COVID-19 information

Please see the COVID-19 page of our website for additional details of resources available to supervisors and practices during the coronavirus pandemic.

We have been providing regular updates to all our registrars, supervisors and practice managers and we ask them to regularly check their emails for these updates which detail all education and training activities, policies and procedures currently impacted by COVID-19. This information can also be found on MeL.

COVID-19 changes to Practice Incentive Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP)  

In recognition that general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations across the nation have been impacted by COVID-19, the Department of Health and Services Australia have undertaken work to implement a number of temporary measures under the Practice Incentives Program (PIP) and Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) to help ensure business continuity.

These measures are designed to make it easier for practices to continue to manage the impact of COVID-19 and to continue providing quality care to their communities.

Read the full update from the Department of Health here

Practice Experience Program (PEP)

Assessors urgently required, for more information see position description and expression of interest.

National Terms and Conditions for the Employment of Registrars (NTCER) increase in base rate salary.

GPSA and GPRA have advised of an increase to base rate salaries for GP registrars employed under the NTCER.

The 1.5% increase in base rates of pay will be effective from 3 August 2020 (the commencement of the second training term in 2020).

New base rates of pay:

Term Existing 1.5% increase New weekly rate New hourly
GPT1 $76,533.48 $77,681.48 $1,493.88 $39.31
GPT2 $92,013.42 $93,393.62 $1,796.03 $47.26
GPT3&4 $98,272.02 $99,746.10 $1,918.20 $50.48

If you have any queries regarding the NTCER or the outlined changes, please email GPSA.

Have you subscribed to SuperCast, MCCC’s podcast for supervisors?

NEW EPISODE!

This episode of Supercast features three guests discussing their experiences with remote ECTVs:
– Registrar Dr Catherine Law
– Senior ICT Manager Peter Ellenby
– Medical Educator Dr Jacinta O’Neill

There are some great tips for supervisors about how to implement rECTVs plus discussions regarding IT tech security.

What is SuperCast?

Dr Paul Grinzi, a medical educator from our metro west office, has created SuperCast – a podcast for MCCC supervisors. SuperCast will keep you informed about important GP training topics and upcoming MCCC workshop dates and is available for both iOS and Android devices.

This month’s episode discusses COVID-19 and provides insight into training and supervision changes as well as resources available to support GPs and registrars during this time.

For iOS devices: Search for MCCC GP Training in iTunes to listen via the Apple Podcast app. Instructions on how to subscribe are available in this guide.

For Android or iOS devices: Search for MCCC GP Training in the Stitcher app. Instructions on how to subscribe are available in this guide.

Your Supervisor Liaison Officers (SLOs)

MCCC’s Supervisor Liaison Officers facilitate communication and act as a conduit between MCCC’s accredited supervisors and the organisation.

They are able to provide support and professional advice to colleagues regarding training and education requirements, and provide feedback to MCCC’s executive team via quarterly meetings.

Your SLO team

Dr Helen Dooley (Senior SLO)

Dr Hanna El-Khoury (MW region)

Dr Cameron Profitt (SW region)

Dr Dr Bill Walton (NE region)

Dr Tania Jones (NE region)

Dr Michael Connellan (NW region)

Dr Jay Mungi (NW region)

 

INTRODUCING – NE SLO

DR TANIA JONES

Dr Tania Jones grew up in Melbourne completing her studies at Monash University.

During her RACGP training she decided to go ‘rural’ for a while after spending time in her final med school year in Nhill and as an intern in Bairnsdale. She was placed for GP training in Yarrawonga and has resided there for nearly 20 years.

An GP Obstetrician, Tania provided intrapartum care until the unit closed in January 2020. She currently provides inpatient and urgent care to the local 21 bed hospital, participates in the Doctors In Schools program and has been a practice owner and supervisor for 17 years – and feels she is still learning.

In her spare time she enjoys sport – having been lucky enough to be involved with playing, coaching and supporting netball, basketball and football in the local area.

She and her (non-medical) husband have three children and, living close to the Murray River, all enjoy water sports over the summer.

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