Registrar FAQs

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Registrar FAQs

Q: Where can I find a list of available practices that I can contact for my placements next year?
A: Visit the Facility Finder page on our website. Training facility capacity is updated between April and June each year.

Q: What are my paediatric requirements to start GP in the following year?
A: To commence community GP training, you must have completed a 10 week pure paediatrics rotation, a 20 week dilute paediatrics rotation or submit evidence of having completed the Diploma of Child Health to your program training advisor.

Q: Can I undertake all my training in one location?
A: In order for you to gain as much experience as possible, you are required to train in more than one practice. However, if you are committed to a rural region, you may be able to undertake all your core training in one region, subject to placement capacity. If this is your intention, please let your program training advisor know as soon as possible. For more information, please refer to the Enrolment, Placement and Employment Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

Q: I am a rural pathway registrar, but I can only get the skills training I need in a metropolitan area. What should I do?
A: If you are a rural pathway registrar that needs to take your non-GP Extended Skills, Advanced Specialised Training and/or Advanced Rural Skills Training terms, you must contact WAGPET to request approval to temporarily undertake some of your training in an MMM 1 location. A transfer from the rural pathway to the general pathway is not required in this instance. For more information, please refer to the AGPT Transfer Policy.

Q: Can I transfer to WAGPET?
A: All transfers to WAGPET must be approved by the CEO of your current regional training organisation (RTO). If the RTO will meet our financial and other conditions and you have the selection score and training record required of a competent registrar at your stage of training, we can accept you at WAGPET. For more information, please refer to the AGPT Transfer Policy and the Transfers Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

Q: Can I transfer to another regional training organisation (RTO) within Australia?
A: All transfers must be approved by the WAGPET CEO. WAGPET will consider transfers out if it can meet the financial and other conditions set by the receiving RTO. For more information, please refer to the AGPT Transfer Policy and the Transfers Policy in the WAGPET GP Registrar Policy Handbook.

Q: What happens if I don’t submit my fellowship papers on time?
A: You won’t have a provider number which means your patients won’t have access to a Medicare rebate which will affect your ability to work in a practice. You can avoid this by applying for an extension of training time while awaiting fellowship that gives you a 13-week provider number in a WAGPET accredited practice. For more information, Please refer to the AGPT Extension of Training Time Policy.

Q: What happens if I fail any of my exams?
A: If you've complied with all the WAGPET training and education requirements, you may be eligible for additional assistance and extra training time to try again. If you haven't complied with ongoing offered support and attempts to assist you, you may be withdrawn from the program for non-compliance. For more information, Please refer to the AGPT Extension of Training Time Policy.

Q: What happens if I do not meet all my training obligations in the time allowed?
A: You will finish with the AGPT and with WAGPET, but you will not be eligible for fellowship of either college. If you are a RACGP registrar, you will not be eligible to sit the exams after leaving the AGPT, even if you have passed some components already. You can reapply to join the AGPT in the next intake. For more information, please refer to the AGPT Training Obligations Policy.

For more information relevant to GP registrars, download your copy of the 2020.1 WAGPET GP Registrar Handbook.

If your question was not answered here, please contact your program training advisor.