Community spotlight: Dr Gemma Johnston

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

I love rural medicine and working with Aboriginal people and communities. I have been working in the Kimberley for the past four years within private practices, Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and Broome Hospital. I’m an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander GP registrar. My great grandmother is from the Jawoyn people of the Katherine River area of the Northern Territory and my grandmother is of Torres Strait Islander decent from Thursday Island and Badu. I currently work for Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (KAMS), providing outreach health care to Bidydanga, Beagle Bay and the Kutjungka region.

Share your thoughts in the 2020 National Registrar Survey

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

WAGPET is committed to the continuous improvement in the training of doctors in the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program. Each year, the Australian Government conducts the National Registrar Survey (NRS) which helps assure the quality of the program and provides information to the Department of Health, regional training organisations (RTOs) and colleges to monitor and improve your education, training and experience. This year, a series of questions have been added to ask about the support you have received and the impact on your GP training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introducing the 2019/20 WAGPET Annual Report

Posted on Nov 17, 2020

We are pleased to share our annual report with you. We are truly proud to train and support doctors to work where they are needed most. This year, we are sharing our rural results, milestones and capabilities and the ways we are looking to the future.

Paediatric opportunity at Armadale Health Service

Posted on Nov 06, 2020

Armadale Health Service is looking for registrars to join the general paediatric medical team in 2021. This could be the opportunity for you.

As a registrar in the paediatric team at Armadale, you will treat children with a wide range of paediatric conditions of different complexities in the general paediatric unit. You will assess patients in the emergency department, stabilising and transferring patients requiring intensive care or emergency surgical interventions to Perth Children’s Hospital for further management. The emergency department at Armadale treats over 60,000 people every year of...

Develop an additional skill as a rural generalist

Posted on Oct 05, 2020

If you choose the rural generalist pathway, you will complete a minimum of 12 months training in a procedural or non-procedural skill (24 months if you choose surgery), enabling you to provide primary care within a community general practice setting, as well as advanced services within a rural hospital.

RACGP final intake is now open

Posted on Aug 31, 2020

Applications for the 2021 Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) with RACGP are now open. Submit your application via the RACGP website and start your journey to general practice. Here's the relevant dates for the 2021 final intake process for GP training next year.

Community spotlight: Derby Aboriginal Health Service

Posted on Aug 21, 2020

Derby is a small Kimberley town with a great character. It is 220km north of Broome and is situated on the King Sound, surrounded by mudflats. Derby locals can experience all sorts of community events, camping, fishing and the beauty of the Kimberley. The work is challenging and rewarding, but there is plenty of time adventure out-of-hours.

So you want to make a real difference in your community as a GP?

Posted on Aug 18, 2020

Choose to train at an Aboriginal Medical Service in 2021. Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have less access to healthcare and lower life expectancy than non-Aboriginal Australians. A placement in an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) will provide you with opportunities to work in a multidisciplinary team, providing comprehensive primary care where it is needed the most.

Introducing a new Rural Support Payment Policy in 2021

Posted on Aug 11, 2020

Since 2002, WAGPET has provided GP registrars with financial support for undertaking rural placements. Currently, the Rural Support Payment provides assistance for the registrar’s cost of training in rural placement on a sliding scale according to their term level and the town which they are placed, based on the Modified Monash Model classification (MMM). In some instances, the MMM category is not reflective of the town’s greater community needs. The existing policy also does not require registrars to be residing in the rural location; and in some cases, registrars commuting from Perth have been eligible to receive financial support. This was not the intent of the policy.

ACRRM final intake is now open

Posted on Aug 10, 2020

Start your rural GP career with ACRRM in 2021. Applications for the 2021 Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) with ACRRM are now open. Submit your application via the ACRRM website and start your journey to rural general practice. Here's the relevant dates for the 2021 final intake process for GP training next year.

Registrations for your next Better in Bits webinar are now open!

