Enrolment and Placements
All registrars are required to re-enrol each year onto the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program through the Portal.
The Enrolment and Placement Process
All registrars are required to re-enrol each year onto the AGPT program for the following year; this is done by completing placement preferences through the online Portal and is referred as the placement matching process.
The placement matching process opens in May each year. WAGPET will email you a link to the Portal when preferences open. You will then have until the end of June to contact practices (practice capacity is available on the WAGPET website) and submit your preferences. Preference submission is mandatory and failure to do so may result in being withdrawn from the program. Placement notifications occur in August.
Once a match has been by confirmed by WAGPET, a withdrawal from the placement by either the training facility or registrar will only be approved for exceptional reasons. For more information please refer to the Enrolment and Placement Policy.
Before you commence each term there are a number of requirements that must be met. WAGPET will assist you along the way, however all aspects of your education and training are your responsibility, including employment and Medicare provider numbers. If you have concerns at anytime please speak with your Training Advisor in the first instance.
In the period after you sit your final exams and are awaiting Fellowship, it is a Medicare requirement that you remain working at an accredited training post if you intend to practise as a GP. For this reason, if your status is ‘Awaiting Fellowship’ you must still complete a Enrolment and Placement Form.
- General and Rural Pathway Obligations
When you applied for the AGPT, you would have nominated either the General or Rural pathway. Your training obligations are as follows:
During your general pathway training it is mandatory that you complete a placement in one of the following settings:
- 12 months training in RA 2-5* location OR
- 12 months training in Outer Metropolitan location OR
- 6 months training in RA 3-5 plus 6 months in an Outer Metropolitan practice
For the remainder of your general pathway training you can elect training in any location of your choice provided the site is an accredited WAGPET training site.
* The Australian Standard Geographic Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographic classification system designed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. For a breakdown of the RA Classifications
General practice and Extended Skills terms must be in rural or remote areas RA 2-5, procedural posts may be undertaken in RA 1 area please refer to the transfer policy. .
WAGPET cannot guarantee that you can spend all of your training time in an area that you choose. Refer to the Placement & Enrolment Policy for detailed information.
For full details please refer to the AGPT Training Obligations Policy 2016.
- Medicare Provider Number
GP registrars require a Medicare Provider Number for each practice they will be working at in order to get paid. A provider number can take weeks to be approved, therefore WAGPET recommends an application is made as soon as placements details are finalised. The training practice will also need copies of: Medical Indemnity Insurance, Prescriber Number (the same one used in the Hospitals) and Medical Board Registration.
- Employment contract
GP registrars have the right to negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment at the Training Practice. Please refer to the National Terms and Conditions for the Employing of Registrars.
- Practice Orientation
You may wish to arrange with the Practice Manager that you come to the practice for an orientation before your placement starts, as your first day may be quite overwhelming. The Practice Manager will be a great help during your placement, especially when it comes to administrative matters such as organising admitting rights and billing procedures.
- GP Supervisor
For all GP placements you will be allocated a GP supervisor who is responsible for your education and supervision during the placement. During your first six-month placement (Basic term) the GP supervisor should be rostered to work with you in the practice for 80% of your clinical time and be available by phone at any other time. During the second six-month placement (Advanced term) they should be available 50% of the time on site (and still 100% of the time by phone). In the final six-month (Subsequent term) the GP supervisor only need be available by phone 100% of the time. Of course other GPs in the practice will also be a valuable source of support for you and are likely to provide some of your in-practice teaching.
- Placement Matching Process Round 2 - for new and unplaced registrars
All new registrars are required to enrol in the AGPT in September - October the year before they start on the program.
If you are start the AGPT program in 2017 please enrol by 10 October 2016 by completing your placement preferences through the Portal. Unsure how to complete your preferences our Guide for entering Placement Preferences (for GP registrars) will guide you through the process step by step.