At GPEx, we are acutely aware of the need for more rural GPs/RGs in South Australia, and we are committed to increasing registrar placements in our rural areas. This is why I am pleased to provide an update to the GPEx community on the AGPT 2022 first intake process, as we are over-subscribed on two of the three pathways – ACRRM and the RACGP General Pathway.

Heading into the AGPT 2022 second intake, GPEx has continued to advocate for additional training places for SA to the RACGP, ACRRM and DoH. Our current position is a result of continued investment in strategies and relationships that strengthen the GP training pipeline, and positively impact the critical rural GP and RG workforce shortages facing rural and regional South Australia.

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 journey, our thoughts are with those affected and their families, particularly in NSW, VIC and ACT. The pandemic has reinforced our focus on the health and wellbeing of registrars, practice staff, and the overall GPEx team as our highest priority, and we encourage everyone to reach out to their support network and GPEx as needed.

Earlier this month, GPEx was proud to be announced as the inaugural winner of the RACGP Foundation Harry Nespolon Research Grant.

GPEx’s project – Finding meaning through diversity – exploring the role of career and job diversity in GPs’ wellbeing – will focus on how career diversity within General Practice can benefit GPs and help avoid burnout, by investigating the diversity of careers available to GPs and how much time they’re dedicating to those careers, and comparing that with burnout, social, and emotional wellbeing levels.

We look forward to working on this important project, which will ultimately help create a stronger and more sustainable future for General Practice by providing an insight into the relationship between career diversity and wellbeing, and what work–life balance means within a GP context.

I am also delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Kerrynne Liddle to the GPEx board. Kerrynne is an Arrernte woman born in the Northern Territory, who is now living in Adelaide. Kerrynne brings governance skills with a focus on Aboriginal Health to the Board, and is an experienced company director with associated business and management qualifications.

The GPEx 2020 Annual Report was also published in June. The achievements outlined in this report reflect a great deal of progress despite the difficulties and challenges faced in 2020.

Best regards

Stephanie