Posted on Aug 06, 2020

Direct observation assessments of registrars – what is “satisfactory”? Designed for both supervisors and External Clinical Teaching (ECT) visitors, this next Better in Bits webinar will discuss direct observation of registrars and how to benchmark assessments to their level of training. Tune in on Tuesday, 25 August at 6:00pm for interactive role-playing, assessment discussions and more, leaving you with the skills to identify what is satisfactory for registrars of all levels.

Introducing the Medfest program

Posted on Aug 03, 2020

Following the success of our inaugural event in 2019, WAGPET, in partnership with the Rural Doctors Association of WA (RDAWA), is bringing the medical career festival back with a bang. The Medfest program is bursting with inspirational speakers, clinical information sessions, hands-on workshops and a showcase of medical careers in WA.

Final intake AGPT application dates released

Posted on Jul 28, 2020

Both the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have released their final intake dates for 2021. Check out the dates below! Do you have questions about the AGPT final intake process? Get in touch with the WAGPET team on (08) 9473 8200 or

The first SPM Better in Bits webinar launches in August

Posted on Jul 28, 2020

We present to you the redesigned Supervisor and Practice Manager 2020 (SPM20) conference, Better in Bits. Better in Bits brings SPM20 to you in bite-sized pieces, with a jam-packed program full of engaging online workshops and regionally-based events. Tune in Tuesday, 4 August from 6.30pm for the first edition of the webinar series. The topic? The Early Safety Assessment.

RACGP Awards 2020

Posted on Jul 21, 2020

Do you know an extraordinary GP, GP in training, supervisor, or GP practice going above and beyond? The RACGP is proud to recognise the important contribution GPs make to the health of patients and communities across Australia through our annual awards. Nominate your peers for an RACGP Award in recognition of their exceptional work in general practice.

Welcome to semester two of 2020

Posted on Jul 14, 2020

Welcome to semester two of 2020! We hope you have a fantastic semester, training in the ultimate medical specialty. Our team are here to support you through every stage of your training. If you have questions, give us a call between 7am and 7pm on 08 9473 8200.

Introducing your SLOs and PLOs

Posted on Jul 09, 2020

The SLOs and PLOs play an important role in supporting you and other WAGPET training facilities. They do so by providing a pipeline of communication between training facilities and WAGPET, sitting on the Supervisor Advisory Committee (SAC) and Practice Manager Advisory Committee (PAC) and by working closely with WAGPET program training advisors and regional medical educators to influence the shape of the training program.

Introducing your Registrar Liaison Officers (RLOs)

Posted on Jul 09, 2020

You RLO plays an important role in supporting you and other registrars in your region. They do so by providing a pipeline of communication between GP registrars and WAGPET, sitting on the Registrar Advisory Committee (RAC) and working closely with WAGPET program training advisors and regional medical educators to influence the shape of the training program.

Medfest is back for 2020!

Posted on Jun 30, 2020

We have a brand new program, designed specifically for junior doctors and medical students, bursting with inspiration plenary speakers, clinical information sessions, hands-on workshops and a showcase of medical careers in WA. If you’re interested in a career in general practice or rural generalism and want to know more about your options, this is an event not to be missed!

Join our team and provide support for GP registrars in WA

Posted on Jun 26, 2020

Working closely with our Regional Medical Educators, the primary role of the Clinical Lead Program Support (CLPS) is to provide targeted support for GP registrars in their progression through the Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT). The CLPS supports the development of, and develops as required, individualised education intervention and/or remediation plans in accordance with the requirements of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training standards and Department of Health and WAGPET policies.

New registrar base rates of pay

Posted on Jun 24, 2020

Following the annual review of the National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER), registrar base rates of pay have increased by 1.5%. The new base rates will apply from semester 2, 2020 (starting Monday, 13 July for WAGPET registrars). Please ensure your employment agreements with your training facility are updated to reflect these changes prior to this date.

