General Practice Project – Pilot Information

The importance of access to effective primary care is recognised globally as a factor in improved health outcomes. In Western Australia (WA), the general practitioner/general practice (GP) primary care workforce has been the focus of strategic planning, recognising the impact on reducing preventable hospital presentations and admissions.

Approximately 150 vocational GP trainees (GP registrars) are employed every year in WA hospitals (public and private) completing Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) requirements. Historically there has been minimal visibility of, or advocacy for, this cohort.

The GP Project was initiated in September 2018 to progress the recommendation of the GP Report (PDF 1MB) that a GP workforce training pathway be developed for WA to improve GP workforce sustainability.

The intent of the GP hospital training pathway pilot (the pilot pathway), which commenced in January 2020, is to enhance GP training in WA hospitals through:

  • increasing the profile of GP training among junior doctors and staff at WA hospitals
  • optimising the hospital training time of current and future GP registrars to prepare them for entry to community GP training through:
    • more equitable access to GP-suitable clinical experience
    • access to a GP-suitable rotational matrix at each employing health service (EHS) made up of Resident Medical Officer (RMO) rotations that have been identified by WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) as providing relevant and useful preparation for community GP training
  • monitoring and evaluation to ensure a process of continual improvement
  • potential integration of the pilot pathway into EHS business as usual in 2023.

The GP Pilot Pathway is a collaboration between the Department of Health, EHSs (public and private), and WAGPET. It is governed by a committee of stakeholders, the General Practice Project Committee, and has the support of the GP Colleges and the Australian Government Department of Health.

The GP pilot Pathway framework for 2022 (PDF 803KB) has been finalised.

For a summary of the application process and GP Pilot Pathway, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions 2022 (PDF 364KB) .

For more information, please contact Medical Workforce.

Last reviewed: 30-09-2021
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