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The MCCC GP Trainee Placement Process

The MCCC GP Trainee Placement Process

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MCCC is committed to addressing the primary healthcare needs of communities within our footprint; strengthening their capabilities whilst providing quality training and learning opportunities to registrars.

To support this, our GP Trainee (Registrar) Placement Process must consider the requirements of our communities and practices as well as registrars’ training needs.

Registrar Placement applies to registrars starting Training Term 1-4 (TT1-4) and may include registrars undertaking extension terms. It may exclude registrars returning from maternity leave completing an agreed placement. However, these registrars can elect to participate should they require a new practice to undertake the term.

MCCC facilitates the placement of registrars in order to:

  • Assist in building a sustainable primary healthcare team within the MCCC footprint, especially in areas of higher workforce need
  • Encourage registrars to take advantage of the experience offered by more rural and remote practices
  • Support each registrar’s identified training needs eg Rural Generalist (RG) Pathways, RG Consolidation of Skills, ACRRM requirements and general pathway obligations
  • Ensure equitable distribution of registrars to training practices
  • Ensure transparency of the process
  • Expose registrars to a variety of practices.

MCCC has both general pathway and rural pathway locations. Registrars may be required to train in any part of the MCCC region, even if it is not the registrar’s preferred location but meets their training needs.

The placement process usually covers a 12-month period. Typically, this is either two six-month placements or one 12-month placement, dependent on practice and registrar availability. Through the accreditation/re-accreditation process, practices will be informed of the level/s of registrar/s suitable to train in their post.

IMPORTANT: The College abbreviations GPT and CGT are referred to collectively within as Training Term (TT) eg: Training Term 1 (TT1) has replaced GPT/CGT1, Training Term 2 (TT2) has replaced GPT/CGT2, Training Term 3 (TT3) has replaced GPT/CGT3, Training Term 4 (TT4) has replaced GPT/CGT4.

The placement process enables registrars to engage with a variety of practices and to understand what each has to offer.

Where can I train?

Where can I train?

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Registrars must apply and interview within their own region during the Competitive Placement Process.

However, during the Priority Placement and MCCC Directed Placement, registrars may apply within the entire MCCC footprint.

Applying in the second intake for the 2022 AGPT Program? Click here for further information.

How do I find a practice?

How do I find a practice?

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During the Priority Placement period, registrars can view a list of participating practices on the Priority Placement Page of our website.

Details of the Competitive Placement process are available on the Registrar Placement Process page. This page will be updated in October to include a list of the practices with vacancies in 2023.

When these lists are made live, registrars can use the search filters to find practices with vacancies.

Once filtered appropriately, registrars are to click the names of the practices to view the practice profile. The practice profile outlines the position on offer (detailed in the ‘Vacancy Details box, pictured above right) and provides valuable information about the additional learning opportunities at the clinic, supervisor special skills/interests, previous registrar testimonials and community/tourism information about the local area.

IMPORTANT: The ‘Where you can train’ page on our website is not a list of practices offering positions in 2023. You must go to the Registrar Placement page for practices specific to 2023 Competitive Placement.

Training time – applying for the right position

Training time – applying for the right position

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Registrars are expected to train full time ie 38 hours a week. In some circumstances, part-time training may be approved by the Regional Head of Education.

Registrars must gain prior approval for part-time positions from MCCC at least 20 days prior to the placement process commencing.

Positions matching each of the employment options are searchable on the Registrar Placement Process page from the placement stage open date.

Full-time only positions:

• The registrar must be employed 38 hours a week
• Practices will ONLY review applications from full-time registrars undertaking full-time training at 38 hours a week.

Part-time only positions:

• Available if part-time hours have been pre-approved by the Regional Head of Education
• Minimum part-time 14.5 employment hours per week (RACGP) and 16 hours per week (ACRRM)
• Practices will review CVs from pre-approved part-time applicants ONLY
• You must discuss your preferred hours at interview.

Both options available:

• The practice is happy to review CVs from either full-time or pre-approved part-time applicants
• Registrars must advise practices of their full-time or pre-approved part-time hours in their cover
letter, whilst ensuring minimum training requirements are met
• Registrars and practices must discuss the preferred hours for the position at interview.

Additional information can be found in the MCCC Training Obligations Policy and Procedure

Living and working rurally

Experience shows that the most significant obstacle to a registrar’s success in the program is separation from family members.

The offer of training from MCCC is made on the understanding that a registrar will take up residence within the town or community associated with their term placement.

With consideration to fatigue management and registrar well-being, registrars on the rural pathway are expected to reside within 60 minutes’ travel time from the practice in which they have interviewed and been matched to.

Attempting to reside further away than this while training on the rural pathway is detrimental to training and registrar well-being.