Core Regional Education

Your Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) is responsible for working with you to develop a program of regional education each semester. This is an excellent opportunity to have input into what topics you’d like covered.

The RAC meets early in the semester and your Registrar Liaison Officer (RLO) will contact you for your input. In most regions your education program is delivered across four full day sessions of two topics per day, totalling eight sessions. Each session is called a Half Day Release.

Each region aims to provide presenters from the local area who are either GPs with a special interest area, medical specialists or allied health professionals.

Each region is supported by a Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) comprising of a regional GP Registrar Liaison Officer, a regional GP Supervisor Liaison Officer (SLO), a Regional Training Advisor (RTA), a WAGPET Medical Educator, regional Program Manager and a Regional Administration Officer (RAO).

It is a requirement that all GP registrars in the first twelve months of their general practice terms attend the Regional education sessions (24 hours per 6 months).

GP registrars in their last six months of general practice terms can choose to attend at least 12 hours of Regional education OR the two day Central based workshop.

The small group education provided by the Regional education program is highly clinical and directly relevant to your day to day practice. Because it is in small groups it will be unique even if the topic is a familiar one, and as you acquire more experience you will take on the role of helping less experienced GP registrars in your group. In some regions the group may also include medical students or International Medical Graduates.

What if I miss a Regional Education session?

If you miss an education session due to illness, or other circumstances, you will need to attend additional Regional education in the last six months of your general practice term. If you wish to substitute this with out of program education (i.e. not provided by WAGPET) you will need to discuss this with your Training Advisor, receive prospective approval and following attendance at the education event complete an evaluation.

Importantly this education time is paid teaching time by the practice. The practice will therefore be notified if you miss an education session and the time either identified as sick leave or leave without pay. It is up to you to make up the education time at a later stage of training at your own expense.

Some examples of topics run by the RAC for registrars in the regions:

Practical Skills

  • Plastering
  • Ophthalmology
  • Dermatology
  • Joint injections
  • Prostate checks

Tutorials

  • Women and men’s health
  • Immunisation
  • Medicare item numbers
  • Negotiating salary packaging
  • Common GP problems
  • Common paediatrics problems
  • Workers Compensation – region specific
  • Antenatal care
  • Immunisation Update
  • Aged care
  • Marine stings and things
  • Diving medicine

Regionally conducted Cultural Awareness Training (CAT)

Cultural awareness training for WAGPET registrars is regionally developed and delivered by the RACs.  The training will be conducted once per year per region in the same semester across all regions. This training is mandatory for all GPT1 and GPT2 registrars and should fulfil the cultural awareness domain learning objectives/learning outcomes of ACRRM and or the RACGP.

Registrars are required to attend minimum of 6 hours in total excluding breaks for regional CAT.  It is optional for registrars in GPT3 or GPT4 to attend and is specifically valuable if the registrar has changed regions.  It provides an opportunity for registrars to develop a regionally specific understanding of Aboriginal Health issues and experience regional cultural differences.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander registrars can claim RPL for the CAT.  In some instances the registrar may wish to attend and RACs will be encouraged to invite the registrar rather than assume RPL. 
Having attended other cultural awareness training courses does not automatically imply RPL.  A registrar who wishes to apply for RPL should contact their training advisor and notify their RAC of their application.

Contact your RLO or the training team for more information.


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