RACGP Registrars must complete six months of Extended Skills (ES) training as part of their Fellowship. This training can be undertaken at any stage during GP training in a community GP practice or alternatively in a non-community setting. It is designed to extend the depth and breadth of a registrar’s skill base in areas relevant to primary medical care. GPEx recommends that registrars complete an ES post in their final training term, so they can have time to assess what areas they would like to extend their skills in to supplement their general practice training.
GPEx has a number of training posts already accredited for ES training, but other training posts may be sourced through tertiary hospital networks, general practices, and/or specialty clinics. Non-Community ES training posts must be approved in advance by the Director of Medical Education and Training, however, the list below is a sample of some of the posts that are available.
For Expressions of Interest, please contact your Program Coordinator.
Alternatively, you can visit SA Health Careers for other PGY2+ positions.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
Training in Aboriginal Health can help registrars communicate more comfortably with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, understand Aboriginal Health prevention and management, and have better cultural awareness. By providing culturally safe and effective medical care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, GPs can make a real difference in their health outcomes.
Academic General Practice
Registrars who are interested in incorporating academic work into their training and future careers should undertake an Academic General Practice post. This position is part time over 12 months in conjunction with a part time clinical placement, and provides registrars with exposure to research and teaching in an academic environment, and helps registrars build their skills in research and critical thinking.
Addiction Medicine (Drug and Alcohol)
High-quality primary care is an integral component of identifying, supporting, and treating individuals with drug and alcohol addictions. In this post, registrars work closely with other support services to improve their knowledge and confidence in managing patients with drug and alcohol addictions.
Undertaking additional training in Aged Care provides registrars with a complementary skill set to modern general practice. In this post, registrars will obtain skills in the diagnosis and management of complex and/or multifactorial internal medicine disorders that impact elderly patients.
GPs are the key practitioners involved with supporting people with a disability throughout the life. In this post, registrars will learn how to provide holistic care to people with intellectual and physical disabilities, which includes developing skills in different doctor-patient communication techniques, facilitating access to quality healthcare and social services, and providing support to carers.
An Emergency Medicine post is an excellent opportunity for registrars to hone their acute medical, surgical, resuscitation, and trauma skills, and gain experience managing a wide range of emergency situations and presentations.
GPs plays a pivotal role in the provision of mental health care in Australia. A Mental Health post is an excellent opportunity for registrars to improve their assessment and management of mental health patients, and obtain a better understanding of the mental health services available in the community.
Registrars with an interest in maternity care and providing ‘cradle-to-grave’ medicine should undertake an Obstetrics post, where they will improve their knowledge of obstetric care, learn ultrasound skills, and manage obstetric emergencies.
Registrars in a Paediatrics post develop their skills in managing paediatric patients, learn how to manage acute paediatric presentations, and are exposed to community, developmental and behavioural paediatrics.
GPs play a key role in providing palliative care, which includes supporting the emotional, medical, and physical wellbeing of patients and their families. In this post, registrars gain skills in terminal care and pain management. and develop their communication skills with patients and their families.
Current Opportunities for 2022
Public Health refers to all organised measures to prevent disease, promote health, and prolong life in the population. While the focus of general practice is on the care of individuals and families, GPs also have an essential role to play in the health of the general population, by engaging with public health issues at local, community, and global levels through engagement, leadership, and advocacy.
Registrars interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in sports and musculoskeletal medicine should undertake a Sports Medicine post, where they will learn about the management of common sports conditions, work with patients with acute injuries, and be more confident in providing information related to injury prevention in sports and exercise activities.
GPs are at the forefront of travel medicine, with travel-related consultations common in general practice. In this post, registrars learn how to provide effective pre-travel advice and develop a solid understanding of disease epidemiology, transmission principles, and preventative measures for a variety of diseases endemic in a variety of destinations.
In this post, registrars develop skills and knowledge in identifying women at risk of preventable disease, offering appropriate evidence-based screening and management to reduce the risk of preventable disease, and responding to the particular health needs of women, including their reproductive health needs.
Sexual health relates to a person’s physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in regards to sexuality, not just sexual disease or dysfunction. In this post, registrars develop their confidence in discussing sex with a wide range of people (including those of different ages, genders, sexual preference, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disabilities), promote sexual safety and wellbeing, and manage patients with sexual health conditions, including STIs.