GPET is committed to improving access to primary health care for all Australians. In response to COAG's 'Closing the Gap' on the health disadvantage between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians GPET is making a significant contribution through national and regional initiatives that aim to increase the number of registrars training in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. GPET's Framework for general practice training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health will provide a best practice strategic approach to not only increasing the numbers of registrars, but also the quality of the comprehensive primary health care experience and training provided to registrars.
Central to GPET's approach to quality registrar training in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and its commitment to 'Closing the Gap', is strong partnerships with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA), the AGPT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Educators and Cultural Mentors Network, General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) and the Indigenous General Practice Registrars Network (IGPRN) and regional training providers.
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Reconciliation Action Plan
GPET acknowledges its corporate responsibility to 'Closing the Gap' and in October 2010, launched its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which outlines its commitment and actions for the 12-month period from Sept 2010-Sept 2011. Flowing on from the first RAP's achievements, GPET’s second RAP is being developed to launch at the 2013 GPET Convention that will be held 11 – 12 September.
Click here to read GPET's RAP.
To read more about the development of the second GPET RAP click here.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Training Posts
Registrars can choose to train in an AGPT accredited Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Training post, which are located in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and Aboriginal Medical Services, appropriate Torres Strait Islander Health Services and in some instances, appropriate State and Territory Government Health Services in the Northern Territory and the top end of Queensland.
To find out more about these training posts, please click here
The Advisory Group provides strategic advice directly to the GPET Board. GPET's commitment to COAG's 'Closing the Gap' initiative has meant an exponential growth in activity at both the national and regional levels requiring sound advice representative of the experience, expertise and knowledge of the diverse AGPT stakeholder community working to deliver quality registrar training. The Advisory Group has provided expert, culturally sound strategic advice that has supported GPET to initiate a number of core activities aiming to increase the number of registrars undertaking training in Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services or an appropriate Torres Strait Islander primary health care training. This advice will also serve to increase the clinical and cultural quality of all training in this area and has included:
- Continuing to define what constitutes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training experience
- Improved data definitions
- Providing guidelines to support the pilot to devolve registrar salaries to RTPs
- Supporting the Training Capacity and Resources project
- Revising and drafting Framework for General Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- The Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Education and Cultural Mentoring Capacity research project. This research is being undertaken by the University of Western Sydney.
GPET is proud of the partnerships that have been developed through the work of the Advisory Group. The membership is a testament to our commitment to comprehensive consultation processes.
The Advisory Group is made up of representatives from the following organisations and professional communities:
- National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)
- GPET's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Educators and Cultural Mentors Network
- Australian Indigenous Doctors Association (AIDA)
- Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP)
- Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
- Australian Medical Educators Network (AMEN)
- General Practice Supervisors Liaison Officers Network
- General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA)
- RTP CEOs (ACE)
- GPET Board
- The Advisory Group Terms of Reference are available here