General practice an intern option

GENERAL practices could soon see more medical graduates through their doors under a proposal by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) to make intern rotation placements more flexible.

The proposal is part of an MBA push to create a national internship standard. 

It would mean other states could join South Australia in giving interns the option to complete some core rotation requirements, such as emergency medical care, outside of hospitals. 

The option would complement the existing federally funded Prevocational General Practice Placements Program (PGPPP) for interns seeking GP experience.

While the PGPPP offers incentive payments for GPs who agree to take on interns, it is not yet known whether any similar funding would be offered for those who take on interns as part of any parallel arrangement.

A draft of the national internship standards will be released for consultation; however, the proposal for expanded non