GP during COVID-19: Dr Kate Tunstill

Posted on Jun 22, 2020

Being a GP registrar in the time of COVID-19 has been a challenge. There are many issues associated with COVID-19 that we are all facing, however, the way that doctors all over the country, and all over the world, have banded together is awe-inspiring and has helped me get through this time.

Are you curious about what a career in Aboriginal health is really like?

Posted on Jun 15, 2020

Join us for a webinar with WAGPET medical educator Dr Kim Isaacs and local GP Dr Sarah Woodland on Aboriginal health in the Kimberley. Find out if Aboriginal health is the specialty for you, with a specific focus working in the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS) sector. You'll hear their real-life experiences and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We look forward to discussing all things Aboriginal health with you next Wednesday. Join us on Wednesday, 17 June at 6pm. Contact us at for webinar link details.

Here’s what to expect in the next stage of your AGPT application

Posted on Jun 11, 2020

You should have received notification by your college of your eligibility and progression onto the next application stage of the application process. If you have applied for ACRRM there are no further assessments until the Multi Mini Interviews (MMI) on Thursday, 9 and Friday, 10 of July. If you're an RACGP applicant, your next stage of applications is the Candidate Assessment Applied Knowledge Test (CAAKT).

Community spotlight: Dr Angus Hardy

Posted on Jun 05, 2020

grew up nestled in the hills of country New South Wales in a small-town called Bellbrook. Bellbrook was the centre of my world for many years and in the centre of that world was my sole rural GP, Dr Paul Appleton. From an early age, Dr Appleton left quite the impression on me. This impression was set not by his words, but by the words of his patients and his actions. He was held with the utmost regard by both of my parents and the whole town who would always say ‘how lucky we were to have the best GP in the whole Macleay Valley’ and ‘can you remember how hard it was before we had a GP out here’.

GP during COVID-19: Dr Ashleigh Clark

Posted on Jun 04, 2020

My day starts at 9am, but really, my mind is filled with thoughts of my patients long before then. I arrive at work at 8:40am. I turn on my computer and make a cup of tea. I know I can take on anything with a cup of tea. I work through some results that have appeared in my inbox overnight. A few patients need to be called and follow up arranged. I’ll contact them later today.

Apply to become a Registrar Liaison Officer

Posted on May 26, 2020

Be the voice for registrars in your region. Are you a WAGPET registrar who would like to support your peers and provide strategic advice to influence the shape of the training program?

Community spotlight: Dr Paula Straatsma

Posted on May 21, 2020

General practice is unique as you are a generalist which is immensely satisfying as you get to learn about the whole of medicine. Within this generalist framework you can develop interests in areas that you are passionate about. General practice gives you autonomy in where you want to live and what hours you want to work. It also enables you to work in rural Australia which is immensely satisfying and you have the most grateful population in the country.

Join the Rural Rapid Response squad in WA

Posted on May 19, 2020

If you’re ready for a change of location and would like to use your medical skills to help WA’s rural community, there’s an ideal opportunity for you. WA Country Health Service and Rural Health West are looking for doctors to join the Rural Remote Response team and work alongside medical staff in rural hospitals during COVID-19.

AGPT applications are now closed

Posted on May 14, 2020

Applications for the 2021 Australian General Practice Training Program (AGPT) are now closed. If you completed your AGPT application - well done! Your GP college is currently assessing your eligibility for the program, ensuring that you have general registration, or eligibility to be granted it by the time you are due to commence the training program in January 2021 and Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or permanent residency.

The time is now: apply to the WA Rural Generalist program today

Posted on May 08, 2020

If you're interested in rural and remote training, apply to the WA Rural Generalist program today and you could be a qualified rural generalist by 2024. The WA Rural Generalist (WARG) program is open to junior doctors who have chosen a career in general practice and have a passion and commitment to the broadest scope of medical care - including emergency medicine in a rural hospital setting, advanced care in specialty areas, and comprehensive community general practice. It’s medicine with meaning.

