Funding and Sponsorship
General Practice Registrars Australia
General Practice Registrars Australia represents the interests of GP registrars and supports them through the training program. GPET contracts with GPRA to develop key initiatives to promote general practice to medical students and junior doctors through strong peer-to-peer networks. The three key components of these initiatives are:
General Practice Students Network (GPSN)
First Wave Scholarship Program
Going Places Network
Since its inception, GPSN has grown from strength to strength, with local clubs now established in all 20 Australian medical schools. GPSN runs local events that further students’ knowledge of general practice and enhance key clinical skills. To find out more about the GPSN club at your university, visit www.gpsn.org.au.
The main objective of the GPSN First Wave Scholarship program is to provide medical students with positive exposure to general practice, under the guidance of enthusiastic GPs, to encourage students to consider careers in general practice. There are two different First Wave experiences available to students – Clinical General Practice and Academic General Practice scholarships – in all 20 medical schools.
Building on the success of GPSN, the Going Places Network replicates the GPSN peer-to-peer strategy within teaching hospitals. This junior doctor network allows members to explore the world of general practice whilst completing training and promotes general practice as a specialty of choice. The program is currently being rolled out nationally, with a focus on expanding the network of GP Ambassadors across teaching hospitals; hosting educational, social and networking events; and providing online resources and loads of useful information via the GP Australia website – www.gpaustralia.org.au.
Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA)
The Australian Medical Students Association is a dynamic organisation which connects, informs and represents over 14,000 medical students nationwide. Through its current partnership with AMSA, GPET maintains a visible presence early in our future doctors’ careers. From interacting with students at the annual AMSA National Convention, to promoting AGPT program in their various publications, the sponsorship ensures that general practice as a career choice is forefront in medical students’ minds.
AMSA National Convention
The AMSA National Convention attracts over 1,000 medical students from Australia and New Zealand and is the academic and social highlight of the medical student calendar. GPET is a Platinum sponsor of the AMSA National Convention - participating in the trade fair and staging the AGPT and AMSA Video Competition in the lead up to the Convention. This year's AMSA Convention will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from 17-14 July.
To find out more visit their website.
In 2010, AGPT and AMSA launched “Get Promoting General Practice”, a video competition which aims to engage medical students in the promotion of general practice as a career and to help break down barriers and stigma attached to the profession.
The competition is running again in 2013 from 18 April - 18 June. The winner and runner up will be announced at the AMSA National Convention.
Click here to find out more.
The National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS) is a 3 day seminar that provides delegates with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills within a medical and social setting.
GPET is sponsoring a panel discussion on the future of healthcare in Australia that will be chaired by Dr Sally Cockburn and held in Canberra on 28 May. GPET Chair Associate Professor Richard Matthews AM will be a guest speaker and a member of the discussion panel.
Australian Medical Association (AMA)
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) is the peak membership organisation representing the registered medical practitioners (doctors) and medical students of Australia. The AMA promotes and protects the professional interests of doctors and the health care needs of patients and communities.
In 2013, GPET will sponsor the AMA’s Family Doctor Week which is a reminder to the community of the vital role played by local family doctors in keeping Australia healthy.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is a professional general practice organisation with over 17,000 members across Australia.
In 2013 GPET will exhibit at the GP13 conference which will be held in Darwin from 17-19 October.
To find out more about GP13 visit their website.
Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) sets the standards for educating and training medical Fellowship candidates (registrars) and for the ongoing professional development of rural and remote general practitioners.
ACRRM, together with Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) hosts Rural Medicine Australia RMA, an annual conference that gives rural doctors an opportunity to gain or upgrade vital skills, exchange practice knowledge, and compare notes on the evolving nature of the medical profession. In 2013, GPET is a Bronze sponsor to RMA, which will be held in Cairns 31 October - 2 November.
To find out more about RMA 2013 visit their website.