Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP)
The Prevocational General Practice Placements program (PGPPP) is managed by General Practice Education and Training Limited (GPET) on behalf of the Australian Government. PGPPP is facililated through providers and delivered by accredited practices and medical services throughout Australia.
PGPPP national brochure
The PGPPP brochure provides general information for those interested in participating in the Prevocational General Practice Placements program.
Prevocational General Practice Placements Program - Brochure (updated May 2013)
PGPPP - State information flyers
Program objective and aims
The program objective is to provide professional, well supervised and educational general practice placements for junior doctors as part of their training.
The aims are three-fold:
- Build junior doctors’ confidence, exposure and interest in working in urban, regional, rural and remote areas through supervised general practice placements of varying duration approx 10-13 weeks
- Increase understanding of the integration between primary and secondary health care by junior doctors
- Provide an experience that will encourage junior doctors to take up general practice as a career.
Eligibility to apply to the program
Prevocational doctors, interns, overseas-trained doctors and foreign graduates of an accredited medical school (FGAMS) within Australia or New Zealand, who are working in Australian hospitals are eligible to participate in PGPPP.
Pending the outcome of a review of the eligibility criteria of PGPPP (scheduled for 2013), placements in 2014 should proceed by applying existing ‘custom and practice’ in relation to eligibility criteria to already scheduled placements. This means scheduled placements involving vocational trainees can proceed in 2014.
Benefits of the program
- Real life experience in general practice over and above that of undergraduate training
- Exposure to a variety of health services from migrant to aged care health services
- Ongoing and personal mentoring by respected and dedicated GPs in the field
- Direct patient contact in a range of primary care settings such as general practice, Aboriginal medical services, drug and alcohol services and community-based facilities
- Enhanced understanding of the Australian health care system
- Great networking opportunities
- Increased confidence and independence to take into future training and work environments
- An opportunity to work in general practice in a range of urban, regional, rural and remote areas.
Participating general practices and supervisors
- Involvement in PGPPP doctor training and provides an opportunity for PGPPP doctors to understand the nature of general practice
- Further develop local educational networks with other organisations such as medical colleges, regional training providers, divisions of general practice, and university departments of rural health and rural clinical schools
- Ongoing support from providers
- Provides increased number of rotation opportunities for junior doctors
- Junior doctors are exposed to a patient's journey before and after hospital care
- Junior doctors gain greater confidence and independence
- Improved integration of hospital participation in medical education.