Register for RMA20 today

Posted on May 01, 2020

Don’t miss out on the biggest rural networking event of the year!

GP placements in 2020

Posted on Apr 30, 2020

MyMatch – the online tool to arrange training placements for next year - is now open.

An update on COVID-19 and GP vocational training

Posted on Apr 28, 2020

Relevant information for registrars, supervisors and practice managers.

What you need to know about AGPT eligibility

Posted on Apr 24, 2020

So you want to be a GP? We think that is a fantastic career choice. GP is the ultimate medical specialty. Let us help you start your career journey to GP.

Join WAGPET and RACGP for the tips of a successful AGPT application

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

The closing date for AGPT applications is drawing near. If you've still got questions, then we've got the answers for you.

Is GP for me?

Posted on Apr 17, 2020

Picking your medical specialty is no easy decision. There are an array of options available. So how do you know what’s the right choice for you?

Incentives for rural registrars: everything you need to know

Posted on Apr 16, 2020

Did you know that you may be eligible to receive a rural incentive payment if you’re working in a Modified Monash (MM) 3-7 location?

What is medicine with meaning?

Posted on Apr 16, 2020

Picture this, you get an emergency call at 6am for a Category One caesarean and help deliver a healthy baby girl. You leave mother and baby, who are doing well, to start your shift in the emergency department, where you receive a severely short of breath older gentleman and through an x-ray diagnose an end stage lesion. From there, you're called out for a road retrieval of a 33 year old woman whose been in a motor vehicle accident. You stabilise her and get her off to Perth.

Calling all research enthusiasts

Posted on Apr 14, 2020

If you have an interest in research, we have an exciting opportunity for you.

Supporting you in GP vocational training

Posted on Apr 14, 2020

Thank you, our GP registrars, supervisors and practice managers, for working with us in this most unusual time in the life of our communities, profession and our program.

Practise medicine with meaning as a WA rural generalist

Posted on Apr 09, 2020

The career of your dreams is within your reach.

Live Q&A with WAGPET and AMA WA

Posted on Apr 07, 2020

Understanding employment rights at a practice - from both the employer and registrar perspective - is vital right now.

Diverse medical training in WA

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

General practice is a highly diverse and unique discipline that combines rigorous scientific training with relationship-based philosophy, placing it at the very centre of an effective healthcare system.

How are you? Can we help?

Posted on Apr 03, 2020

We are here to support you and are open to take any enquiries you have from 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday.

Region profile: Central Wheatbelt

Posted on Apr 02, 2020

Did you know the Central Wheatbelt is the farming hub of Western Australia? Twice the size of Tasmania, this region forms a fringe around the central Perth area.

Plan your career with one of WAGPET’s medical educators

Posted on Apr 02, 2020

We're here to help you through your application. If you're still on the fence, or have questions you'd like answered, we're here to help!

COVID-19 resources and webinars

Posted on Mar 31, 2020

We have launched a new webpage on the WAGPET website where you can find COVID-19 resources relevant to you.

Region profile: Great Southern

Posted on Mar 31, 2020

The Great Southern region, often referred to as the 'Great Outdoors' begins just 220 kilometres south east of Perth. It boasts pristine waterways, fertile land, fresh produce and prize-winning wines with rugged coastline that provides unbeatable scenery and oceanside adventure, popular family beaches and quiet sheltered bays.

COVID-19: GP college resources, telehealth and practice support

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

We know you are under pressure in the current environment and are adapting to the introduction of telehealth, PPE, social distancing and learning via remote means.

Be the doctor you want to be with the AGPT

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Do you like the rush of the emergency department, the precision of surgery or the challenge of retrieval medicine?

COVID-19: GP vocational training and telehealth webinars

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

We know each of our registrars, supervisors and practice managers are in unprecedented and difficult times and we are here to help you and adapt with the changes.

Region profile: South West

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

The South West region is your one-stop shop for breathtaking scenery, quirky wildlife encounters and fulfilling experiences. You can enjoy natural beaches, beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more.

