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Overview

The Rural Generalism Consolidation Year (RG Consolidation) enables rural medical practitioners who have completed procedural advanced skills training with opportunities to maintain and consolidate their advanced skills to transition to becoming independent rural proceduralists.


RG Consolidation training posts are developed specifically for trainees based on their training needs and future employment plans. To consolidate their skills trainees will often work across multiple settings such as community general practice, small rural health services and larger regional health services. 


RG Consolidation training posts are developed to ensure that trainees have access to appropriate supervision and support when utilising their new skills and becoming independent rural generalists.


Support under the VRGP for RG Consolidation is available to medical practitioners who have undertaken procedural RG Advanced training posts, including:

  • Anaesthetics (JCCA - Joint Consultative Committee on Anaesthesia)
  • Emergency Medicine (ACEM EMC/EMD)
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology (DRANZCOG/DRANZCOG Adv.)

Other skills consolidation may be considered if there is an identified need health service need.
During RG Consolidation, trainees are generally employed by a general practice and also work in a regional or rural health service. RG Consolidation training posts may also include support for shifts and/or rotations at large regional or metropolitan health services to support trainees to gain further experience and attain volume of work requirements.

Eligibility

Group 1 - Pathway candidates

  • Existing VRGP trainees who are currently completing/completed an RG Advanced procedural training post
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in rural Victoria, in both general practice and health service settings, including on-call work.

Group 2 - Lateral entry and Fellowed GP candidates

  • The following candidates will be considered on a case by case basis:
    • Candidates who have completed advanced skills training previously and require supervision to return to procedural practice
    • Candidates who have completed advanced skills training interstate
  • Must hold a Fellowship of, or be enrolled in, the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or be enrolled in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and hold Fellowship of Advanced Rural General Practice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in rural Victoria, in both general practice and health service settings, including on-call work.

How do I apply for RG consolidation?

The RG Consolidation training posts will be arranged by the VRGP Regional Coordinators. Eligible trainees will be contacted regarding their training plans and future employment. The VRGP Regional Coordinators will make the appropriate arrangements on behalf of trainees in collaboration with the Regional Training Organisations, health service/s and general practice/s.
All RG Consolidation training posts are to be approved by the VRGP Coordinators, the relevant VRGP Clinical Lead and the relevant RTO for AGPT trainees.

Hear from a past Rural Generalist trainee

DR CAMERON TAVERNA

Tell us a little bit about yourself and where you work?

I work in Echuca in a general practice clinic and at Echuca Regional Heath with a special interest in anaesthetics. I have a Border Collie, like swimming and bike riding and enjoy having family in the local area.

Why did you become a GP proceduralist?

I had some really positive experiences during my training with exposure to a range of skilled mentors and supervisors. They had been doing the job long before there was a 'generalist' identity around the role and that inspired me to see it was possible to develop a high-level skill set in a diverse range of skills. The country is a good fit for me, I'm a country person and I like living and working here in Echuca.

What did you find hard?

Professional isolation can be challenging, and knowing how and when to reach out to respected colleagues for mutual support/debriefing. Maintaining a work/life balance can also be hard with competing roles and over lapping relationships in the community.

I had some really positive experiences during my training with exposure to a range of skilled mentors and supervisors.

What range of situations do you have to deal with?

It's a wide scope. From comprehensive primary care and prevention with General Practice, to routine and elective anaesthetic cases, babies being born in theatre and looking after the most compromised patients in hospital for resuscitation and stabilisation and sometimes transfer. Those critical care skills can definitely come in handy!

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