Log in with your email address username.

×

Important notice

doctorportal Learning is on the move as we will be launching a new website very shortly. If you would like to sign up to dp Learning now to register for CPD learning or to use our CPD tracker, please email support@doctorportal.com.au so we can assist you. If you are already signed up to doctorportal Learning, your login will work in the new site so you can continue to enrol for learning, complete an online module, or access your CPD tracker report.

To access and/or sign up for other resources such as Jobs Board, Bookshop or InSight+, please go to www.mja.com.au, or click the relevant menu item and you will be redirected.

All other doctorportal services, such as Find A Doctor, are no longer available.

Reporting rural workforce outcomes of rural-based postgraduate vocational training

- Featured Image

To the Editor: Following calls to bridge the evidence gap regarding rural exposure and uptake into rural medical practice,1 Rural Clinical Schools (RCS) regularly report graduate rural career outcomes. This permits comparison of approaches and quality improvement of the program.

Comparatively little is reported from the postgraduate rural-based vocational training programs. Just as the evidence gap for RCS required bridging, a similar approach should be adopted as standing key performance outcome indicators of regional training providers.

Ministerial review of general practice training previously identified a chronic undersupply of rural doctors as a “pressing concern” for government.2 Rural vocational training needs were determined as a priority in establishing the regionalised Australian General Practice Training (AGPT) program in 2002. The program requires 50% of vocational training to be conducted in rural areas to improve distribution of general practitioners into rural and regional areas.3 Yet, unlike RCS, in the AGPT program, training providers are not required to routinely report their rural workforce outcomes.

Two key performance outcome indicators are proposed: rural retention rate (RRR) and advanced rural skills proportion (ARSP). RRR reflects the number of registrars…

email