2020 Semester Dates

2020.1 Semester: 3 Feb 2020 – 2 August 2020

2020.2 Semester: 3 Aug 2020 – 31 Jan 2021

Important updates

Change to training time requirements

MCCC following ongoing discussions with the RACGP and in line with the NTCER, will be enforcing the following as definitions of training:

Full time training requires full time employment of 38 hours per week worked over at least four days*, averaged over a four week period. It will encompass patient contact time, education release time, in practice teaching time and administration time (where applicable). Anything less than 38 hours will be considered part time training.

Minimum part time training is 14.5 hours per week employment over a minimum of two days*. This will encompass patient contact time, education release time, in practice teaching time and administration time (where applicable).

Please note that if a registrar is working across two practices then they must meet the minimum 14.5 hour of employment at each location.

Should you have any queries, please contact your MCCC REAPS directly or call: 1300 622 247

*each session must not be less than three consecutive hours.

External events

Rural Generalist workshops

Seeking both ACRRM and RACGP registrars for small working groups to contribute to the development of the rural generalist pathway, specifically for the Victorian Rural Generalist Program- Loddon Mallee Pathway.

There are four working groups consisting of :
o Selection and Recruitment, Education and Supervision, Mentoring and Pathway Design.
o The commitment will involve a meeting of one hour per month (approx.) which can be attended face to face in Echuca or Bendigo or via technology.

Please contact Gemma Bilardi at gbilardi@murrayphn.org.au

Additional leave

Are you taking additional leave that exceeds annual and personal leave allocations, as per the NCTER and AGPT leave policy? This is known as program leave.

Variation to training time

Are you wanting to alter your hours of work?

Both program leave and/or variations to training time will affect your overall training time and possibly when you can sit exams.

Accurate records are required at ALL levels of training.

When relevant, please complete the appropriate forms and email to the relevant address.

Industry partners

Victorian Primary Health Networks (PHNs)

There are six PHNs across Victoria running educational sessions which may be of interest to registrars.  Current topics include infertility, mental health, diabetes, emergency medicine and more. Click here for their range of webinar sessions.

Click here to find your local PHN and for more information on face to face educational sessions in your area.

What is a PHN?

PHNs were established to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

The Government has agreed to seven key priorities for targeted work by PHNs. These are mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, population health, health workforce, digital health, aged care, and alcohol and other drugs.

Meet your 2019 RLO team!

Dr Charles Aitken


Dr Charles Aitken

Hi! My name is Charles and I am the Senior Registrar Liaison Officer with MCCC. I am a current Metro West GPT3 working in Spotswood. I took on the RLO position as I believe that GP is a diverse career path with something for everyone and I want to support registrars to get the most from their training. Having grown up in rural North West Victoria I hope to have a career in rural general practice and have a particular interest in supporting registrars in more challenging and isolated locations.

Contact Charles: charles.aitken@mccc.com.au

Dr Amanda Cohn

North East RLO

Dr Amanda Cohn

I’m the new north-east RLO and a am a GPT1 based in Albury-Wodonga. I really love living in this region; I was a medical student at the rural clinical school in Albury and did my hospital time at Albury Wodonga Health.  I have a strong interest in the social and environmental determinants of health which resulted in an MPH as well as strong local advocacy on a number of issues. I was elected to Albury City Council in 2016 and I’m currently the Deputy Mayor of Albury.

Contact Amanda: RLO.NE@mccc.com.au

Dr Nikhil Puppala

North West RLO

Dr Nikhil Puppala

Hello! I am the NW RLO and a GPT3 currently working in Gisborne. My goal for 2019 is to learn more about the MBS and billings! Outside of my work, I enjoy travelling, hiking and photography. I am currently working on a goal of climbing 30 different mountains around the world before my 30th birthday. 

Contact Nikhil: RLO.NW@mccc.com.au

Dr Jennifer Brommeyer

South West RLO

Dr Jennifer Brommeyer

Hello! I’m Jenny, a SW RL GPT3 currently working in Geelong. I enjoy the beach plus spending time with family and my new puppy, Charlie! I hope to remain in the Geelong region after Fellowship.

Contact Jennifer: RLO.SW@mccc.com.au

Dr Andrew Hawthorne


Dr Andrew Hawthorne

Hi! I am Andrew, currently a PRRT1 registrar at Benalla in the Northeast region. I completed my AST last year in anaesthetics and am enjoying getting out of the clinic and giving the odd anaesthetic. Outside of work I enjoy being a dad to two year old twin girls. I often tell my wife that I go to work as a break from them, but don’t think she appreciates it all that much.

Contact Andrew: andrew.hawthorne@mccc.com.au

Dr Tessa Page

Dr Tessa Page

Hi! My name is Tessa, I am currently working in Truganina and I’m originally from New Zealand. My interests incude women’s health, antenatal care, paediatrics and mental health.

Contact Tessa: RLO.MW@mccc.com.au