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Become a training practice

Turn your clinic into a training practice for GP registrars

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Become a GP training practice so that you can help shape our upcoming workforce.

At GPTQ, we offer support, resources and outstanding GP registrars to accredited training practices across southeast Queensland.

It’s great for a supervisor and the practice to have new, keen doctors coming in.

Dr Steve Kearney, GP Supervisor and Liaison Officer, Ningi

What is a GP training practice?

A training practice is an accredited general practice committed to teaching registrars and medical students. The practice must gain accreditation based on standards and requirements set by RACGP or ACRRM. This ensures these practices deliver high-quality medical education and training for their registrars.

Why become a training practice?

The benefits of becoming a training practice include:

  • Enhancing your clinic’s reputation, as you become a leader in medical education
  • Strengthening your bonds with other organisations involved in teaching registrars and medical students
  • Enhancing the teaching skills of you and your colleagues
  • Injecting fresh eyes and energy into your practice, which may help you constantly improve your processes and systems
  • Contributing to and shaping future generations of GPs
  • Building relationships with doctors who may return to your practice in the future

How do you become a training practice?

Firstly, you must have AGPAL or GPA accreditation. Next, the current GPTQ process to become a training practice involves:

  1. Your practice completes this Expression of Interest (EOI).
  2. The EOI is reviewed by our accreditation team.
  3. An application process is undertaken.
  4. An accreditation practice visit is arranged and report prepared for GPTQ.
  5. If approved, your practice is added to our online portals MyGPTQ and MyPLACEMENT.

Once approved, your practice is ready to start the process of welcoming registrars, in doing so, help shape the next generation of Australian GPs. We provide support and resources to guide you through the process.

Frequently asked questions

How do I set up a general practice?

Setting up a general practice first requires research into patient need to determine a location where your practice could be successful. Having found a suitable location, you will need to research many aspects of the business, including:

  • practice design
  • business structures
  • financial management
  • staffing arrangements
  • risk management
  • tax requirements
  • insurance

The two GP colleges – The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) – have lots of valuable resources available to help you in these areas. When thinking about setting up your general practice, consider whether you might like to become a training practice too. This provides you with an opportunity to shape the next generation of GPs.

Where should I set up a general practice?

If you are planning to set up your own general practice, the best location would be one that is in need of more doctors. There will be more patient demand and less competition from general practice providers. If
you wish to start a practice in your local neighbourhood, you will need to conduct research about the local population and the current medical service providers operating in the area to determine the viability of
your practice. Like any new business, a general practice cannot exist without a client base; in this case, the patients.

Areas in need of more doctors tend to be rural and remote locations, but there may also be possibilities in metropolitan areas. Visit Doctor Connect, an Australian Government website, for more information about areas in need of doctors, or check your state government’s website.

Why should I get my general practice accredited?

General practice accreditation provides official recognition of excellence of care and a commitment to the values of a meaningful medical practice. It gives your patients and staff confirmation that your practice is
run to the highest standards. If you are interested in becoming a training practice to teach the next generation of GPs, accreditation is an important first step.

Get more information about general practice accreditation.

What is general practice accreditation?

General practice accreditation provides you – and your patients – with an official guarantee of the provision of top quality, safe and effective patient care. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) publishes a comprehensive guide to standards for maintaining an excellent general practice. To gain accreditation, your practice is assessed against these criteria by an independent third party.
If you are interested in becoming a training practice to teach the next generation of GPs, accreditation is an important first step.
Visit RACGP for more information about general practice accreditation.

Do I need general practice accreditation to train registrars?

Yes, all practices must have either AGPAL or GPA practice accreditation before you can apply to take registrars in your practice.

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