PGPPP - FAQs

How will participating in this program be of benefit to the practice?

The junior doctors in this program have made a positive decision to be part of this program so are keen to experience and learn.  Having a junior doctor in the practice means your own knowledge and skills will constantly be challenged.  Whether you are a supervisor, practice manager or allied health professional you have a wealth of skills and experience to pass onto junior doctors and people often learn best about their content area when they are placed in a position to teach others about it.

Participating supervisors regularly report on the positive impact of training junior doctors that have been exposed to the latest medical research and techniques on their own knowledge and skills.  They have also commented on how satisfying it is to be involved in attracting junior doctors to the field of General Practice.

Feedback from the program indicates that junior doctors and training registrars will interact with each other and enhance each other's learning experience.

We don’t have the room/supervision for a full-time placement. Is it possible to facilitate part-time placements?

Part-time involvement will be considered under certain conditions to suit the needs of the participant or practice. This allows busy practices to have some involvement in the program and also allows the facilitation of junior doctors that need to work around family and personal lifestyle issues.

If your practice would only like to have junior doctors on a part-time basis, you might consider becoming a PGPPP Composite training post.  In a Composite placement junior doctors undertake two to three days work in General Practice and the remainder of their time in a hospital or other community medicine organisation.

We are a busy practice and can't afford to be committed to too much training.  What will be required?

Practices are required to provide an orientation to their business at the beginning of the placement.

Junior doctors require supervision 100% of the time they are in their placement. Supervisors must be in the Practice 80% of the time and in ready telephone contact for the remainder of the time.

Supervisors are required to help develop a learning plan based on the Junior Doctor Curriculum and provide six hours education per week for a Dedicated GP placement or 3 hours per week for a Composite placement.  This may take a variety of forms including case discussions, work shadowing, practical skills sessions, meetings, tutorials, video consultations and review. A short mid-term and end of term assessment is required.

Standards for the Supervision of Prevocational Doctors in General Practice are detailed by the RACGP and are discussed with you before

What payment is there for being a PGPPP training post?

A payment for the use of practice resources, licenses, software and minor equipment is available to aid in the facilitation of the junior doctor in your practice.  Please refer here for the current rates

Supervisors will be paid up to 6 hours per week at approximately $120 per hour for the supervision and education of a PGPPP participant.  At the end of each term you need to submit an online In-Practice Teaching Log detailing the specified in-practice education sessions provided to the junior doctor. WAGPET will send a Reconciliation Statement to the practice at the end of each term, detailing the amount of salary recoup and the program payments.

Although practices must return the Medicare billings earned by the junior doctor up to the level of their salary, the practice retains any money earned over this amount as well as any private billings.

How is the junior doctor paid?

The junior doctor remains an employee of their tertiary hospital and continues to be paid and accrue leave entitlements etc from their hospital.  They simply rotate from their hospital to your practice for their placement and return to their hospital at the completion of their time with you.

Because the junior doctor comes to the practice with their salary, the practice is required to return any Medicare billings earned by the junior doctor up to the level of their salary.  This is so the junior doctor is not being paid once by the State Department of Health and, again, by Medicare.

The practice retains any billings beyond this level and also keeps any private billings earned by the junior doctor.

How long will the placement be?

General Practice placements can vary in duration but their terms are consistent with hospital terms and are usually 10-11 weeks long.  Junior doctors usually elect to do one term in General Practice.  They are eligible to do a maximum of two terms under the PGPPP.

How many hours a week will the PGPPP Resident be in the practice?

Under the AMA Industrial Agreement junior doctors are expected to work no more than 40 hours for a full-time placement.

What about after hours work?

PGPPP provides a salary component for some on-call work should this be required by the practice.

Our practice would like to join the program – what do we do now?

Participating practices must have ACRRM and/or RACGP training accreditation. Practices in the program are usually in the Australian General Practice Training scheme and Practices apply through WAGPET to become a training post for PGPPP.

If a practice is accredited, WAGPET will make an assessment about the need for a PGPPP placement in that geographical location and offering those particular services against the number of applicants for the program.  If there is a clear need for a practice in the location and offering the service, WAGPET then vsits the Practice to discuss accreditation.   Once a decision is made to progress. the practice will need to be accredited by the PMCWA.  Read more about PMCWA accreditation under Becoming a Training Post from the menu.


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