Calling for nominations for the 2020 WAGPET awards

Posted on Mar 27, 2020

We are honoured to work with so many fantastic people in the GP community of WA and it is time to celebrate them! The WAGPET awards recognises outstanding registrars, supervisors and training facilities across our state for their demonstrated excellence in practice, education and community impact.

Welcome to the Rural Wrap

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

The WA Rural Generalist (WARG) program is off to a flying start. Under the auspices of WA GP Education and Training (WAGPET) in partnership with WA Country Health Service, this program directly speaks to the need for greater access to quality healthcare across rural and remote WA.

Region profile: Pilbara

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

Twice the size of the United Kingdom, the Pilbara region offers some of WA’s most unique natural landscapes, historic Indigenous archaeological sites and culture, as well as dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens.

Launching the WAGPET Alumni

Posted on Mar 26, 2020

We've created an alumni community to help our fellowed GPs to stay connected with the AGPT program, GP peers and WAGPET.

2021 AGPT applications now open

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

Is general practice the specialty for you? You can now apply for the Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program for 2021.

Region profile: the Kimberley

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

The Kimberley region, affectionately known as the wilderness frontier, is an ancient landscape covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. With ample adventure opportunities from sandy white beaches to majestic canyons, freshwater swimming holes to rugged 4WD tracks, luxury accommodation to outback stations, the Kimberley region has it all.

Much to be proud of in Bruce Rock

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

In a time when small country towns are dwindling and their future is uncertain, Bruce Rock can proudly boast that they are one of the few that has a resident doctor, dentist and pharmacist all living within the town. Not only that, but our doctor has been here 14+ years and our dentist has been here 13+ years.

Recognising rural generalist medicine as a specialist field

Posted on Mar 24, 2020

The process of having Rural Generalist Medicine recognised as a specialist field within the speciality of general practice has taken a significant step forward.

Rural GP & Aboriginal health

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

Attending this incredible trip as a medical escort was probably the highlight of my GP career so far! This unique experience reinforced why I love being a rural generalist working in Aboriginal health.

Why Rural GP: Dr Alice Fitzgerald

Posted on Jul 01, 2019

My journey to the East Kimberley, started with a GP registrar job offer, a second-hand Hilux and a partner with a passion for four-wheel-driving and fishing. Having completed my Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics, I was itching to start my career as a rural GP. And what a better place than Kununurra, just a short 3300 km from Perth?

Why Aboriginal Health: Dr Alex Maslen

Posted on Jul 01, 2019

Having worked across other Aboriginal Medical Services and also in private practice throughout my training, I feel well-equipped to say that DAHS provides an excellent post for GP training and is one of the best places I have ever worked.

Why GP: Dr John van Bockxmeer

Posted on Jul 01, 2019

“Once I had experienced a rural placement, I knew that I wanted to keep working in rural locations, where I believe there is a strong sense of community and identity,” John said. “For me, general practice is about understanding and targeting the root cause of preventable illness to create healthier citizens, it is also about developing a more holistic health system that focuses on preventing illness with healthier lifestyles.”

Why Rural GP: Dr James Wong

Posted on Jun 30, 2019

Rural GP adds an additional challenge. I think there is a misconception that rural GPs work in isolation and in difficult workplace environments. Instead, my experience has been quite the opposite. I get extensive support from colleagues and specialists who provide on-call advice and regular education. A lot of complex medical cases are also co-managed between specialists and GPs, which keeps the job interesting while still being supported. There’s always the feeling of working in a team in rural GP.

Why Aboriginal Health: Dr Rohan Carter

Posted on Jun 20, 2019

Rohan believes that one of the most effective ways of closing the gap in Aboriginal Health is to ensure patients are educated about their role in their own health care. Closing the gap is a strategy that aims to reduce Indigenous disadvantage with respect to life expectancy, child mortality, access to early childhood education, educational achievement, employment outcomes.