When it comes to general practice training, we like to prepare you early

We are experts in general practice training delivery. We are experienced general practitioners with urban and rural clinic experience. We are committed to excellence in medicine and general practice, providing you with the foundation to achieve your potential. We are GPEx.

GPEx is the South Australian Training Organisation which delivers training to doctors selected to specialise in general practice in Australia. We are a provider of the Australian General Practice Training program that is administered by the Department of Health and funded by the Australian Government. GPEx is built on GPExpertise, centred on GPExperience and is a vision of GPExcellence. If you want the opportunity to become an exceptional doctor, GPEx should be your first choice. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

A little history about us…

GPEx was birthed from a collaboration between Regional Training Provider Sturt Fleurieu Education and Training (SFET), and Flinders University.

The government’s restructure included changes to the training regions and a competitive tender process to determine the successful GP Training Organisations throughout Australia.

About Sturt Fleurieu Education and Training (SFET)

Sturt Fleurieu Education and Training (SFET) was established in 2002 with a vision to provide registrars with high quality vocational training. SFET has offered one of the most recognised and awarded training programs for doctors specialising in general practice in Australia, winning multiple national awards over the years. In addition to the training delivered in South Australia, SFET supported a number of other RTPs across Australia with their training tools and programs.  

About School of Medicine at Flinders University and Prideaux Centre for Health Professional Education

The School of Medicine at Flinders University has an international reputation for integration, innovation in patient care, education and research. The Prideaux Centre for Health Professional Education cover research programs in health professional education, focussing on better understanding how people learn best, how teachers can teach best, how expertise develops, and how assessment can play an optimal role in all of this.


  • GPEx will support a pipeline of educational excellence for General Practice education from undergraduate through to specialist registration as a General Practitioner.
  • We will maximise opportunities for alignment of rural and indigenous pathways through a focus on customised and personalised support of registrars.
  • Using evidenced-based decision making, we will develop practice and supervisor capacity to ensure the optimum number of quality training posts.
  • We will understand and be responsive to community workforce issues by working collaboratively with local agencies and stakeholders.


GPEx will deliver high quality, responsive and forward thinking education and training, that provides South Australia with a skilled and sustainable General Practice workforce which meets the needs of local communities. GPEx will deliver on its mission by way of four strategic priorities:

strategic 1 priority

GPEx will provide innovative education and training for registrars, so they become culturally safe, competent, independent GP practitioners capable of providing services in urban, rural and remote locations.

Key areas of focus:

  • Deliver high quality vocational training to meet and exceed the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training standards for urban and rural communities.
  • Use an evidence-based approach to underpin the development of innovative education and training – engage and lead research in medical education.
  • Develop and implement IT training solutions responsive to regional, supervisory and training program requirements.
  • Develop community-based learning hubs that support vertical integration.
  • Prioritise professional and personal safety and cultural security within the education experience.
  • Provide pastoral care that supports the wellbeing of registrars.
strategic 2 priority

GPEx will be a centre for excellence in graduating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors.

Key areas of focus:

  • Help close the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
  • Facilitate an increase in indigenous doctors entering general practice.
  • Ensure education and training contributes to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care.
  • Provide registrars with the knowledge and skills to deliver services that contribute to closing the gap.
strategic 3 priority

GPEx will develop medical educator and support staff who are recognised for their commitment and innovation and who collaborate with stakeholders and communities to meet local health workforce needs.

Key areas of focus:

  • Develop the optimum number of quality training practices in urban, outer metropolitan and rural locations responsive to changing population health needs.
  • Engage and be responsive to population health, community and cultural needs.
  • Facilitate the recruitment, placement and retention of registrars into the rural GP pipeline.
  • Develop a pathway for registrars to become medical educators and supervisors.
  • Provide support for practices and supervisors to develop a culture of integrated multi-level learner teaching within general practice.
  • Develop an innovative solutions-focused culture across the organisation that identifies opportunities for efficiencies and addresses barriers.
strategic 4 priority

GPEx will be a responsible corporate leader, committed to reconciliation, sound governance, stakeholder engagement and the development of staff and doctors in training to drive continuous quality improvement.

Key areas of focus:

  • Develop a culture that embraces diversity and supports reconciliation.
  • Ensure robust financial, administrative and communication systems.
  • Implement an engagement strategy that facilitates effective collaboration and knowledge sharing and reflects changing contexts.
  • Establish a culture of professional development that supports excellence in organisational performance and develops future leaders.

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  • Leigh Carpenter

    Company Secretary

  • david-adams

    Board Director

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