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Far North Queensland Integrates into National GP Training

Far North Queensland Integrates into National GP Training

Strengthening GP Training in Far North Queensland

The transition of GP training in Far North Queensland to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) marks a significant milestone in the evolution of medical training in Australia.

Following James Cook University’s (JCU) decision to step back from GP training, the RACGP, alongside the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), has embraced over 200 GP registrars and 34 clinical and operational staff from JCU.

A Seamless Transition

This extensive integration follows the RACGP’s successful onboarding of GP training from various Regional Training Organisations in 2023. Notably, over 92% of GP registrars reported satisfaction with their in-practice training, according to the 2023 National Registrar Survey.

This seamless transition is a testament to the RACGP’s dedication to maintaining high standards of training and support for both registrars and supervisors.

Ensuring Continuity and Quality

RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins emphasized the College’s meticulous preparation to ensure a smooth transition. “The RACGP has been running most of Australia’s GP training under a national system for nearly 18 months. We are ready to continue the legacy built by JCU and provide exceptional support to our new teams and registrars,” she stated.

This effort underscores the College’s commitment to addressing the unique needs of Far North Queensland, a region that greatly benefits from a robust GP training pipeline.

Supporting Rural and Remote Communities

The transition is particularly vital for rural and remote areas, where the demand for GPs is high. RACGP Vice President and Rural Chair, Associate Professor Michael Clements, highlighted the importance of maintaining a strong pipeline of GP registrars to meet the healthcare needs of northern Queensland. “Our systems are designed to give rural and remote GP registrars the support they need to succeed,” he said.

This initiative also aligns with the growing interest in rural generalism among medical graduates. Northern Queensland, known for its appealing living and working environment, offers a unique opportunity for new GPs to thrive in a supportive and enriching setting.

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