An update on COVID-19 and GP vocational training

Posted on 28th Apr 2020

Stand by your GP campaign

This week, WAGPET has launched a community campaign to elevate the status of our GP supervisors who, despite the current environment, are raising the bar and continuing to support and train registrars, ensuring and securing a strong future for GP. 

Called Stand by your GP, the campaign encourages patients to return to the GP specialist practices which are standing by their registrars in metropolitan Perth and regional Western Australia.

Outdoor flu vaccine clinic a hit with patients

One of our training facilities in Perth's south eastern suburbs is one of a few practices that has developed a creative way to deliver flu vaccinations to patients, while maintaining safety measures and social distancing.

The 'outdoor flu vaccine clinic' allows patients to receive their vaccination from their car or on foot, preventing their exposure to crowded waiting rooms.

RACGP interviewed two of our medical educators and GPs at the practice, Dr Lewis MacKinnon and Dr Ramya Raman, on newsGP on the college's website. The brains behind this innovation approach, Dr MacKinnon and Dr Raman explained they had received an overwhelming positive response from patients. To read more, click here.

Webinars coming up and recordings

GP Supervisors Australia CEO, Glen Wallace, joined our Live Q&A twice last week with two interesting presentations about innovation through disruption in practices. You can watch these here: session 1 and session 2.

Some of our most experienced GPs presented a very practical and highly relevant webinar for registrars on telehealth this week – it was practical and fun with role plays involved.  You can watch the recording here.

Telehealth with AMA (WA)

Join Australian Medical Association (WA) Councillors and general practitioners Dr Simon Torvaldsen and Dr Marcus Tan this Thursday evening as they discuss Telehealth. The session focuses on bulk billing restrictions, current COVID-19 risk requirements, the appropriate use of Telehealth and patient follow-up, the technology supporting this particular aspect of healthcare, and its future post COVID-19. Register here.

Local governments response to COVID-19

Local government authorities in Western Australia are putting plans in place to support their communities and local economies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

You can find an overview here of some initiatives that WA local governments have put in place for their local small business community.

Less emails but the same high level of support

Some of you have told us you’d like less email communication about the COVID-19 impacts on GP vocational training but to still stay in touch. Our program training advisors, regional medical educators and registrar liaison officers have been reaching out to practices and registrars and we will continue with one COVID-19 email update each week. Our COVID-19 page on our website is constantly being updated and if you’d like any other information or support, please speak with your program training advisor.

ACRRM and RACGP also have excellent information about COVID-19 on their websites that are specifically related to GP vocational training.