremantle, Joondalup, Royal Perth or Sir Charles Gairdner Hospitals or WA Country Health Service (WACHS) for the Rural Practice Pathway (RPP)
- Gain employment with St John of God (SJOG) - Subiaco, for "GP-Wise" RMO Training Positions
- You must have full General Registration with the Australian Medical Board
- On commencement of the PGPPP you must be at least Post Graduate Year 2
- Overseas Trained Doctors are eligible once full General medical board registration has been granted
During the Placement
You will 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.
Placement OptionsYou can choose a Dedicated GP placement or try your hand at a Composite Placement practicing GP in conjunction with another specialty whilst remaining employed by your tertiary hospital.Choose the placement type from the menu
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.
How do I Apply?
Applications for the 2014 Training Year have now closed. For future reference, your are required to download the PGPPP Application Form, complete all sections and return with supporting documentation to WAGPET either by fax to (08) 9472 4686 or email the PrevocationalTeam@wagpet.com.au. If you meet the eligibility criteria, WAGPET will be in contact with you to arrange an interview date.
For more information on how to apply, visit http://wagpet.com.au/prevocational-doctors/how-to-apply