Published by GPEx on December 18, 2019

Reflection on 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, I look back with thanks on the strong collaboration and support from our training practices who provided vital supervision, training and mentorship to the 462 registrars who trained in South Australia this year. I also congratulate and celebrate the three ACRRM and 97 RACGP registrars who successfully completed their exams and fellowed during 2019.

I thank Drs Sarah Parker and Michael Notley, two dedicated, wonderful medical educators who will be leaving us for new adventures in 2020. In preparation for the National Rural Generalist (RG) pathway I have introduced an RG team led by Dr Tom Ryan which includes Drs Kari Sims, Cristina Valero and David Lam. This passionate group of rurally based doctors will ensure that GPEx works closely with medical students, junior doctors and RG registrars throughout their training and post fellowship. I look forward to growing the number of RG registrars from the current 72, and I await the delivery of the SA Rural Medical Workforce Plan with great hope and expectation, as it should strengthen and streamline the training pathway for rural general practice across our state.

The Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation fund (RJDTIF) commenced in 2019 and GPEx delivers its general practice education and support program in SA. I have already seen the conversion of one (from 11) intern into an AGPT registrar for 2020, with six more indicating that they will apply for the 2021 intake. I keenly await the introduction of the promised RJDTIF PGY2+ positions and an opportunity to build the rural general practice connection from our intern program to an RMO program. This will finally deliver an end-to-end general practice training continuum for SA.

I wish you and your family Christmas blessings and joy in 2020,

Best Regards

Christine Cook.